Tomatoes for 2023

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My favorite is still Cherokee Purple. But the vines grow super tall, they grew over the top of my cow panel trellis, fell over, hit the ground and started back up. I may have to plant something that is a short stocky plant with a good yield. Anybody got any suggestions?
 

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My favorite is still Cherokee Purple. But the vines grow super tall, they grew over the top of my cow panel trellis, fell over, hit the ground and started back up. I may have to plant something that is a short stocky evplant with a good yield. Anybody got any suggestions?
What color? Orange ones I had, had good flavor and decent production. Surprised how early they were as I remember oxhearts being a late tomato.
 

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Here's my example of being a little disappointed in 2022.

Gary O Sena tomato plants have been in my garden for 10 years or so. A couple of seasons ago, they had obviously crossed with something and I didn't have the pre-cross seed from an earlier year. I ordered a new supply from Restoration Seed. Restored, I once again had this big, mild slicer keeping DW happy ;).

Plants from the new seed, just like the originals, were healthy and doing just fine. Even through all-time record heat in late June 2021. Maybe the heat came too late in 2022 -- hottest August in history. The Gary O Cena had huge tomatoes; unfortunately, they all had those concentric breaks.

A problem with the entire process was travel time and irrigation time needed in the distant garden this year. I was trying to get by with my usual 2x/week watering schedule out there. It wasn't working and I was about 2 weeks late in realizing that. Nevertheless, I had more than enough of a tomato harvest. Yes, the potted tomatoes here in the backyard required daily watering. Their roots pass through the holes in the bottom of the pots but it isn't enough.

"2023" @heirloomgal ?? One thing about the gardening experience, we all are anticipating, anticipating ... :)

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How did they taste? Would like a paste type that has some flavor. IMO, Roma’s lack any flavor. San Marranos still lack some flavor compared to Better Boys.
Had Lincoln’s-yuck!
Amish paste-yuck!
Nearly all varieties of roma types I've tried have been dry, and little to no taste fresh. Jersey Devils fit that profile, IMO. I've found a few exceptions, but most of them are not nearly as productive as the standard roma types. Prue (grown this year) was a good one, but production was not fantastic probably because they are bigger like the J Devils. The only one I can think of I've tried that was a canner type, and had both huge production & good taste, were Santa Clara Canners. Egg shaped tomatoes, lots of juice.
 

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BTW @heirloomgal ,

how did Jaune Flamme do for you?

Aren't those pretty things :)? I don't grow paste tomatoes as a usual thing but might those serve a dual purpose as both a paste and for fresh eating?
Soooo good. Hadn't grown it since 2016/17 and grew them mostly to not lose the seeds to age. Not only did they germinate at near 100%, they were delicious, and gorgeous, and mega producers. I forgot how good those were, having grown so many others since then.

The only thing is, are 'cocktail' sized tomatoes really a practical selection? You can't slice for a sandwich, you can't just throw them in the salad, too big to eat in one bite. Thank goodness we eat so much brushcetta here in tomato season, otherwise, whaddya do with them? Kinda goopy for processing.
 

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Soooo good. Hadn't grown it since 2016/17 and grew them mostly to not lose the seeds to age. Not only did they germinate at near 100%, they were delicious, and gorgeous, and mega producers. I forgot how good those were, having grown so many others since then.

The only thing is, are 'cocktail' sized tomatoes really a practical selection? You can't slice for a sandwich, you can't just throw them in the salad, too big to eat in one bite. Thank goodness we eat so much brushcetta here in tomato season, otherwise, whaddya do with them? Kinda goopy for processing.

quarter them and eat them?
 

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As with most years, I'm torn. On one hand, I DID say that next year I'd plant the Wooly Zebra seeds I got, and I WOULD be nice to keep the selection of Darkest Night going.

On the other hand, since I already know that, here, if it isn't a cherry tomato I'll get one small fruit off the plant, tops, there's a pretty good incentive there to plant ONLY cherry tomatoes so as to maximize my final crop.

And splitting the difference will just wind up with not having enough of either to get a decent crop.

Not that it matters necessarily, if I have learned one thing, it's that any tomato I plant with clear intent and purpose never does anything. It's only the ones that show up by ACCIDENT or UNINTENTIONALLY that wind up doing anything. By that logic, I might as well take all of my tomato seeds, mix them all up, toss them randomly into pots, and hope for luck to be on my side.
 

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