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Old September 30, 2017   #1
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Thank you Cross Hemisphere Dwarf Project.
....First I would like to thank the parents, BeautyKing and Dwarf
WildFred F4, and special thanks to Craig Leholier, ncTomatoman,
for introducing them to each other.

Thank you Tomatoville member, sdzejachok, for nurturing the
offspring via PurpleStripe F5 and finding this needle-in-the-
haystack. And naming it Metallica.

I'm sure others were involved and should be thanked...
Again thank you Craig for sending me the seeds saved.

I'm just another messenger in the process, growing out two plants
from the seed packet sent. You are the rock star this year Metallica.

I wasn't expecting much from these plants having never grown in
bags or on the kitchen deck. 22 dwarfs and 13 micros still
producing Sept 30th. Fantastic experience. Probably a
combination of factors, environmental, etc helped. 7hrs of sun
was a risk but in all the heat of August it was probably
a good thing.

Metallica - a solid 9.5 -6-8oz -excellent flavor -rich, buttery,
juicy, so savory, full flavored and so well balanced. The last fruit
scored a 9.8...my 'solid' 9.5 for the plant means the fruit can go
a bit up or down on the scale. All fruit has been great and still
have a few more about to ripen.
The stem end slice, after saving the seeds, (for Pete's sake, of
course I saved seed, lol), I squeezed the juice into a tbsp...so
good, then ate the rest like an apple. The best tomato I have had
in my 20 yrs of growing heirlooms. Juice everywhere.

^none of this is meant to be so serious, , it is just a tomato!
But with such a disaster season up on the farm, this was such a
welcomed surprise and I even have hot peppers,

Germination test, aprox. 24 seed is 95% and may have good lead
on a winter greenhouse and I'll grow a few.
Metallica has moved to my stable of favorites so next Spring I will
plant at least a dozen and up the pot size.

Metallica is much like TennSuited, GGWT, CherokeeChoc/Purple,
Owen's purple...all did well this year.
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Old September 30, 2017   #2
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Forgot to mention how heavy they are for their size. A good
feature of Metallica is the stem strength and size. Even in full
color/blush, the fruit will not let go. All fruit needed Felcos to
harvest.
Like mentioned, never thought I could grow toms here. Grew a
few herbs for years. Then added a height extension to the
railing when acrobatic rescue pup #2 joined the family. 2015 I
tried a micro patio variety that was rogue and gave zero fruit so
I never thought I could grow anything more than a few herbs.

That has proved wrong. Grew micros last Winter and a few
dwarfs, started another tray early with peppers...all took off and
had fruit early June. The railing is a perfect height for the dwarfs.
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Nice looking tomatoes and deck!
Congrats!
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Default Metallica seed?

Where do I find seed for the metallica tomato?
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That's pretty funny I wrote that last year....
And this season ?, 2018 ?, still my favorite.

It is a dwarf project tomato from the Beauty line and not a released variety yet.
I grew comparables this year from various growers, same beauty line....
All very good and similar. Different plant structure.
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After all of your praises, I'm sure that we will all be looking forward to Metallica's release. Do you have an idea of how close it is?
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Will it do as well for everyone as well as it has done for me? It is close to perfect and
this years plants are identical to last season...same structure. on the same plants
I have a beefsteak shape and a near heart. I pick at full blush close to metallic stripes
but off the vine they get very black. They hold very well indoors for a good week and
darken to a rich brown/black. I like a heavy dark tomato that gives a few days opportunity to enjoy...
I'm guessing it is close but that decision is not mine.

With all my leaf mold issues this season I will not share seeds. Even though my micros
and dwarfs pulled through I am not comfortable passing that on. I will heat treat my
own saved seed next season and use 2019 as a trial for my issues...

High heat, drought, then wet, hot, horrible heat soggy weather, no cracking or splits....

It is the only tomato I have served 'nude' at my tomato tasting menu party last weekend.
Not even sea salt. Just a bit of basil and par-cel.
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Looking good!
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