Vegetables and Fruit forum: Tomato Seeding

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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Mar 18, 2012 5:07 PM CST
I finally started my tomatoes (3 weeks later than other years). Had a whole bunch of people ask for a couple of this or that. Made the variety list huge. I'm doing more Bush ones this year.


Brandywine
Oxheart
Big Beef
Bush Champion
Primo Red
Mr. Stripey
German Green
Striped German
Ultrasonic
Carbon - Black

Celebrity
Super Fantastic
Bush Beefsteak
Prairie Pride
Ultra Sweet
Lemon Boy
Cherokee Purple
Cobra

Black Prince
Early Girl
Early Girl Bush
Centenial Rocket
Manitoba
Matina
Stupice

Amish Paste
Bonny Best
Classica
La Roma
Mamma Mia
Polish Linguisa
Roma V.F.

Tumbler
Tumbling Tom
Green Zebra

Sungold
Sunsugar
Sweet 100
Sweet Baby Girl
Chocolate Cherry
Green Zebra
Red Robin
Tiny Tim
Yellow Pear
Christmas Grape
Juliet
Sweet Mojo

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Patti1957
Mar 19, 2012 12:50 AM CST
Nice list Joanne! Here is what I am growing this year.

506 Bush Dwarf:
Aunt Ginny’s Purple:
Believe It Or Not:
Belize Pink Heart:
Black Cherry:
Black Krim:
Black Master:
Brandywine Sudduth’s:
Canadian Dwarf:
Casady’s Folly:
Cherokee Chocolate:
Chile Verde:
Chuck’s:
Cowlick’s Brandywine:
Dr. Neal:
Earl’s Faux:
Ella’s Pink Plum:
Fakel:
Fish Lake Oxheart:
Gary O Sena:
Gold Medal:
Heart of the Bull:
Indigo Rose:
Jerry’s German Giant:
Jersey Giant:
Jetsetter:
Juan’s Ace VF:
Kellogg’s Breakfast:
Kolb:
Kumato:
Linda’s Faux:
Mama Irene’s:
Mary Robinsons German:
Matina:
Mexico:
Micro Tom:
Morado:
Mountain Magic:
New Big Dwarf:
OSU Blue:
Orange Minsk:
Orange Russian 117:
Pineapple:
Pink Berkeley Tie Dye:
Plum Regal F1:
Purple Dog Creek:
Red Pear:
San Marzano Redorta:
Smarty F1:
Stupice:
Violet Jasper:
Virginia Sweets:



Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Mar 21, 2012 7:52 PM CST
Is there any particular variety (probably a cherry) you would reccomend for this combination of ciurcumstances? I would look for those seeds this year and try them next year:

1. container, like 5 gallon bucket
2. early because my warm season is fairly short even thoguh frost-free is long
3. adapted to cool weather, because my summer is barely warm and certainly not "hot".
4. perhaps setting seedlings out under plastic for up to 2-3 months (March through May)

Here are some seeds I already have, mostly not adapted to containers:

Ildi - - - - - - - -(Extra early but INDET?)
Sungold - - - - (Extra early but INDET?)
"Sub Artic Cherry" - - EARLY DET PINK larger than cherry
Gold Nugget Yellow Cherry - - - - - (EXTRA Early ?)
"Santa" Cherry or "Santa Sweets" - - - (COOL SUMMER, INDET)
"Husky Cherry Red" - - - - - - - - - - - EARLY , SEMI-DET?
Yellow Pear

non-cherry but early & cool:

"Sub Artic Plenty" - Very Early DET 3-6 feet
'Oregon Spring' - - EXTRA-EARLY COOL CLIMATE DET?
'Glacier',
'Beaverlodge Plum',
"Early Wonder" ,
"Manitoba" ,
"Matina",
'Early Cascade',
'Taxi' ,
"Sophie's Choice",
Rocket Bush
Stupice - - (didn't like the flaver last year)
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Horseshoe
Mar 21, 2012 8:54 PM CST
Rick, or Corey... Smiling

I think you might like Early Wonder in your conditions. I've grown it here for several years now and it has decent flavor and productivity. Rare to have such good flavor for an early.

I'd also get a second bucket and go with Sungold. Although it can grow somewhat gangly (meaning all over the place!) you can keep it trimmed and it will definitely produce like gangbusters.

I would nix Golden Nugget Yellow (no flavor and no productivity for me), Yellow Pear (very bland every single year I've grown it), and although Oregon Spring is parthenocarpic and early I was never impressed with it.

I'd really encourage you to try New Big Dwarf one day, too. Very "well mannered" in its growth habit, produces very nice/large slicers, and due to its wonderful amount of foliage really comes on strong with flavor. I'll send seeds to you if you have time to start some still.

Shoe (admiring the other lists given above...ya'll are Tomato City!)
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Mar 22, 2012 2:44 PM CST
Thanks, Shoe! This year I'm so far behind everything that tomatoes are kind of low on my list.

But I'll look for New Big Dwarf for next year. I'd offer to trade, but I am months behind on fulfilling the "New Bee" offers over in DG. Will New Big Dwarf do OK in a bucket?

And I'll move Early Wonder up above Oregon Spring on my to-try list. And demote those yellows to the bottom. Something about descriptions of 'Ildi' make me want to try it.

Sungold will grow in a bucket!!!??? Bingo!! "Keep it trimmed..."


>> admiring the other lists

Heather from Calgary is an angel. She runs an annual tomato / pepper swap in the Fall. I buy some big packets of commercial tomato seed and send her 40 packets, and she sends back 40 varieties! And she can really pick suitable varieties. I have decades more varieties than I have space to try them.

I would love to trade, BUT only if you wait until I send you something BEFORE you send me anything! Easiest to send my list as a Word doc to a regular email address.

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