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Hello from Southern IL

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you? New Member Introduction' started by Crealcritter, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Jan 14, 2019
    thistlebloom

    thistlebloom Garden Master

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    I suspect there's a lot of good stuff we can learn from you. :)
     
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    Crealcritter

    Crealcritter Attractive To Bees

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    I'm a self taught "old school" gardener, my gardens are held together with baling twine stakes and tee-posts - so probably not much.
     
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    thistlebloom

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    You're very humble, but I just read on another thread that you have been crossing tomatoes and coming up with your own varieties. I admire that.
     
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    Crealcritter

    Crealcritter Attractive To Bees

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    Thanks but it's not that hard, just have to keep accurate records in a notebook and make sure you label your tomatoes well both when you start the seeds and when you set them out. Peppers are more difficult for me... They are finicky plants and sometimes you get some mighty strange looking results more so than with tomatoes. Other than that it's a matter of patience to see what last seasons crosses produce the next season.

    Right now I have a problem that I'm going to try and cross out. My Red Bell peppers are to big for the stems and the break off at the main stem. But the peppers are large, thickwalled and sweet it's just the stems are not strong enough, I'm going to try and dwarf them a little because last year the grew over 6' tall. Depending on the results of this seasons crosses I may just leave them and plan on supporting them from here on out.

    Here's some funky crossed results

    Results from beefer / Amish Paste cross
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    Double chyenne I call this cross legs
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    Then you get lucky and crosses go well like with this larger yellow chyenne. I never seen this before until I crossed it.
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    And this is my slicer cross that I've settled in on. They can get pretty large at 4+ lbs.
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    canesisters

    canesisters Garden Master

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    WOW! :ep

    Oh, and :welcome
     
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    baymule

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    This is the place to get it from. :thumbsup
     
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    baymule

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    That's a whalloping tomato!
     
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    Dirtmechanic

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    Moby Tomato? Amazing! Welcome! How does one "Dwarf" a plant? My thoughts have not gotten past using phytohormones to increase size.
     
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    digitS'

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    Curious about that dwarfing also - I have grown an heirloom dwarf tomato but it must have taken someone skilled in plant breeding to develop that variety.

    I am admiring your successful efforts, Crealcritter. Thank you for sharing them!

    And, welcome to TEG! Are you anywhere near Shawneetown? My grandfather was born in western Arkansas but, at least, some of the preceding generation was from that southern Illinois town.

    Steve
     
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    Crealcritter

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    Maybe dwarfing is not the right word, I'm self taught so my terms make sense to me but are probably not correct.

    My problem is I've crossed red bell peppers to produce the peppers I'm after. But the peppers grow to big for the plant to support the weight of the peppers and the stems break off causing the peppers to rest on the ground. The plant it'self produces new stems which in turn produce new peppers on them and then the cycle repeats. These crossed pepper plants grew a good 6' tall, so my thought was to cross in a sturdy shorter variety to attempt to "dwarf" the resulting crossed plant. I have a couple of ideas on how I want to try and do this. But I won't know if I was successful or not until next year because it won't show up until I sow the seeds from this year's crossing attempts.

    These are some pictures from last year. I'm happy with the peppers themselves it's just it needs a stronger branching structure.
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    I can spare some seeds, if a few of you would like some drop me a conversation and I could drop a few in an evelope and send to you USPS (United States only though - please). First 3 conversations received win this offer :)

    Just be aware the plants will need to be supported, preferable with a tall tomato cage because, I'm not quite done with crossing them just yet.

    Or if you would like to cross your own I could post how I did that also. I have it documented in my notebook.
     
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