I already have most of my seeds for this year but wanted to try Jet Star, based mostly on the experience of Kevin and Sarah at Living Traditions Homestead on YouTube. Has anyone here grown the Jet Start variety before? Results?
USDA Zone 6a in Akron, NY on the left side of the state
Post by gardendmpls on Jan 10, 2021 10:20:53 GMT -5
Haven't grown, but reading through the catalog code words I would say it is very productive but an average taste. You have to look at what all the write-ups emphasize (usually the first two sentences) and what they avoid saying. Here is what I gleaned (boldfaces are my edit):
"productive and durable hybrid with average taste. Great for cooking or using as a market tomato or as a trap crop for the pesky neighbors"
" tasty and mild-flavored red fruit matures early with tremendous yields. Home gardeners will enjoy large, attractive, globe-shaped tomatoes"
"Prolific producer of big, globe-shaped fruits that ripen all the way through."
"Fresh market and plant sales favorite. Jet Star tomato plants produce big yields of large, clean fruit, quite free of cracks and scars, in the second early season. Globe-shaped fruit with bright, attractive color inside and out have a pleasant flavor."
Since you are looking for a market type tomato, these seem to be good in terms of productivity and appearance, which is what was emphasized. Flavor more just OK, as brought out by terms like pleasant, average and great for cooking.
Abigail, all 9 kids grown and 23 little gardeners.
Post by pepperhead212 on Jan 10, 2021 11:26:14 GMT -5
I grew Jet Star years ago, and it was productive, but there was nothing great about the flavor, and the main reason that I stopped growing it was the large core. I had to cut out quite a bit of each one, and if you are one looking for slices, there aren't many good slices per tomato, because the core is cut out so deep.
Post by heirloomfan on Jan 14, 2021 12:04:28 GMT -5
My Dad used to love Jetstar and I think he always got good results. I grew up on a farm in Eastern KS, the soil was always great there and he taught me a lot about gardening. I haven't grown Jetstar here (Colorado) but I have enjoyed growing various heirloom tomatoes.
I grew jetstar one year. I believe it did reasonably well. Hoping to get caught up on other projects & plant some stupice tomato seeds in the next few days. I know it's early but I intend to set some out early. I got my earliest ever ripe tomato from a stupice that volunteered in a pot that I was over wintering a pepper in. It came up in February & I got my first ripe tomato June 6th. Earliest ever for me. I hope to beat that one day.
Post by wargarden2017 on Feb 13, 2021 14:50:56 GMT -5
mcool61,zone is not relevant frost date important factor. i use the techniques in a 8 page leaflet by gordon graham a 3 time world record holder. 2 times for biggest plant and 1 time for biggest tomato. i will post the leaflet in another thread,