Indoor/Outdoor Tomatoes 2017

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Started tomatoes indoors as usual, in potting mix. Started three early, three on time (actually, one of those three was late.)

This year's line-up is:

Early starts (transplanted out age 9 weeks):

bucks county - largish
Park's Whopper CR Improved - largish - first try at this
artisan tiger stripe - grape - mixed colors, so don't know whether I've got something new

In-season starts (transplanted out age 4-5 weeks):

juliet - grape
super tasty - midsize semi-determinate
fantastico - grape (planned on sweet baby girl, but those seeds lacked vitality) - for topsy-turvy

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July 22nd and I've only eaten

July 22nd and I've only eaten fruit from two tomato plants so far -- artisan tiger stripe, and juliet. I could have eaten the artisan sooner if I'd realized quicker I'd gotten the green variety this year. laugh Very sweet and fruity, and the stripes get ever so slightly golden when ripe. Hard to spot the ripe ones. At the first juliets today, because they came off the plant when I tested them.

The other two early starts, buck's county and Park's whatever CR Improved, haven't delivered yet (should harvest a Park's in a few days - can see it bottom right of the tomato tree picture). The Park's and Supertasty have blossom end rot. I'm surprised, but the fantastico does not do well in the topsy-turvy. It was worth a try, but that habitat goes back to sweet baby girl from now on.

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Tomato plants all thriving

Tomato plants all thriving and setting fruit. The tiger stripe will clearly be first ripe fruit of the season, maybe 1-2 weeks yet, with the younger Juliet maybe a week behind. The new variety this year, Park's Whopper CR Improved, has a smaller plant, but faster fruit development so far, than Buck's County, its age and pot-mate. The youngest plant, the topsy-turvy Fantastico, has bigger fruit than the laggard, the Super-Tasty.

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The tomatoes were happy, if

The tomatoes were happy, if chilly, for their first week. Not growing like gangbusters, still staying below 70 degrees. But the tiger stripe has set a few fruit, and possible the two beefsteaks. I didn't bother taking pictures of the young ones again. They didn't die, and they won't flower for a few weeks yet.

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Uber-cold spring this year,

Uber-cold spring this year, with overnight temperatures down in the low 40's through mid-May. It's still not warm. But I planted out all the tomatoes last week.

 

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