Lily51, I completely agree about the productivity. I've grown mostly hybrids in 20+ years of gardening. I wanted to try heirlooms this year because, well, I wanted to experiment. Right now, my Delicious variety heirloom tomatoes are averaging 9 tomatoes per plant. (That's right. I've been driven to counting my tomatoes before they are red.)
In the past, Early Girls, Lemon Boys, even Celebrities and Heatwaves have given me five, six, seven, even more, dozen per plant. I'm hoping for a dozen tomatoes per plant this year.
However, I blame myself. I didn't research my variety before choosing seeds. I chose my variety based upon tomato appearance, not productivity.
There is a thread in the Tomato forum with photos and critiques of varieties grown by forum members. Great stuff! I have studied the varieties, and I have asked questions. Next year, I'm going with Spudakee. (I think that's its name.) I am seriously looking forward to next year!
Yep, I plan to continue growing heirlooms. Even though the production is pitiful on the kind I now have, I want to keep trying. The hybrids became too easy for me. I want a challenge, and I clearly have that this year
I also want to grow something out of the ordinary, and I've got that, too.
I'll just try with a different kind