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2019 tomato list

Discussion in 'Fruits & Vegetables' started by Collector, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. Mar 14, 2019
    thejenx

    thejenx Deeply Rooted

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    I love tomatoes, but 30 varieties takes a lot of time. I'm moving in April and the new place needs renovating, so less time for gardening. I save my own seeds so we can trade when I have more time. Now it's getting hectic, were getting the keys in 2 weeks!
     
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    Michigan_Nick

    Michigan_Nick Garden Ornament

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    That's very exciting (not the less gardening part though :\)! I wish you the best of luck on the move. I'll be moving here soon also so I understand where you're coming from. My seedling will be started in my new "home" and continued container gardening for me for the upcoming season.
     
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    Zeedman

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    Nicoviotis Orange (mid-sized orange "beefsteak" slicer)
    Black Pepper (large, elongated "black" paste *)
    Gogosha (large pink slicer, potato-leaf)
    Czechoslovakian (large red plum-type paste)
    Elfin (OP red grape)
    San Marzano Redorta (large, elongated red paste)
    Gilbert Italian Plum (very large red paste)

    Possibly a couple others, if I can find space elsewhere (friends or family):
    Cherry Roma (red cherry)
    Snickers ("black" sauce/paste *)
    Quebec 1121 (early red paste)

    * The "black" tomatoes really ripen on the shelf to somewhere between brick red & chocolate brown. Both are Russian heirlooms. Snickers is a little too juicy for paste, but dissolves quickly into a rich sauce when cooked. One of the most prolific tomatoes I've grown... and what you would expect an heirloom to look like. ;)
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    Elfin is DW's favorite snacking tomato, and the only tomato I grow every year. More compact plants than most cherry types, and really loaded... I think the plants use hundreds of green tomatoes in lieu of foliage. Tiny seeds, and very meaty - they don't explode when you bite them.

    I'm trying to grow fewer varieties than the 12-13 tomatoes I've usually grown, to give them greater separation & concentrate on keeping them pure. There will be more plants of each paste type to make up for that. A couple promiscuous varieties (such as Federle) consistently showed too much crossing, and had to be dropped. I restored one crossed variety (Roughwood Golden Plum) because sources were few; but it took several years, and I don't have time or space to make a habit of doing that.
     

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