Teed Off At Golf Ball-Size Tomatoes

October 8, 2015 | By | Comments (3)
Golf Ball Tomatoes

‘Golf Ball’ tomato. Photo: golf-explorations.com

Today’s fascinating question comes from faithful reader, Robert, who complains, “I plant many different kinds of tomatoes, but none ever get larger than a golf ball. What am I doing wrong? Am I leaving something out?”

Grumpy’s Guaranteed 100% Correct Answer: Robert, it’s quite possible that you have been planting a new kind of tomato from St. Andrews, Scotland called “Golf Ball.” This remarkable new selection exhibits the exact same size, weight, texture, appearance, and taste of a PGA golf ball. It also has excellent storage ability and does not need refrigerating.

If you’re not growing ‘Golf Ball,’ then your tomatoes don’t like where they’re growing. Tomatoes need full sun and fertile, well-drained soil containing lots of organic matter, such as composted down manure, mushroom compost, ground bark, and chopped leaves. Feed your plants every two weeks during the growing season with a liquid fertilizer labeled for tomatoes. Put down a two-inch layer of mulch over the soil to keep the roots cool and moist. Finally, try growing tomatoes that have the letters VFTNA after the name. This tells you that your plants resist many common tomato pests.


  1. Kathleen

    Diane Nevitt,
    So sorry to hear that. We had something similar here back in May. It killed a couple newly planted figs, The roots just rotted under water.
    Hopefully more mature trees will fare better.
    God bless!

    October 9, 2015 at 3:06 pm
  2. Diane Nevitt

    I live in central South Carolina and have just had flooding rains. I have 25 Crepe Myrtles with 2 foot of water around them and the water is not receding but about an inch a day. How long will the Myrtles survive with water standing around them. Any suggestions on saving them–I cannot trench the water out,it is the lowest area.

    Thanks for any advice.

    October 9, 2015 at 9:01 am
  3. Susan Dobbs

    Thanks for the good suggestion here! One question…what is the best kind of mulch to use for tomatoes?

    October 8, 2015 at 10:23 am

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