I used to plant Stupice every year. I think I remember it did well for some people in some areas but not for others. I get pretty early tomatoes from Juliet grape tomatoes and those are a favorite anyway so I started to just use them early for early tomatoes. I also planted an Italian grape this year to see if it is similar to Juliet but not a hybrid.
Post by heirloomfan on Mar 3, 2021 12:46:13 GMT -5
I have grown Stupice before and they are good, just not large tomatoes. Have heard their size called a "saladette" size, bigger than cherry but more along the golf to tennis ball size. They are supposed to be tolerant of cooler temperatures too. They might be good for canning as well, only planted two plants last time but I think if you had more they would produce enough for canning or salsa. White spots on the leaves is from hail damage.
Yesterday was the day. Planting trays have been filled and waiting for a week plus. I’ve been waiting for the inspiration to hit. Carbon, Juliet, Beefy Boy, and Hungarian Heart (new for me) were planted...still pondering on Cherokee Purple, Andiamo, Pompeii, Marzano, Carmello and Bloody Butcher. Some of those varieties are older seed.
This downsizing thing ain’t easy. So many varieties to choose from, all with promises of deliciousness. Problem is, as babies, the first 6 to 8 weeks is the easy part. Then they are teenagers progressing to adults, demanding watering, tying up, watering, needing hornworm inspection, and more watering. Then you find the first fruit set and the anticipation begins. What the heck, plant them all. I can decide later.
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Post by pepperhead212 on Mar 6, 2021 0:41:14 GMT -5
I never start tomato seeds this early, except for this season, when I started a few to try my hand at grafting...again, as it didn't work out the one time I tried it before. But this time I also started some Hari eggplant seeds to use as the rootstock, as I read that this is often done, and I know how much stronger those Hari roots are when pulling them in the fall! Plus, I got a large number of seeds, as usual, (which makes me figure they aren't really a hybrid). I tried some favorites in the tomatoes - Sunsugar and Big Beef - plus some I had more seeds of, than many of the others. Here's a photo of those plants, all started on the same day, and that big beef looks like it had a week head start, or longer! The Hari are the six in the middle, plus the two next to the Big Beef, and they are larger than most of the other tomatoes - unusual, as EP are usually much slower to germinate, as well as growing, in the beginning! I'll see how things work out, and keep you posted. Veggies started for grafting, 2-27 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Started tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. They are all growing quickly! Perhaps the new lights or just more lights. Usually, eggplant is slow for me but not this year! I planted way too much. Oh well. I haven't overdone it like this in years.
Post by desertwoman on Apr 2, 2021 11:37:58 GMT -5
I'm in a tomato rut and would like some suggestions for something different.
What are your top 2 or 3 tomato choices and why?
And I'd love to hear from pondgardener and Tomato Z as you both probably have the most similar to me growing conditions between altitude, soil, length of season, and/or dry (lower humidity) conditions,
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Post by pondgardener on Apr 2, 2021 18:56:28 GMT -5
desertwoman , As I probably mentioned before, I am partial to growing a tomato that my aunt had given me seeds for about a dozen years ago. In fact, I just transplanted 4 plants to a bigger container of seeds that she had identified as being from 1999. And I am planning on getting them outside before the first of May with some frost protection.
Two others that I grow every year are Big Beef Hybrid and Indian Stripe. Big Beef has plenty of production, vigorous grower and for a hybrid, good flavor. Indian Stripe is asked for frequently from people that I do share tomatoes with, and although it seems to not grow as fast as Big Beef, it catches up in the end, with plenty of tomatoes to share. And my favorite cherry is SunSugar Hybrid, as it seems to crack less than Sungold, at least for me.
One that is new to me this year is Start F1. Supposedly one of the top tomatoes in the Czech Republic, I got some seeds this year from a gentleman who lives there and it is an early, medium size tomato. I may have a few seeds of any of these if you are interested in trying something new, although you may have tried the Indian Stripe already.
pondgardener, Did you do anything special to the seeds from 1999 to aid with germination? When mom was giving me her seeds to start there was some my grandma had wrapped in a cloth and labeled as seed from one of her neighbors. The seeds have to be a minimum of six years old and I had no luck presprouting them.
Post by pondgardener on Apr 3, 2021 17:50:54 GMT -5
emmsmommy, I brewed a weak batch of chamomile tea that I soaked the seeds in for a few hours, mostly to discard any floaters. But I have never had any problems in germinating any of the seeds that I have saved. Probably depends on the variety. I have heard of other people using a pinch of Miracle Grow in water or saltpeter to aid in getting older seeds to germinate.
Live your life as if you are ready to say goodbye to it at any moment, as if the time left for you were some pleasant surprise. Marcus Aurelius
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 3, 2021 19:29:59 GMT -5
I'm going to try some H2O2 for soaking my tomato seeds - 1 tb to a pint of filtered water. I will do this with about half of them - the others will get soaked in a saltpeter solution, since I have two more peppers to soak. I've always used this for my tomatoes, too, mainly because I soak my pepper seeds in it, and years ago I did an experiment, to see if it helped with pepper seeds. It definitely helped, so I have used it ever since. I'll see if the peroxide treated ones are any faster or slower, or no difference. GA-3 didn't help with peppers or tomatoes - germinated about the same as water soaked seeds, but that helped eggplants, and many herbs and greens.