Winter Sowing forum: I Wintersowed my tomatoes today

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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 12, 2011 4:52 PM CST
Only a couple of cups of each
Black Cherry
Stupice
Brandywine
Delicious

And, by request, couple of Snow White for friends.

Mmmmmm.... I can almost taste that first home grown tomato of the year.

Karen
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Mar 12, 2011 4:56 PM CST
Thanks for the reminder, I will get mine done this coming week!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 12, 2011 5:03 PM CST
Got mine sown last week. I will make a list of what I am growing this year. Think it's only 6 varieties this time.
Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
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tcs1366
Mar 13, 2011 8:29 PM CST
Mmmmmmmmm -- i'd better get mine done too then.

as long as the weather has been nice, i' ve been out in the flower beds cleaning... tomorrow will be digging bulbs and plants.
hopefully i'll set aside some time to do seeds too.

and I hear ya Karen... i can just taste'em.
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

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Steven
Mar 15, 2011 1:03 PM CST
I got my Tomatos done today!

I sowed one each of:

Misc. Red Cherry
'Kotlas'
'OSU Blue'
'Yellow Pear' (small yellow cherry type)
'Snow White'


This is my first time WS'ing Tomatos so heres hoping my plants turn out like Karens!
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 15, 2011 2:37 PM CST
Steven, how you tried Snow White before? I like it.

Karen
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 15, 2011 2:39 PM CST
Mine (Snow White) never ripened because of our weird weather last year. I didn't have any seed for them this year so didn't try them again. Sad
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Steven
Mar 15, 2011 3:22 PM CST
Karen, this will be my first year with Snow White. I have heard its very good and productive! Smiling
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 15, 2011 3:33 PM CST
Lynn, that's a bummer.

Steven, I think they're good. And, yes, very productive.

Karen
Name: Donna
Winnipeg, Manitoba Zone 4
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Perennialgirl
Mar 16, 2011 11:10 AM CST
I guess I better figure out when I can start wintersowing in my area. Everyone is just way ahead of me.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 16, 2011 12:25 PM CST
Donna, wintersowing begins on winter solstice, Dec. 21, for all areas. It doesn't matter where you live.

I'm never that organized and efficient. I start with perennials and hardy annuals around January. I don't sow tomatoes until around March. It's officially spring before I sow tender annuals. I haven't done those yet, but I intend to do a few very soon, probably in the next couple of weeks.

http://wintersown.org/wseo1/When_Can_I_Start.html

Karen
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Steven
Mar 16, 2011 2:06 PM CST
I also wait till March/April before sowing any tender annuals.
Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
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tcs1366
Mar 16, 2011 5:46 PM CST
I did 2 varieties today... Mountain Princess and Bush Beefsteak, 4 seeds each. I still want to do some Romas - my luck they will all germinate... I have room for 4 plants on the side of my house... 3 really, but i cram in 4.

Thankfully - my neighbor, who's dog pees on all my plants - they are moving... So i wont have to worry about the Maters... plus i can probably add more "out back" . Maybe one year, i can even do more of a 'garden' not just tomato plants willy nilly in my flower beds.
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
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TwinLakesChef
Mar 16, 2011 5:52 PM CST
I've grown Snow White for 4 years and we like it very much.
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Mar 23, 2011 8:39 AM CST
I am not doing tomatoes as a WS because they are too slow for me that way.
Under lights in a few weeks:

Seeds from Seedy Saturday:

Sophie's Choice
Jaune Flamme
Silvery Fir Tree
Variegated
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 23, 2011 2:16 PM CST
My toms seem to produce fruit around the same time whether WSown or started under lights. Didn't make any difference for me. But the WSown seem to form much better roots. They just seem much healthier to me.

They're tiny when planted out. Here's May, 2010
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Here are the same plants in August
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Karen
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Mar 23, 2011 8:48 PM CST
Blinking WOW! Thumbs up
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
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TwinLakesChef
Mar 24, 2011 10:37 AM CST
Nice and healthy looking. My goal for 2011 is THAT picture!
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 24, 2011 5:56 PM CST
Awesome photos Karen.

My WS tomatoes did the same way. Just got very few ripe tomatoes because of the La Nina weather pattern last summer. Never got warm enough for long enough to ripen them.
Hopefully this year will be better.
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Mar 24, 2011 9:38 PM CST
Caroline--have you grown Silvery Fir Tree before? I"m trying it for the first time this year. Mine are under lights, but they germinated in only 3 days! I'd love to try WS my tomatoes, but I'm too chicken *Blush*

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