Vegetables and Fruit forum: Has anyone tried "Bush Goliath" tomato?

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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Apr 16, 2016 11:06 AM CST
Yesterday I saw them at Walmart and Lowe's and was curious as to the taste compared to others like Big Boy, Better Boy, Beefmaster, etc.

They were priced at $14.98.

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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Apr 18, 2016 6:59 AM CST
Arlene, I don't think I've ever grown the "bush" type, but for quite a few years I grew "Original Goliath" as my main slicing tomato -- it always did well for me and we loved the flavor; that's a very subjective thing, of course... but I always favor "old-fashioned-tasting" tomatoes, not the ones that are advertised as being "mild" or "sweet," if that helps at all.
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Apr 18, 2016 9:22 AM CST
Thanks for the input, Sandy. I may give it a try only to avoid future temptation, since I also rely on my old favorites.
Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
Apr 18, 2016 4:48 PM CST
Not tried this one, but the bush beefsteak seems to be a very hardy plant and very popular at our plant sale. I do have to say, though, that is one pricey tomato plant!!!!
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Apr 18, 2016 5:24 PM CST
I tried Bush Beefsteak last year and really liked it. I don't remember ever growing Bush Goliath.
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Apr 18, 2016 6:04 PM CST
mom2goldens said:... I do have to say, though, that is one pricey tomato plant!!!!


I was thinking the same thing... Blinking

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pirl
Apr 18, 2016 6:16 PM CST
At $4.98 I'd have just bought it but at $14.98 I figured it was worth investigating!
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Apr 18, 2016 6:24 PM CST
I don't seem to remember liking Goliath quite that much... I liked it for the price of a pack of seeds. Whistling
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mom2goldens
Apr 18, 2016 7:26 PM CST
I just kept thinking for $15.00 how many tomatoes I could grow from seed. Maybe 150 or more????

It would have to be a really special tomato for that price, although if you don't have the ability to grow from seed, it may be OK. I wouldn't want to discourage someone from buying a really healthy plant if that was all they could do..
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Apr 18, 2016 7:30 PM CST
The plants are huge, with stocky stems, and already have flowers so it was tempting and I still may do it.
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mom2goldens
Apr 18, 2016 7:51 PM CST
Pirl--if that tomato plant speaks to you--than go for it. We all have our favorites, or things that appeal to us. Not everyone wants to/can grow from seed and just want to purchase a lovely plant that will produce well for them.

If you decide to buy it, please let us know how it does, as we don't have a lot of information on that particular variety. Can't wait to hear how it does for you.
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Apr 19, 2016 6:56 AM CST
I bought seeds but can't find where I put them! Maddening.
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Apr 19, 2016 8:04 AM CST
pirl said:I bought seeds but can't find where I put them! Maddening.


I've heard of things like that happening... Whistling
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Newyorkrita
Apr 19, 2016 9:22 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

I would lose all my seeds if I did not have a dedicated "Seed Box" that I don't really put anyplace obscure.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Apr 19, 2016 1:24 PM CST
I'll probably find them in November.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Apr 19, 2016 1:53 PM CST
pirl said:I'll probably find them in November.


Rolling my eyes. Hilarious!
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mom2goldens
Apr 19, 2016 3:34 PM CST
pirl said:I'll probably find them in November.


Then you can get an early start for next year Smiling
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Apr 19, 2016 3:35 PM CST
mom2goldens said:

Then you can get an early start for next year Smiling


Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Apr 19, 2016 5:49 PM CST
Here's my new purchase!

I opted to buy Better Boy since we like the larger tomatoes (and the price was lower than Bush Goliath).




Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Apr 19, 2016 6:36 PM CST
I think you will love the Better Boy. I grow them every year. Well, not this year as I am not buying any tomato plants. But I really love both Big Boy and Better Boy.

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