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Old April 23, 2007   #1
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Default Raising your own "Cherubs"

Okay.. so it's a bit of a play on words..

..and before anyone asks.. I bought them on sale, and I was curious how they tasted.. turns out they tasted pretty good.

...and then I got a bit bored and thought it might be a fun little way to re-use and get creative..

Aren't they cute? Many of you may have seen these at the store.. put out by the same company that distributes "Nature Sweet" cherry tomatoes - Desert Glory.



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So, here's how to raise your own "Cherubs"

Step 1 - Pick up your little pack of cherubs from the store:



Step 2 - Open up your cherubs' little home. Say hello. Invite them out to play and be eaten:



Step 3 - Give your cherubs a little hug. When I say little hug, what I really mean is, squeeze them until they pop :


...after all, it's the only way they'll learn.

Step 4 - That little cherub house is just the right size and shape for little cherub-lings. Fill it with a nice mix. In this case, I've mixed peat, perlite, and vermiculite in a ratio of about 3:2:1 and then added in just a little bit of used coffee grounds for some basic nutrients:


Cherubs like to play in the dirt. Might as well give them a place to do it.

Step 5 - Add some warm water - enough to get the mix fully moist, and then tuck some little cherub seeds into the mix ever so slightly. Cover with some more mix, mist lightly, and then cover them back up:


Here, they'll stay all nice and warm and moist and grow up to be strong little cherublings!

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LOL, that was fun!

I placed the container on a small towel in back of my DVR in my entertainment unit.. nice and warm back there.

They were placed there on the 20th. I just checked them out and it seems I've already got a sprout!

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Hey Eric - did you end up planting any of the saved Bruno Rosso that I sent this year?
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Old April 24, 2007   #3
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I got them a bit too late to go out into the spring batch, but they're firmly on the list for my fall garden. Actually, it looks like my fall garden is going to have all sorts of neat varieties

As for these little cherubs.. I doubt I'll actually plant any of these seedlings here. I'll probably give one to my parents.. now if one of them ends up a dwarf.. maybe

The only room I still have in my garden at this point is being reserved for the "what-ifs".. you know, such as.. what if Craig sends me 1 or 2 of those dwarves
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Funny thing about the Bruno Rosso tomatoes -or Kumato as they were formaly known.

I sowed about twenty seeds of them this spring and when they came up- half of them were short seedlings, and half of them were normal size seedlings-most strange, you could definatly see the distinct difference between the two all in the same seed tray, I was in a bit of a dilemma as to which ones to grow on for best results, so in the end I potted four tall and two short seedlings just to be on the safe side, I dont really expect anything much from them but it will be interesting to see the results.
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Yeah, I'm kind of curious about those Bruno Rossos myself... and have them on my Fall grow list. By 'short' do you mean that they may be dwarf in some way? I would think a dwarf with similar fruit properties to Bruno Rosso might be kind of neat.

..for that matter, even a determinate with that fruit could be a good one for making dark, rich sauce
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There is a dwarf purple in the Dwarf Project which I hope to get seeds of once they come out of Disney's Craig's vault. I'm betting it tastes better than Rosso Bruno/Kumato too.

I think of all the breeding involved in Kumato/RB, Campari, and Cherubs to grow in a greenhouse under certain controlled conditions only exposed to certain chemicals or treatments. And bred to not lose as much flavor when refrigerated and shipped. Who knows what will happen when grown in a garden. Campari is easily the tastiest of the bunch and I'd like to compare it side-by-side with varieties like Kimberly, Sioux, and the real Box Car Willie.
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When you say(the real Box car willie) do you mean that there are several varients of it and one has to be selective to get the right one- if so can you recomend a good scource for the real McCoy.
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Did you ferment those seeds first?
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When you say(the real Box car willie) do you mean that there are several varients of it and one has to be selective to get the right one- if so can you recomend a good scource for the real McCoy.
If you get a somewhat ribbed, large tomato (12-16 oz) that's the faux Box Car Willie. It's a good tomato from all accounts, but it's not BCW.

If you get a globe-shaped 5-10oz, that's the real Box Car Willie. BCW is known for setting well in high temps, along with Mule Team, Sioux, Ark. Traveler, etc.

I hope to taste one or both this year. There are so many varieties I have not tasted.

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Did you ferment those seeds first?
Yep, sure did. Always do (that is, unless I just need one quick seed for something, in which case I'll usually eat the tomato and just fish out a seed

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Feldon, I haven't grown BCW yet, but I've been meaning to for some time. I wasn't aware it was good in the heat. Here in Phoenix, heat-set is just too valuable. Another reason to get some seed.
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How did the little Cherubs turn out Sirtanon?
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