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This years Dr. John Thompson Dorrance Tomatoes

Discussion in 'Fruits & Vegetables' started by Titan Farm, May 1, 2018.

  1. May 1, 2018
    Titan Farm

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    For the past 3 years Ive been growing these tomatoes and each year I am more impressed with them.

    History on the tomato :
    Its said that the Campbell's Co. (later becoming the Campbell Soup Co.) bred this tomato and named the tomato after Dr. John Thompson Dorrance who developed there condensed soups line. The Dr. John Thompson Dorrance tomato or JTD for short has the Greater Baltimore tomato in its linage and along with the Marglobe the JTD is a parent stock to the Rutger tomato.

    Description of tomato:
    Tomatoes are a open-pollinated, commercial type heirloom tomato that is indeterminate in growth and takes around 85 days to maturity.
    The JTD produces a red fruit that is a slightly flattened globe shape, averages around 10 to 12 ounces and can be used fresh or for canning.
    Plants have a large regular tomato leaf, can reach on the average 6 to 8 feet tall and should be planted 36 to 38 inches apart.

    Here is a look at my JTD's

    The tomatoes are around 11 days out of the ground in this picture and getting its first transplant.

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    The tomatoes around 16 days out of the ground in this picture and on there second transplant. They grew out of the 4 inch net pot fast.

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    After transplanting into 5 inch peat pots.

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    And today 19 days out of the ground.
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    The seed starting mix that I use to start my seed in is:

    3 parts Roots Organics - Microgreens
    2 parts General Organics - Ancient Forest Alaska Humus
    1 part Unco Industries - Worm Castings

    The soilless mix transplanted into is:

    Roots Organic - Micro-Greens
    General Organics - Ancient Forest Alaska Humus
    Unco Industries - Worm Castings
    Perlite
    Down To Earth - Alfalfa Meal
    Down To Earth - Azomite
    Roots Organics - Oregonisum XL
    Roots Organics - Essential Earth

    Rooted seedling feedings were:

    2.5ml Bio Thrive
    1ml CaMg
    2.5ml Bio Root
    1ml Bio Weed
    2.5ml Bio Marine
    2.5ml Diamond Black
    The above amendments were added to 1qt of distilled water.

    ETA - Description of tomato.
     
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  2. May 1, 2018
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    Location:
    Eastern Wa. Zone 5/6 ?
    I have not grown the jdt before, but have grown Rutgers in the past and they did quite well as I recall. Can the jdt be grown in zone 5 ?
     
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    There a 85 day tomato so about 10 days longer than a Rutger.
    Zone 6 here and I get a good crop out of them.
     
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    The girls out for a little fresh air and sun.
    These little trees are looking good.

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    Just ordered five 30 gallon Root Pots for these girls. Along with ordering the Root Pots I also ordered the 3 cubic feet of Big Roots soil that we'll be using for our soilless mix for the Root Pots.

    Soilless mix is going to be a mixture of 4 mixes :

    -Roots Organic 707
    -Big Roots
    -Fox Farm Ocean Forest
    -Pro Mix HP
     
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    The Root Pots from Roots Organic (Aurora Innovations) and my Big Rootz soil from Patrick (The Soil King) arrived so I am about to start miking some soil and filling the Root Pots.

    My tomatoes are looking good and they need to get into these Root Pots soon. I checked the pots there growing in now and there just starting to have roots pop out the bottom of them, a good sign that its time to transplant again.

    Here's a picture of the post and when open they measure 24 inches wide x 16½ inches deep.

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    Here is a picture of one of the girls.

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    Showing some roots popping out.

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    Finely a shot of the girls.

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    To give you a idea of the size of these month old girls, there in 5 inch peat pots, there about 10 inches tall (from soil to top of plant) and roughly 12 inches across.

     
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    We decided to get a couple tomatoes in the ground today. Might be a pit early but these girls needed out of there 5 inch pots.

    We put some hydroton at the bottom of each pot to aid in drainage.
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    Soil all mixed up.
    For this mix we used:
    Big Roots soil,
    Roots Organic 707,
    Fox Farms Ocean Forest,
    Pro Mix HP
    Alfalfa Meal,
    Azomite and
    Incest Frass

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    Roots are just reaching the peat pot.
    We're getting the transplanting done right on time with these girls.

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    Girls all potted up.

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    Couple more tomatoes planted up yesterday. These tomatoes are planted in 5 gallon pots and there a bit small but should work ok this season.

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    Just a quick update on how the girls are doing.

    Everything is lookin good, good growth, good color and they seem to be doing quite well. The tomatoes are about 12 inches tall, 22 inches from leaf tip th leaf tip and stems are 3/8th of a inch. We had a heavy rain last night so the soil is plenty wet and not showing any signs of compacting in these pots.

    Please excuse the yard, we've been busy at the farm we got behind on yard work at the house.

    One of the JTD's

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    Here is one of the Marglobes.

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    What a difference a week makes.
    We had a day or two of rain and we did a good feeding and these little girls are looking great.
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    This a picture of one of the JTD tomatoes from almost a week ago compared to today.

    A week ago......................................Today

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