Mine are this year and I think it has to do with cold temps, even setting in the bay window there just isn’t enough sun this… “spring”. I got by not using lights the past three years and thought I had it figured out but the purple underside seemed to almost happen over night. I don’t think it’s a huge deal, I also hit them with some 1/2 strength liquid fert.
It’s 28 degrees and little ice pellets are blowing sideways here, and the deck is covered now… mind you I’m not complaining - they had forecast 3-5" then upped it to 5-8", then back down to 3" and now less than an inch I believe.
Anyway I had 20 toms last year and that was just way too much for us and our adult kids, so I’m cutting it back some this year.
Last year we grew San Marzano, Brandywine Sudduth, Neves Azorean Red, Rose De Berne, Wisc "55"Gold, Beefsteak, Big Beef, Big Boy, Sun Gold, Sun Sugar, and Sugery. (Multiples of SM, BW-S, and NAR)
We always grow San Marzano so this year we’ll have that, along with keeping Brandwine Sudduth, NAR and Big Beef. I may go back to SS 100’s instead of the Sun Sugar, the bride seems to like red cherry toms better in salads (I may still sneak a gold one in there too though). Also figure to put in an Early Girl just to have something earlier. And of course if I can nurse along the couple of Romeo’s that germinated (that I got from you Drew) I WANT one of those to make it pretty badly!
But heck, if we don’t get some decent weather we may be buying everything…