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Old April 16, 2021   #1
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Default Romanian tomatoes

Someone gave me seeds for these about 10 years ago.

Growing them out for the first time.

Orange Romanian Heirloom
Pink Oxheart Romanian Heirloom
Yellow Medium Romanian Heirloom
Thick-Skin Cherry
Super Sweet Tiny Pink Cherry

No information on any of them. I've peeked at the Seed Savers Exchange catalog and Tatiana's TomatoBase, no information.

I don't have room for all of them but may at least want to try the cherries.

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Old April 16, 2021   #2
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By those names, they're probably not an actual variety, but what someone had in their garden. There are tens of pink oxhearts in Romania. And like in any country, most don't really have any name. People should really try to put unique names to unnamed tomatoes when distributing, if they want to reach a more global popularity and to be this way preserved.
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Old April 17, 2021   #3
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Thanks Zipcode.
The descriptions came with the seeds, the donor said her mother (from Romania) grew them.
I suppose I can give them some names myself, if they are any good!
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Giving them some names and then spreading them under those names is a bad idea. Not bring anything new and only contribute to increasing disorder in varieties of tomatoes. In ten years, someone will be looking for what your tomato variety is.
I think that Tomatovillan should not have done this.
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Old April 17, 2021   #5
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Those were the names on the seeds as they were given to me.
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So leave them the names that were on the envelopes. It is the simplest and most correct.
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I looked for ethnic tomatoes in Romania 3 years ago. There were literally none to be found. All tomatoes that I found were known varieties, sometimes with a translated name. I'm not sure why. Melons were another story. I found several melons that are unique to the region. One of them is now available from Sandhill Preservation.
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Last year I started with Romanian tomato varieties. I got them from 2 exchange partners.
Than I got seeds from an user from our German Tomaten-Forum. With name, but I have only one in cultivation this year. In Germany live a few people from Romania (Hermannstadt - Sibiu) which came after the Second World war. I got the seeds from them.

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The seed bank in Suceava has a bunch of tomatoes (named by them depending where they collected them in the region), free for those who ask for them. Never tried them, I think they give you random varieties, don't think you can ask for specific ones. There are definitely good varieties kept by some from their elders (unnamed), especially oxheart types. I used to have one, very big red heart, which was really very good, but didn't germinate after a period when I couldn't garden, and a few others, the only one I still have is an Opalka looking type.
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I got (exchange) 2 varieties from that genbank. It were bush tomatoes. The taste was not the best, but the old ones had an fantastic taste!
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All of mine are started, they are small plants in 3 oz. paper cups as of this writing. Pretty good germination for (refrigerated) seed about 10 years old.
The "Pink Oxheart Romanian Heirloom" is the only one with the characteristic "wispy" oxheart foliage. All others are regular leaf.
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I'm quite surprised that there are no famous Romanian tomatoes here in Tomatoville. A long-term member here is Moshou, who even collaborated with Carolyn. He has a perfect knowledge of Romanian heirloom varieties, searches for them and even offers their seeds on his website http://www.rosiidingradina.ro/
I grew several Romanian varieties, of which I liked the most large steak Puszta Kolocz (pictured) and also Maria Amazilitei. It is really worth growing at least these two varieties.
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My Roumanian seeds were from Moshou. I grew them, made seeds and sent seeds back to him. A few...discription "Tomaten-Forum.com"





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Vladimir,
Thank you for the link.
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Old November 25, 2021   #15
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I totally agree. As a avid seed collector I get frustrated when you get a tomato seed and it is nothing as the person said it was/ or is the wrong seed. This is becoming more of a problem when people just go around naming tomatoes. I ahve personally found several that were the same tomato with different names. It is very frustrating for someone who is trying to save the old varieties. Please do not rename a tomato
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