Pollock Tomatoes: The Frost resistant tomato
Pollock Tomatoes are a unique and highly sought-after variety of tomatoes that has gained immense popularity among gardening enthusiasts and tomato connoisseurs. Known for their intense flavour, beautiful colouring, and robust growth, these tomatoes are a must-have for anyone looking to expand their home garden.
A frost-resistant tomatoe?
There is a very short list of tomatoes that are cold-resistant. The Pollock tops that list as I have exposed Pollocks to -2 degree touches of frost, and although the plants were damaged, they did recuperate and produced ripe fruit at the end of the season. I still recommend covering them for frosts; however, I was testing them.
This cold tolerance is what gives Pollocks an advantage over other Tomato varieties.
|Days to Grow||75-85 days after transplanting|
|Square Foot Garden Spacing||1 plant per square foot|
|When to Plant||6-8 weeks before last frost date|
|Yield||High (multiple fruits per plant)|
|Frost Tolerance||Light frost-tolerant|
|Hours of Light Needed||6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day|
|Soil Conditions||Well-draining, slightly acidic (pH 6.0-6.8)|
|Days to Maturity||75-85 days from transplant|
History and Origin of Pollock Tomatoes
The Pollock Tomato has a rich history, tracing its origins back to the early 20th century. It was first cultivated by a renowned horticulturist named Andy Pollock in Houston, BC, who sought to develop a tomato variety that could withstand harsh weather conditions while still producing delicious fruit. Through careful crossbreeding and selection, Pollock managed to create a genuinely exceptional tomato that remains a favourite among growers today who know about it.
Characteristics of Pollock Tomatoes
Pollock Tomatoes are striking in appearance, with their vibrant red colour and slightly ribbed texture. The fruit typically grows to be around 4-5 inches in diameter, making it a perfect size for slicing and serving in salads, sandwiches, or even as a standalone snack.
Flavour and Texture
The flavour of a Pollock Tomato boasts a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity, creating a rich, complex taste that will delight the palate. The texture is also noteworthy, with a firm yet juicy consistency that holds up well in various dishes.
Plant Growth and Habit
The Pollock Tomato plant is known for its vigorous growth and high yields. It is an indeterminate variety, meaning it will continue to grow and produce fruit throughout the growing season. The plants can reach heights of up to 6 feet or more and require sturdy support, such as a trellis or tomato cage.
How to Grow Pollock Tomatoes
Soil and Site Selection
To grow Pollock Tomatoes successfully, choosing a site with well-draining soil and ample sunlight is crucial. These tomatoes prefer a slightly acidic soil pH between 6.0 and 6.8. It is also beneficial to incorporate organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, into the soil before planting.
Planting and Spacing
Start Pollock Tomato seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost date in your area—transplant seedlings outdoors when nighttime temperatures consistently remain above 40°F (5°C). Space the plants approximately 24-36 inches apart in rows at least 36 inches apart.
Watering and Fertilization
Pollock Tomatoes require consistent watering to prevent blossom-end rot and promote even fruit development. Aim to provide 1-2 inches of water per week through rainfall or supplemental irrigation. Fertilize the plants with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer at planting time and again when the first fruits begin to form.
Pruning and Support
Prune Pollock Tomato plants regularly to remove any suckers and promote air circulation. This will help to prevent disease and encourage more productive fruiting. As mentioned earlier, these plants require sturdy support, so install a trellis or tomato cage at planting time.
Harvesting and Storing Pollock Tomatoes
Pollock Tomatoes are typically ready for harvest 75-85 days after transplanting. The fruit should be fully coloured and slightly firm to the touch. To harvest, twist the fruit gently from the vine, taking care not to damage the plant or surrounding foliage.
To store your freshly harvested Pollock Tomatoes:
- Keep them at room temperature, away from direct sunlight.
- Avoid refrigerating the tomatoes, as this can negatively impact their flavour and texture.
- For long-term storage, consider canning or freezing the tomatoes to preserve their taste and nutritional value.
Pests and Diseases Affecting Pollock Tomatoes
Like all tomato plants, Pollock Tomatoes can be affected by various pests. Some common pests to watch out for include aphids, tomato hornworms, and whiteflies. Employ organic pest control methods, such as introducing beneficial insects or using insecticidal soaps, to keep these pests at bay.
Pollock Tomatoes are susceptible to several diseases, including early blight, late blight, and fusarium wilt. To prevent disease, practice good garden hygiene, such as rotating crops, removing diseased plant material, and providing adequate spacing for air circulation. In addition, choose disease-resistant varieties and apply organic fungicides as needed.
Seeds and planting
Links and Resources
(These are some of what I use)
mybackyard.ca Seeds Page
Get a Head Start on Spring: The Benefits of Starting Your Seeds Indoors
Saving Vegetable Seeds: A Comprehensive Guide to Gardening Success
myBackyard.ca Planting Guide
Pollock Tomatoes (North hardy Tomato variety)
Tomatoes (Useful information on starting tomatoes from seed)
Individual seed and plant information is available in the "Gardening Shortcut Links" above under "North Hardy Plants to grow". I have successfully grown all of these, and most I grow year to year.