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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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