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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Feb 14, 2014 9:38 AM CST
Can we maybe add "days to maturity" to the tomato entries in the database?
When buying tomatoes that is the one piece of information I need the most.
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Feb 14, 2014 9:40 AM CST

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Days to Maturity, in fact, already exists as a data point in the tomatoes database, but that doesn't mean every tomato has it filled out. Please add it for tomatoes that you know of!
Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Feb 14, 2014 9:44 AM CST
oh, I didn't know that! I looked at a couple of entries that you have linked to your family seed business and didn't see it there.
In a place that gets it's last frost sometimes the first week of June and it's first frost the first week of September it is a necessary consideration. They have to do a lot of growing in 90 days!
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dave
Feb 14, 2014 9:52 AM CST

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I agree
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Feb 14, 2014 6:36 PM CST
Once I did a little bit of looking for "heat days" or "degree day" numbers for different tomato cultivars, but found nothing.

Someone suggested not even bothering to put tomato plants outside until nights consistently stay above 50-55 F! What, like July?

I guess they lived where the summers were long and not deadly-hot.
Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Feb 14, 2014 6:49 PM CST
I know, eh?
It's a challenge to grow tomatoes here. Our days can get hot but the nights are always cool and damp. The last two years I have planted 8 pepper plants and gotten not one pepper. Tomatoes just start to get fruit and we get a frost. I end up bringing most of the crop indoors green to ripen on the windowsills.
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Feb 14, 2014 8:53 PM CST
>> Tomatoes just start to get fruit and we get a frost.

My 'Stupice' tomatoes lost all their flavor when I had a few nights a row that were cool - maybe 50 or 45?

They had been pretty good before that, and I saved a few on the vine for a friend's visit. gave her one, she bit into it and spat it out it was so bad. She thought it must have gone bad, but just had no sweetness and little tartness. Kind of like oatmeal or cardboard.

The Sungold cherry tomatoes survived that cold spell and kept going for another few weeks.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Feb 15, 2014 8:17 PM CST
threegardeners said:I know, eh?
It's a challenge to grow tomatoes here. Our days can get hot but the nights are always cool and damp. The last two years I have planted 8 pepper plants and gotten not one pepper. Tomatoes just start to get fruit and we get a frost. I end up bringing most of the crop indoors green to ripen on the windowsills.


Have you ever tried growing in those Wall O Water thingies? You could just leave it on all season.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Feb 21, 2014 3:27 PM CST
Lee Anne, have you tried growing Early Girl tomatoes? I tried them for the first time last year, and was pleasantly surprised at how early they produced fruit and at the quantity as well. They aren't huge tomatoes, but lots of somewhat smaller tomatoes beats the heck out of no tomatoes at all! I will be growing them again this year.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Feb 21, 2014 3:28 PM CST
I grow Early Girl each year. A very good all round tomato.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Feb 21, 2014 5:00 PM CST
Yes, and I didn't have the problems with BER or splitting that I did with some of the other varieties I've tried.
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