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Old August 21, 2017   #166
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Mark, it's OK to make them part of my January seed offer(assuming I do one)?
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Old August 21, 2017   #167
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Mark, it's OK to make them part of my January seed offer(assuming I do one)?
Yes, if you find an super tasty one, spread those seeds around for others to enjoy too.
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Old August 21, 2017   #168
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Delicious and productive, I'll grow them again next year. Tennis ball size for me on trimmed back clusters of 6-8 tomatoes, with slightly smaller toms and more irregulars on non-pruned trusses. Only downside, and probably attributable to this dry climate and big temperature swings, is splitting. It's been a bad year about splitting for a lot of my varieties so it could very well pass next season. An excellent tomato, and thank you to everyone involved for making it available.
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Old August 22, 2017   #169
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Hi Mark,

I wanted to get your opinion on my Mat-Su Express plant this year. For the record, it is one of, if not the healthiest plants in the garden, very dense big PL and extremely productive.

I only grew one from Plant 11 seed.

The flavor is quite good, but the tomatoes are often look a bit odd on the inside, with a large gap between the sides and the gel. You can see it in the picture below, 1 is like that, the other 2 are not (all from the same plant). Ironically enough, the ones that have that that gap have noticably better flavor. My question is--is that the intended result for Mat-Su Express and if I should save seed from this plant--as I want to ensure any saved seed is correct and as intended. If not, I will source some new seed as I had germination issues and used up all my Plant 11 seed. Or if you suggest, I can try the Plant 41 (I'll need to check that is correct but I'm pretty sure) seed next year.

Thanks for sharing again!
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Old August 22, 2017   #170
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You should not have that gap, I am not sure why you are getting it.
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Old August 22, 2017   #171
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Puffiness
Too hot, too cold, too much N
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Old August 22, 2017   #172
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Puffiness
Too hot, too cold, too much N
I can eliminate too hot and too cold. Too much N, I doubt it as they are in-ground and only fertilized a couple times this year. The variability is odd.

Mark, thanks for the feedback. While the fruits are a bit odd, it is good to know this isn't expected--whether it is something odd with this specific seed or something environmental. The tomatoes still taste wonderful. I will likely plan on growing from plant 41 seed stock next year. Thanks again for sharing your wonderful creations with us.
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Old August 23, 2017   #173
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Odd, mine don't look like that. My 41 has produced less, smaller tomatoes than my 11's. My 11's are still setting fruit and some of the only plants still alive.
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Old August 23, 2017   #174
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Just ate a Mat-Su Express (seeds from Cole) and it had some of the same voids. Tomato looked identical to the one pictured above. It was very tasty. Sweet and almost seemed to leave a taste of salt in my mouth (I didn't add salt). Very good taste.

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Here is a link that explains possibilities for hollow fruit. I have never had a hollow fruit from any variety, so I could not offer a personal explanation. I have also harvested thousands of Mat-Su fruit, so I am quite sure it is not genetic. However it may be susceptible to it under some conditions. Keep us posted TV's

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edi...low-inside.htm

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs200

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Old September 13, 2017   #176
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Mat su express sounds terrific. I am excited to try it in my nc garden next spring if i can get seed.
Hopefully it will grow well here close to greensboro. I usually plant around 60 plants and plan to prune to one or two stems this coming season.
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Jmsieglaff, do you realize the treasure you have in that hollow fruit? THE ELUSIVE GOOD-TASTING STUFFER! Pursue that line! If you get seed, I'd really like some!

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