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Old January 13, 2012   #1
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Default varieties of tomatoes for 6 hrs or less of sun

I have a spot that I can put 3 or 4 tomato plants on the south side of my house. It gets between 5 and 6 hrs of sun (between 11 am and say 5 pm) everyday during growing season. Are there any kinds tomatos that i can grow in that spot that will do well?
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Old January 13, 2012   #2
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My garden gets about 6-7 hours of sun during the majority of summer and my tomatos do fine.
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Old January 14, 2012   #3
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I agree with Riceloft. I live near Seattle, so it is mostly overcast where I garden. There are a lot of trees around, too, and I probably get less than 5 or 6 hours shining on my hoophouse, and 6-7 hours on my garden. And all the sunlight I do get is hidden in clouds. My tomato plants and other veggies do fine, though, except for some beefsteaks.

Just chose some early maturing varieties (Stupice, Moravsky Div, Kimberly, etc.), and some cherry tomatoes, because all of those are sure to ripen and do fine. Then you can pick any other varieties that you wanted to try, and they probably will ripen but just in case you will have the cherries and earlies for sure.

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Old January 14, 2012   #4
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I would say cherries.
Black sea Man is a det early good size fruit with decent flavor too.
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Old January 14, 2012   #5
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I was growing tomatoes under my balcony on the southern side of my house with the same amount of exposure time as your are talking about and had no problems growing any type of tomato. Ami
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Old January 14, 2012   #6
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My San Marzanos that were planted in the 5 hour sunlight per day spot did better than those in the 6+ hour sunlight per day spot. Go figure, less disease, more tomatoes!
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Old January 14, 2012   #7
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I found that growing in a shadier area can lead to larger plants and later production of fruit.
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Old January 15, 2012   #8
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My neighbour gets only 4 hours of sun and his tomatoes are just fine. I think you can grow all kind of tomatoes if you have sun from 11 am and 5 pm.
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