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Sat May 13, 2017, 10:20 PM

Tomato List 2017

Jet Star
Black Krim
Cherokee Purple
Better Boy
Sun Gold
Brandwine
Lemon Boy

Serrano peppers
CA Wonders Bell Pepper
Red Chili cayenne

herbs
Paresely
It. Basel
Cinnamon basil

leaf stuff
Swiss Cahard

I have room for 1 or 2 more Toamtoes
AK Traveler, old German, Hillbilly, or Mr. Stipey ?????




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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sat May 13, 2017, 10:21 PM

1. I have 2 tomato plants this year. I have no idea what I'm doing , but so far so good :)

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sat May 13, 2017, 10:24 PM

2. we intersect on 2...

Cherokee Purple and Brandywine.

I think I will have 84 tomatoes when I am done planting (low number for me!).

Lots of Dwarf project R&D work going on - working on variegated foliaged compact dwarf growing plants - also yellow foliage, chartreuse foliage, and working the high antho gene into something that actually tastes good.

I need to get you some Lucky Cross - it is the only big yellow/red tomato I enjoy eating (the others are gorgeous, but too mild/sweet for me!).

Then there are the peppers..and eggplants....

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #2)

Wed May 24, 2017, 03:33 PM

8. Have you tried Lizzano dwarf? So far, looking terrific: 24" x 24", loaded w tasty cherries. No

splitting. Vigorous in 7 gallon pot, quick and early. I think I'll root some cuttings and get more plants going or give them away!

Speaking of that, I've been rooting cuttings quite a bit and making more plants...do you notice any diminishment of vigor or form in the plant grown from cuttings as opposed to seed? Thanks in advance for input....

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Response to wiggs (Reply #8)

Wed May 24, 2017, 03:39 PM

9. no - none at all - exact clones. big thing is to ensure you root a healthy cutting.

Not tried Lizzano dwarf - I have my hands full with dwarfs since I am co-leading a breeding project - we have 70 new ones in seed catalogs, more on the way

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sat May 13, 2017, 10:41 PM

3. Depends on where you live

I always grew Early Girl, Sun Gold, and at least one variety of big, juicy, eat out of your hand hot from the sun variety back in New England. I also grew at least one variety of cherry tomato plus plum tomatoes for canning.

Tomatoes always did well back there. Cucumbers, not so much.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sun May 14, 2017, 08:54 AM

4. I just went to two May Markets and bought a variety of heirlooms.

I never had luck with Black Krim, so I skipped it this year.

I've had good luck with both AK Traveler and Hillbilly. Not so much with Mr. Stripey, though.

I can't remember what all I bought, but here are a few:

Juliet
Ponderosa
Mountain Merit
Carolina Gold (one of my faves!)
Brandywine
San Marzano
Polish Heirloom
I still need to find some Cherokee Purples.

My husband went bonkers with the hot peppers this year, so I have maybe 18 of those. I still need red bell peppers. I have a LOT of herbs because many are perennial.

This is THE WEEK to plant! Happy gardening!

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Response to femmocrat (Reply #4)

Mon May 15, 2017, 05:04 PM

6. i have had inconsistent results with Black Krim.

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I either get a vigorous plant with lots of 3-4 oz fruits or a non vigorous plant with beefsteak style fruits.

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Response to NutmegYankee (Reply #6)

Tue Jul 18, 2017, 07:58 AM

10. A friend gives me Black Krim seedlings.

Never had any luck with them. Not sure if it is because she is lousy at seed starting or the variety is not good in the South.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sun May 14, 2017, 09:39 AM

5. I plan on 33 tomatoes this year.

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Stump of the World
Pink Brandywine
German Pink
Brandy Boy (hybrid - Burpee)
Mortgage Lifter
True Black Brandywine
Black Cherry
Black Krim
Glacier
Riesentraube

I've had most out since the first-second week of April as I use Wall O' Waters to get the season going faster. If they grow out of the season extenders, like this year, I cover them with row covers to protect them from frost. Sadly, I had to do that this last week.






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Response to Botany (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 09:58 PM

7. Trying lots of new varieties this year, many already 4-5' tall and loaded with green ones

Lizzano (charming dwarf already producing lots of super tasty cherries)

Cherokee Chocolate

Greengold

Michael Pollan (read his excellent recent book so giving him props)

Summer of Love (supposed to be an improved Berkeley Tie Dye)

Black Seaman* (super tasty and beautiful. first tomato of size had BER but next ones seem to be holding up)

Black Cherry* (hard to beat)

Black Ethiopian (really looking forward to these)

Fourth of July (needed a hardy, reliable red for a shared garden. So far so good)

Rutgers 250 (new and improved...plant seems a bit weak/slow where I have it)

Sweet Tangerine

Clementine (loaded with fruit in pretty clusters)

Brown and Black Boar* (loved this last year)

Sunchocula*

Isis Candy (have it next to public walk where kids can pick some as they walk past)

Ones with asterisk I've done before. Went to Tomatomania and was seduced by enthusiastic testimonials. Stoked, so far...vigorous, healthy plants with lots of flowers and little green tomatoes. No room for many of my standards such as Black Krim, Green Zebra, Sungold

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Tue Jul 18, 2017, 08:01 AM

11. I got Brandywine, Early Girl and a dwarf variety that is a lovely plant that gives

glossy, perfectly red fruit. Too bad they don't taste all that great. Honestly, I might grow it again, just because it looks great in a pot.... My entire veggie garden is in containers, so I only get a few choices for tomatoes if I want anything else.

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Response to wildeyed (Reply #11)

Wed Jul 19, 2017, 10:16 PM

12. I can send you some great tasting dwarf growing varieties....equal to indeterminate types

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