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Old 05-20-2006, 09:51 AM   #11
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Sizz, it's really getting too late in the season to start seeds, even in Indiana! I'd go to a garden center, and see what they have. Find out what's best for your area, as not all tomatoes do well in different parts of the country, even tho you may see them in 'national' catalogs.

Did anyone mention 'Sweet 100' or 'Sweet Million' for cherry tomatoes? They're awesome - you just want to eat them like candy!

For heirlooms, I love the Cherokee Purple; for big beefy ones, Burpee Big Boy is great. Try some of the little yellow pears, too; they look so pretty on salads, an d boy are they profilic!

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Old 05-20-2006, 10:06 AM   #12
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sizz, i put in roughly the same types of tomatoes every year. i don't have time now to start my own from seeds anymore, so i go to a small mom and pop garden center to buy mine now. i've found the plants from the big garden centers are often infested with all kinds of bugs and diseases in certain years, so i've had better luck with smaller privately owned nursuries.
when selecting plants, look for ones with thicker stems and darker green leaves. try to avoid any that are yellowing, or are already flowering and are overly pot bound. this gets harder to do the longer you wait in the season, but if that's all you have to choose from, then it'll do.

this year i put in 6 romas (for sauce), 4 grapes (just raw, for salads if they make it that far), 6 celebrity and 4 early girls (small to medium round fruits that are early producers, all around use), and 4 burpee big boys (for slicing).

i've grown heirlooms such as brandywines, but they definitely produced fewer fruits, and were more susceptible to too much or too little rain/watering and diseases. still, it's a cool looking and very tasty tomato.

ic, i've grown both yellow and red pear tomatoes, and while they're good eatin' and make an especially nice presentation when mixed, i think grape or supersweets, or sweet 100's have a better and sweeter flavor.

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Old 05-20-2006, 11:07 AM   #13
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I love Sweet 100's as the cherry tomato in my garden. So does my little dog, who goes over and picks a few of his own for a snack! Fortunately, the plant produces hundreds, just as they say it will, so there are plenty for all.

I also agree that Brandywine is a nice flavored tomato. I usually stick to the Big Boys and Supersonics or Super Fantastics for my regular red slicing tomato. They are reliable and produce enough fruit for me.

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Old 05-20-2006, 11:48 AM   #14
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I finally got my tomatoes put out, now that blackberry winter is over. We have 4 Supersonics and 4 Romas. That will be more than enough for the two of us, if they do any good. I also put out 4 red sweet pepper plants. If I need some green ones, I can always pick them before they are ripe.
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Old 05-20-2006, 01:25 PM   #15
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DH insists on putting 2 Early Girls in 1 wine barrel half. I don't think there is enough room. It measures 22" across from the inside. What do you think??
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Old 05-21-2006, 02:31 AM   #16
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I hope you have as much success as I did this past summer Down Under. I bought six rather spindly looking cherry tomato plants from the local market, put one in a pot and the others in the garden. They ended up growing about six feet tall and attaching themselves to the wire grid on the wall that I was hoping the beans would grow up. Never did see a bean but I was picking a bowl of cherry tomatoes nearly every day for 2-3 months. The one in the pot didn't grow as profusely. But they were all sweet and full of flavour.
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Old 05-21-2006, 09:54 AM   #17
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WOW!! Great information, you guys! I plant lots of tomatoes each year ~ mostly Roma for sauce, but lots of other varieties for eating. I like to try different tastes, sizes, etc. Some I grow from seed, others I purchase from the local nursery. I agree with everyone about "Sweet 100s". They are great and sooooooo many!! Just make sure the tomatoes you start are suited to your particular area. I just happened to find the garden website listed below. If you have a chance, you may want to check it out. It is set up exactly like this site and easy to navigate. Enjoy your tomatoes!

GardenGuides Forums -

(Last year some of my tomatoes had blossom end rot which is a dark soft spot on the bottom of the tomato. I checked with the site above and was told to use more calcium in the soil. Eggshells were recommended. So instead of dumping all my eggshells into my compost pile, I saved them, crushed them, and will put a handful with each plant. We'll see if this works!?)
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Old 07-25-2006, 09:30 PM   #18
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I usually plant roma tomatoes but this year they labeled them wrong and got cherry instead. Only four plants but they are still growing months later. They seem to reseed very easy guess the birds drop the seeds around. Have some growing under the palm trees holding up pretty good with the summer heat. Froze the roma tomatoes that I grew last year whole. Came in handy for salads just chipping the frozen tomatoes and adding to salads.

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