Annual Edibles forum: Tomato sowing
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|Time to start the tomatoes. In our area it seems like May 1st is about as early as you can count on being free from frost, but if you're willing to give protection from the rare late frost, you can plant out in the beginning of April. Each year I ramp up my tomato plant production a bit more, learning how to more efficiently process so many plants even while I figure out when and what people want.
I did send some plants to an Idaho farmers' market around the 1st of June last year, so that helped stretch out the tomato plant selling season a bit as well.
I start the dwarf tomatoes first, so I've already got a batch of Tiny Tims going (pictured below). Most of the others are going down now, including
Aunt Gertie’s Gold
I try to get a good mix of different colors and sizes, with emphasis on good flavor and good production in our area. I had a lot of requests for really large tomato varieties last year, so I've weighted it a bit further that way than previously. Sungold is the only hybrid I grow, and I'd swap it out in a moment if I could find a good OP replacement, just so that I could simplify what I tell my customers.
These are on my list to grow, can you tell me how you liked these?
This is what I planted this year:
1884 Purple - 75 - 80 days, a.k.a. Purple Doughnut, Ind., RL, average yields of purple/pink beefsteaks, 12 - 24 oz.
Ace 55 – 75 Days, Ind., 12-14 oz., Red, OP, Low Acid, Globe-shaped
Amish Potato Leaf – 80-85 Days, Ind., PL, 14-18 oz., Pink, Beefsteak
Anahu – Det., 2-3 in., Round, Red, RL, OP
Atkinson – 70 Days, Ind., 8oz.- 1 lb., Globe-shaped, Red, OP
Black Cherry – 64 days, Ind., RL, OP, 1” round, deep purple
Black Krim – 80 days, dark red/purple, sweet, juicy
Blackfoot - 80 days,Ind., RL, 14 - 24 oz., red heart
Blue Ridge Mountain – 80 days, Ind., Pink, PL, 1 lb., Beefsteak, heirloom
Brandywine, Cowlick's - Mid-season, Ind, beafsteak, PL, pink
Brandywine, OTV – 72 days, Ind., pink, PL, 1 lb., Heirloom
Brandywine, Sudduth’s Strain – 85 Days, Ind., 1-2 lb., Pink. PL Heirloom
Brandywine, Red – Landis Valley Strain – 78 Days, Ind., 8-12oz., Red, RL , PA Heirloom
Campari F3 – 69-80 days, Ind., Larger than a cherry smaller than a plum, sweet, RL
Cherokee Purple – 80 days, Ind., 12oz. – 1 lb. purple/black, beefsteak, heirloom
Diener – 80 Days, Ind., Red, Heart-shaped
Dora - 75 - 85 days, Ind., RL, pink, 8 - 12 oz., beefsteak
Italian Tree – 85 days, Ind., red, PL, 1-2 lb., OP
Jetsetter - Hybrid - 64 Days, Ind., Red, 8 oz., Round, Nichols Garden Nursery, 2010
Kewalo - 75 Days, Det., 6-8 oz., Red, Medium, RL, OP
Komohana – Det., Prolific producing grape type tomato weighing approximately ½ oz.
Lincoln-Adams – 70-80 Days, Ind., PL, Large Beefsteak
Maui – Saved seeds from a tomato bought at a farmers market in Maui 10/09/09
Mexico – 80 Days, Ind., 1 lb., Dark Pink, Heirloom from Mexico - Very large, I love this one.
N5 Hybrid - Ind., From University of Hawaii
OSU Blue – Dark purple, 2”, A tomato high in anthocyanins developed by OSU.
Potato Top (Limbaugh’s) – 78 Days, Ind., Pink, 1-2 lbs., Beefsteak, PL, Heirloom
Purple Dog Creek – 85 Days, Ind., 16-24 oz., RL, Pink, Beefsteak
Red Cloud – 83 Days, Det., Red, 2.5” x 2”, 6-8 oz., Fruits in clusters, good canner, vigorous vines
Riesentraube – 78 days, German, resists cracking, cherry type
Rosy Morn – 65-70 Days, Ind., Pink
San Marzano – 75 days, red, paste type
Spudatula Black - 75 days, Ind., PL, 6 - 12 oz., cross with Black from Tula and unknown potato leaf variety
Supersweet 100 - Hybrid – 55-68 days, Ind., Red, Cherry, RL
Tidwell German - 79 Days, Ind., RL, Pink, Beefsteak, Heirloom - Very large, love this one.
Todd County Amish – 75-80 Days, Ind., RL, 1-1½ lbs., Pink, Beefsteak
Patti1957 wrote:These are on my list to grow, can you tell me how you liked these?
I posted another thread discussing the results of some of these varieties here:
All of them were chosen for being able to produce well, with good flavor, in local conditions. I've grown most of them before.
I'm a big fan of Kellogg's Breakfast, with its meaty, flavorful flesh. Marianna's Peace always produces beautiful, high quality tomatoes in any conditions for me. Gardener's Peach is one of my children's favorites, and the flavor has grown on me. It is very productive and tolerant as well. Traveler and Sioux both produce smaller tomatoes, and lots of them. They're consistent through the high temperatures of summer, but the plants don't get as big as the others and they seem to run down sooner. I prefer Sioux over Traveler for production and flavor, so I will be dropping Traveler from my line up next year. White Queen hasn't had a fair trial for production in my garden, but the flavor has been quite good. Green Giant, likewise. I'm a big fan of greens, but I'm still undecided on whether I like this variety better than Aunt Ruby's German Green.
Quoting:Black Cherry – 64 days, Ind., RL, OP, 1” round, deep purple
Always vigorous and tasty to me, but some people don't like them and they are hard to tell when ripe without feeling them.
Quoting:Brandywine, Cowlick's - Mid-season, Ind, beafsteak, PL, pink
Haven't tried the Cowlick's or Landis strains. How were they? Sudduth's which is often praised, has performed miserably here, often not producing a single tomato all year for me. Three years of trying and I gave up.
OTV is definitely red for me, and has produced some tomatoes, though I didn't get it in until too late this year, so it hasn't had a fair trial yet. How did it do for you?
Quoting:Cherokee Purple – 80 days, Ind., 12oz. – 1 lb. purple/black, beefsteak, heirloom
I like this one and grow it most years.
Quoting:Mexico – 80 Days, Ind., 1 lb., Dark Pink, Heirloom from Mexico - Very large, I love this one.
I have seeds and it's on my list to trial. Maybe next year.
Quoting:OSU Blue – Dark purple, 2”, A tomato high in anthocyanins developed by OSU.
The version of this I grew had terrible flavor and texture last year. Watery, mealy, and tasted like dirt. It did have beautiful purple coloration whereever it was exposed to the sunlight, but the orangey skin under that was an odd contrast. I'm looking for a better tasting strain of it to play with.
Quoting:Tidwell German - 79 Days, Ind., RL, Pink, Beefsteak, Heirloom - Very large, love this one.
I keep meaning to grow this one again. It did pretty well for me the first year I tried it, though I confess to having trouble telling some of the big german pinks apart.
|The Brandywine OTV is red for me also, well, orange/red, I need to change that in my notes. I like the taste of this one and will grow it again. It was later to ripen than some of the others.
This was my first year growing Cowlick's, it is similar to the Sudduth's in most ways (color, shape, size) except that it tastes better(sweeter) is earlier and produced more. This year the Sudduth's did not produce well for me and I like the taste of the Cowlick's over it but last year it was very productive and the taste was amazing.
The Landis strain is okay but with so many others to grow I won't be growing this again. I was expecting it to taste better.
We love the Black Cherry's! I was not that crazy about the Super Sweet 100's, my kids like them but I think there has got to be something better.
The OSU Blue that I grew were surprising not horrible. I had heard that they were awful tasting. They had a strange almost fruity sweetness to them.
Cherokee Purple did well for me and tastes great. I had thought that Black Krim was my favorite black but I think that Cherokee Purple tasted better this year.
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