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Re: Favorite Tomato

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:29 am
by chippie
Celebrity seems to do well regardless of the climate.
t survived our 100+ degree summer days in direct sun & produced a bumper crop

I had bush Goliath last year for the first time & they did well too
I had Cherokee purple heirloom & they couldn't stand the heat or sun

Re: Favorite Tomato

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:36 am
by CottageFarm
Ali, I usually grow Black Prince and Cherokee Purple. I do almost like the black tomatoes. Some of the yellow ones aren't too bad either. The Cherokee is especially unique. They have a smokey flavor that hits the back of the tougue and adds a special flavor to salsa & sauces. I use some of these in my spaghetti sauce when I have them. I've also grown the Black Krim, but I found the Black Prince to be a superior performer so I stick with that one.

Re: Favorite Tomato

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:43 am
by CottageFarm
Thanks, Kathie & Chippie. I might consider the Celebrity for plant sales. I think for production hybrids I stick with the Big Beef and Parks Whopper. Celebrity doesn't seem to offer anything superior to those two.
My priorities for production varieties are taste, size (large 12-16 oz), high yields, disease resistance, and plant manageabilty. The latter factor is the only reason I've abondoned the Better Boy. I have a serious love/hate relationship with that one. :lol2:

Re: Favorite Tomato

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:03 pm
by alisonb
Just went through my seeds, some 30 odd varieties :roll: . Have Black cherry, Black from Tula and Black plum.....none of the one's you mention so thanks, now I know what to look out for :D .

My mom loves Oxheart so I usually plant a couple just for her :heart: . Something you may want to look at, if you have not already, is the Sub-Artic for you area??? Oh, and the Italian tomato Pricipe Borghese?? I have seed for them both so if they are any good please let me know.

Re: Favorite Tomato

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:28 pm
by Kathie in Thorp
CottageFarm wrote:Thanks, Kathie & Chippie. I might consider the Celebrity for plant sales. I think for production hybrids I stick with the Big Beef and Parks Whopper. Celebrity doesn't seem to offer anything superior to those two.
My priorities for production varieties are taste, size (large 12-16 oz), high yields, disease resistance, and plant manageabilty. The latter factor is the only reason I've abondoned the Better Boy. I have a serious love/hate relationship with that one. :lol2:

I agree, CottageFarm, that Celebrity won't have anything over Big Beef and Parks Whopper for size, and maybe not for flavor either. But I like them because they are ready almost 30 days before I get anything off my heirloom plants. I'm not very patient.

Re: Favorite Tomato

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:59 pm
by Dave
cow pollinater wrote:I love the cherry tomatoes. My wife will eat the big ones some but the kids and I don't care to much... instead we eat the sweet100's like candy.

I agree. I plant one y the garden gate and one by the gate going to the barn. Eat them by the handfull fresh off the vine as I am walking by.

Re: Favorite Tomato

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:17 pm
by greybeard
Raised some of the black tomatoes in 2011 (bad drought year) and they did great. Not much to look at as far as conformity, but gawd they were good--and huge! You won't be disappointed.

My brother in law has a little 20 X 30 ft greenhouse and starts enough tomato plants for 1/2 the county--always a different bunch of varieties each year. (that's where I got the black tomatos.) Last year included some German heirlooms that were really good as well as some French or Italian cherry type tomatoes. Lots of them, I have never heard of, but they all have their own distinctive taste. We canned lots of them and they have kept good--almost out now tho. I'll never grow any more BB or early girl types again.

Re: Favorite Tomato

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:35 am
by chippie
beginning to wish that I had a greenhouse. . .

Re: Favorite Tomato

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:35 pm
by Grandpa
I'm not a tomato eater, but my wife loves them. One year, we were given some Persimmon Tomato seedlings. They were the color and shape of a persimmon and had a little sweetness to them. Even I liked those. Have never found any more of them, sadly.

Re: Favorite Tomato

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:35 pm
by Kathie in Thorp
chippie wrote:beginning to wish that I had a greenhouse. . .

Yup. Can't do a soft-sided one here, because the wind would have it gone within a week.

But, Chippie, you might think about putting in some raised beds, and along the sides as you construct it, put in 1 inch diam PVC pipe along the outside edges, that you could insert 3/4" PVC to arc over the beds and cover w/ heavy plastic. There are plans for this on the internet. We did ours via a plan on the Sunset Magazine site. But our winds are too big -- just blew our plastic covers to pieces.

Re: Favorite Tomato

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:24 am
by redcowsrule33
Mexico has always done very well for me. Azoychka (sp?) is a nice smaller early yellow tomato with great flavor. I usually also grow Bush Early Girls for a nice early crop.