Here are my notes on these new tomatoes I grew this season. This was a bad year for disease, with a lot of plants, due to the non-stop rain, but it put them to the test, STS. If they produced well through that, not bad, but if they were prone, it soon became obvious.
Arkansas Traveler (grew years ago) - OK, but nothing spectacular. Lasted longer than most with the diseases, but the tomatoes later on were only about 2", if that.
Burracker's Favorite - Definitely a keeper. One of the earlier large varieties, and, despite being OP, seemed more resistant to disease than most. A few well over a pound, most 12 oz or over. Most were split on the top, as the photo shows, which heals, but no bottom splitting. Great flavor; not too sweet, but a true tomato flavor. It's the lower left here, next to Pretty in Pink, and 3 Sweet Carneros Pink on top:DSCF0885
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Pretty in Pink - Maybe will grow again, depending on how many types I have! It was the earliest large tomato to ripen, almost as soon as some of the cherries! Fairly large, most 12 oz or a little larger, with great flavor. Didn't split until later in the season, and was productive early on, slowing down and producing smaller tomatoes later on, and eventually succumbing to a blight.
Sunset Falls - Will definitely grow again! This is a small, determinate tomato, which was the second (after sunsugar) to start ripening, and every day, on just the one plant I'd have a dozen or more ripe - the plant only grew about 2 ft tall, but super dense, creating a LOT of fruits, until it finally stopped, and died off. So next season I will succession plant, starting them maybe 3 weeks apart, and start one 10 days before normal, and put that one out under a WOW, to maybe get some really early tomatoes! I'll plant them in those bucket sized SIPs, since they are small plants. Here's a photo of a few next to Green Tiger:DSCF0874
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Giant Garden Paste - A few decent tomatoes in the beginning, but nothing exceptional, and soon succumbed to disease, long before others. Wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
Kelloggs Breakfast - hardly got any tomatoes off of this pair of plants, once it did start producing. Fruits split, and the plants were not disease resistant at all.
Pink Oxheart - Won't grow this again; it was OK, and began ripening somewhat early, but eventually, every one would split, and rot, unless I picked them when there was a hint of a blush, and bring them inside, to ripen. It seemed somewhat disease resistant, and kept producing long after other varieties had died, but the tomatoes would rot, to it did no good!
Dwarfs - These were all PL, and grew to 4 ft or a little taller, which is why I tried them - to put in those bucket SIPs, on that smaller trellis I have. Most succumbed to disease late in the season, but a few would grow new branches, and actually produced some late tomatoes. Still, no keepers for me, but may be good for others.
Summer Sunrise Dwarf - Almost like the Sweet Sue, but a little smaller. Good flavor, but a lot of splitting.
Sweet Sue Dwarf - probably the most productive of the dwarfs I have. Largest were maybe 12 oz., yellow, with a blush on the bottom, and had good flavor, but most split later on. Here's a photo of these last two, and Burracker's Favorite:IMG_20180812_164005521
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Coorong Pink Dwarf - almost all split, and hardly got any usable fruits.
Kelly Green Dwarf - Another that almost all split on. The few that I get, actually ripened yellow, but no exceptional flavor.
Barossa Fest Dwarf - This was the only dwarf that didn't split, but almost all had a textured skin, like scars. I just used all of them in blended things, like gazpacho. Good flavor, but only 2" fruits, or a little larger.
Others, not new, but had to mention:
Sweet Carneros Pink & Green Zebra - Grew these years ago, and really liked them, but I must have stopped when that blight hit this area. This year, they were among the earliest to die, so I won't grow them again, even though the tomatoes are delicious.
Sweet Treats - I've grown this for a few years, with great success, but the plants this season were simply not the same! The ones from earlier years were large (1-1 1/4") round cherries, but these were elongated some - not quite a grape tomato, but like a cross with a grape. And the plants died from the blight before any of the other cherries had a hint of it. Definitely won't grow again.