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Old March 3, 2016   #61
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Carolyn, please tell me how Istra grows.
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Old March 3, 2016   #62
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I forgot about a fruit I had last summer that was a multi. I weighed it but have zero recollection on the weight. Knowing my hand size, I would guess under 2lbs.
Dang, I had no idea that I could have made this puppy bigger if I pruned the plant it was on.
You can see the fruit in the background that is my avatar.

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Old March 3, 2016   #63
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One of the great features of Marv's book is a "grower comments" with each section. Diverse viewpoints, from ppl growing in different conditions.

The pruning chapter has solid pics and gives you a good basic anatomy lesson, and some before, during, and after pruning views. The megabloom chapter is still relevant.

Some information is dated, that's to be expected.

Recommend.
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Old March 3, 2016   #64
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Thanks Gerardo, that's what I was looking for.

On another note, I'm thinking that breeding-in the delayed ripening gene would be key for breeders looking to create the next "big" thing.
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Old March 3, 2016   #65
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New to tomatoville here. I also grow giant tomatoes.
First year in growing giants and my pb is 2.240kg/4.938lbs.
It's from the variety "Domingo" which outgrew delicious and big zac from personal experience.image.jpg
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Old March 4, 2016   #66
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Bryanbryn, welcome to TV, and thanks for adding to the giant tomato thread.
I will post my list soon, and some pics too, you guys can research them for yourselves. All ears for suggestions also.
Nice to see some are geared up to grow a giant, I'm ready to roll too.
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Old March 4, 2016   #67
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Here are some of the giant varieties I'm planning to grow next season. Most are from Dale Thurber from Delectation of Tomatoes (DT)
My 4.938lb Domingo
My 3.6lb Big Zac (2 generations from the 8.41 McCoy WR)
Big Zac 4.57 McCoy (grew the world record)
Big Zac 5.8 Osmala
Belmonte 2.062lb DT- heaviest ever recorded for this variety was 4.14lbs
Michael's Portuguese Monster/Bigzarro 3.756lb DT- Seed originated from a 4.5lb tomato bought from in Portugal market.
Brutus Magnum 2.976lb DT -heaviest ever recorded for this variety was 6.25lbs
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Italian Heart DT- Heaviest for this variety is 4.19lbs
Delicious 3.205lb DT (2 gens from 7.33lb Hunt)
Italo DT- originally from a 5.77lb tomato entered "Consiglio's Kitchen great tomato hunt" in Canada.
Big Zac F3 4.67lb DT
Chilo della Garfagnana 3.554lb DT- Italian variety

It will be very interesting to grow this many giant varieties side by side to see how they do in our harsh climate.
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In my pic 4-5 posts above, does a the crack like the one on my tomato near the stem disqualify a fruit from contention (not that mine was a contender)?
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Old March 4, 2016   #69
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That tomato looks fine to me. As long as the split/crack isn't leaking.
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Ok, cool. Good to know for the future.

It was split but not leaking. We had tons of rain in June and July last year. I'm going under a tunnel with no end walls and sides this year to eliminate the chance of too much water.

I imagine growing under cover like mac coy did in his high tunnel would be the key to preventing rain/over-watering and thus splitting.
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Old March 4, 2016   #71
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I had 2 strains of this mortgage lifter, one that produced huge smooth fruit, and this one that produces huge gnarly fruit. Both were very productive, and each made some fruit that hit the 4 lb. mark. Sadly I lost the seed of the smooth one!
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Old March 4, 2016   #72
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Carolyn, please tell me how Istra grows.
To me it's what a variety tastes like that takes priority.

I tried to find a picture for it on line, Tania doesn't list it or the other ones I'm going to mention.

My seed producer in IA does SSE list it and says large red ruffled fruits up to about 2 # ,my words now, excellent taste,with which I will agree.

I got several varieties from Iva in Solvenia and all have been out standing ones for me,ones in addition to Istra would include

Primorski Pagug
Domac Doljenski

And Giroc,not from Iva and Trska Gora,not from Iva.

And Tania lists none of the ones above or I'm having a short term memory lapse.

Ididn't check the Photo Forum here to see if anyone did post pictures,perhaps Kath,I don't know. And I didn't check my Fall feed back threads either,since some will post pictures.

But Istra is RL,indet, ripened for me in my zone 5 in late midseason,that is,before about 80 days.

Just looking at my data book and I think the above were maybe grown out for seed production summer of 2014 for my 2015 seed offer which never happened, so no one has seen my varieties produced either last summer or the summer before.

Grow it! You'll like it very much.

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Old March 4, 2016   #73
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I'm attempting to grow some large tomatoes this year too. I was lucky enough to get a few seeds from the 8.41 MacCoy and can't wait to see what they grow. I also have a couple other 5lb+ seeds I'll be trying out.
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Old March 4, 2016   #74
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Carolyn, thank you so much. I'd seemed to remember Istra being mentioned as a large tomato, not a lot of info out there. Big and flavorful, not huge.
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I got some of Fabrice Boudyo's 8.36 and 6.83, which I think is Big Zac 7-8 generation, should be very much the same as McCoy 8.41.
This should be fun.
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