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Old December 1, 2012   #1
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Default Striped German, Big Rainbow, etc.

I was reading about the new Avant Gardener magazine (new editor, old mag) and came across this comment about an upcoming topic:

"Have you ever wondered what's the difference is between 'Striped German', 'Big Rainbow', and several other large-fruited yellow-and-red marbled tomatoes? There isn't. They are all names for the same variety and we explain why."
http://avantgardener.info/

I don't subscribe so I don't know what issue it was in (Sept. 2012 or later).

I grew Striped German this year and liked it, though it was late. I was wondering if anyone had seen any evidence that these bicolors are all the same variety.
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Old December 2, 2012   #2
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here I found some answers:
http://www.tomatoville.com/showthread.php?t=17890

In my garden, I found that Armenian, Ananas, Ananas orange, Burracker's Favorite, Virginia Sweets, Hillbilly, are very similar, but not completely equal.
Maybe I forget some of this gold/red varieties I tested until now.
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I was reading about the new Avant Gardener magazine (new editor, old mag) and came across this comment about an upcoming topic:

"Have you ever wondered what's the difference is between 'Striped German', 'Big Rainbow', and several other large-fruited yellow-and-red marbled tomatoes? There isn't. They are all names for the same variety and we explain why."
http://avantgardener.info/

I don't subscribe so I don't know what issue it was in (Sept. 2012 or later).

I grew Striped German this year and liked it, though it was late. I was wondering if anyone had seen any evidence that these bicolors are all the same variety.
No, they aren't exactly the same varieties and there's well over a couple of hundred of them SSE listed of which I've probably grown about 20 or so.

They may look similar, but even then the exterior blush isn'tthe same, as to extent, Mary Robinson is a good one in that regard. And they don't all taste or perform the same either.

If they did I wouldn 't have gold/red bicolor faves and I have to be honest and say that the gold/red bicolors aren't my faves anyway.

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Hence the reason you shouldn't read that mag.

They have no clue.

I can't beleive they would say something like that.

Now that being said, every pink, red, black/brown/purple, yellow, white, orange etc are all the exact same tomato just with differant names. Just not the marbeled ones.

just saw this as well :

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Can you increase fruit set on tomatoes by pollinating the flowers by hand with a camel hair's brush? NO! In spite of several books and articles claiming you can. TOMATOES ARE SELF-POLLINATING, requiring just a slight movement of the flower truss to set fruit. We tell you what really helps tomatoes set fruit and ripen them early into the bargain.
So now I am learning that there is no way at all that a brush/electric toothbrush can help pollination. I suppose this means for indoor plants as well. Boy was i wrong, I will throw my pollinator toothbrush immediately.

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