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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #31
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Fun topic!

This year's "gems" have been:

1. Karma Purple. My most delicious tomato so far, rich and full-flavored.
2. Blush. It came up as a volunteer originally, and I decided to use it to replace a plant that got eaten early on after transplant. It's been absolutely prolific, and has fought off diseases that took out a plant next to it (so far). I'm also using a new type of cage with it that is very prone to collapsing, and in fact it has collapsed twice, and it's still fine. It's just indestructible and I respect that!
3. Grosse Cotelee. Of my larger tomatoes, this slicer has been very productive. I planted out two plants, unfortunately one of them I had to pull for disease, but the other one is doing fine and still producing a lot. It's also a perfect size for me, just right for one sandwich plus a bite.

"Duds":

1. Perfect Storm. I wanted to like this, I really did. But it succumbed to disease too early, and I found the fruit to be bland.
2. Berkeley Tie-Dye Heart. It tastes good, and is so pretty, but the tomato is so very soft, it's not to my liking.
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Romovaya Baba was a new GWR I tried this year and it was very productive and great taste.

Noir de Crimee, a variety I've had in my collection forever but haven't grown, turned out to be a productive plant, but way too seedy and flavor was average at best.
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Kellogg's breakfast,took forever to get ripe but survived bird pecks and vermin bites due to it's color.
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Update on Gems:

I have to revise my opinion of Medovaya Kaplya, which I had listed under "Duds." It has metamorphasized into something else entirely! It went from producing small, blah tomatoes, to much bigger (2 or 3x bigger) and much more flavorful little delights. I was hoping the flavor would pick up but, what a nice surprise.

Lucky Tiger - Planted this late and it has sparse fruit and not sure when it is ripe, so I've been watching a couple fruits. Today they had blushed a little, and then I saw fruit flies swarming them and realized they had both split on the back side. Picked them, cut off the bad parts, oh my goodness, what a wonderful flavor! Sweet, fruity, tangy, love it. Hope I can get a few more!

Not Cherokee Purple Pink - Okay, I made up that name. I have a Cherokee Purple plant that is producing pink fruits instead, and they turned out to be yummy. It is not Cherokee Purple, but it's very flavorful, and wonderful in sandwiches. The first fruits were almost entirely uniform in color. The ones I picked today have some green shoulders and the circular cracking on top that I'm used to seeing on CP.

Still waiting on some new-to-me varieties ... Rusty Everett Oxheart, Cherokee Purple Heart, Grandma Oliver's Chocolate, Captain Lucky, and Midnight Sun.
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No duds this year, but found two new gems, both of them dwarfs.
Both varieties were healthy and vigorous plants, and bore ample fruit that stood up well to the perennial Stinkbug problem I have in my garden

I've already bought more seeds (Victory Seeds), so I could be sure I can grow them again next year!

Boronia Dwarf - To me, it looks and tastes like a medium sized Cherokee Purple.

Dwarf Mr. Snow - It's an ivory white medium sized tomato, with an excellent balanced taste to my palate.
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Old 3 Days Ago   #36
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No duds this year, but found two new gems, both of them dwarfs.
Both varieties were healthy and vigorous plants, and bore ample fruit that stood up well to the perennial Stinkbug problem I have in my garden

I've already bought more seeds (Victory Seeds), so I could be sure I can grow them again next year!

Boronia Dwarf - To me, it looks and tastes like a medium sized Cherokee Purple.

Dwarf Mr. Snow - It's an ivory white medium sized tomato, with an excellent balanced taste to my palate.
Good to know, I'm also waiting for my Dwarf Mr. Snow. Planted it super late, but it shot up and has tons of flowers and a few little fruits developing. Certainly looks much more productive than the couple other dwarfs I've grown. Very much looking forward to tasting this one.
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Mr Snow is one of the sweetest tomatoes I have ever tasted.
Boronia has more evenly shaped fruit than Rosella Purple and is equally delicious.
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Gems - Sweet Scarlet Dwarf, Rosella Purple (Great taste and production)

Duds - Dwarf Firebird Sweet, Dwarf Maura's Cardinal, Dwarf Beauty King (None of these produced for me)
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LK2016, My Rosella fruit are in big clusters, on very very tall plants (double others in height) but the fruit is very small. I don't know if this is just my growing conditions or this variety just produces smaller fruit, smaller than other cherries.
What is yours like?
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