With all the rain and off and on temperatures I figure I will be lucky to get much from my few plants this year. Finally I have one Grape Tomato turning and finally I have more coming on. I even used Blossom Set but a couple of weeks ago we had two weeks or so of high heat and humidity, somewhere in the mid 90's. Then we got down in the lower 40's a couple of nights but mainly the low 50's. Plants don't like changes and they don't like heat, well not tomatoes.
This plant is in a Topsy Turvy, little experimenting on my part. I have a full size tomato also in one as well as a full size in the ground. The two full size are running neck and neck but the in ground plant seems to be catching up. You see, it took a beating when we had small baseball size hail hit the area. Poor thing was on the ground with a partially cut stem. I stood it up and packed some dirt around it and voila, it is growing well.
The other full size as well as the grape type are in the Topsy Turvy planters. They weathered the storm quite well. I think it was due to the fact that they could swing in the wind and thus the plant end was not exposed to the hail. It was the end where put your dirt in. One took a couple of real damaging hits that broke the lid into several pieces. I called the company to try to buy a replacement and they sent me a new one, no charge, not even shipping. Only thing is it the kind that you put a pole through the center and the plants (3) around the side. I have sense then used duct tape, takes six strips, to fix the cracks and to keep it in place.