After my last blog post, I know you are chock full of fascination about tomato descriptors. I also know that you are just dying to put your new knowledge to the test, and ask "Laura, what are you planting this year?" Luckily for you, I am just not done blabbing about tomatoes yet, and will be more than happy to share that information in great detail.
In February, I pulled out and arranged by type every tomato seed packet I owned. I decided that some of these seeds MUST be way too old to keep around, and I had just better try to grow them so I can admit they are OK to throw away. My oldest saved seed was from 2004, and those things grew like crazy. Once again, proof for my internal hoarder that nothing should ever be tossed.
Here is the list of tomatoes I decided to grow this year. Pathetically, this is NOT the total amount of tomato seed varieties I own, it's just what I decided to grow. Now, using your new found tomato term knowledge from my last post, let's see if this makes any sense to you. Consider it the reading comprehension review section.
San Marzano - 80-90 days. Indeterminate, Heirloom. Sauce type hailing from Italy with 1-3 oz. fruits.
Polish Linguisa - 73 days. Indeterminate. Heirloom sauce type from the 1800's growing 3-4" and 10-12 oz. sausage shaped fruits. No offense, Italians. We're just talking about tomatoes here.
Sun Gold - 65 days. Indeterminate, Hybrid. Golden/orange cherry tomatoes. Delicious!
Gold Nugget - 60 days. F1, V. Determinate. Cherry. Yet another golden cherry tomato plant. At least I'm consistent.
Sugar Snacker - ? days. Indeterminate. Hybrid or open pollinated? I'm not sure. I would swear when I bought it that it was an open pollinated heirloom, but I've never seen the plant available in the store since then, and have never seen the seed available in a catalog. I've been saving it every year since then, so this may wind up being my very own heirloom. This year, I'm growing the seed saved from the first plant I found in 2004. And guess what it grows? Orange cherry tomatoes, of course!
Balcony Hybrid - Determinate. I don't know much about this guy, because I bought it "The Cook's Garden" a few years ago, and that supplier no longer exists. I'm hoping the name says it all. I have six of these planted in pots and an Earth Box at the moment.
Stupice -60-70 days. Indeterminate,. Heirloom. Dwarf sized for containers. Prolific salad type. This is my first year growing this one, so let's see if the seed catalog lives up to the term "prolific." I also didn't pay attention and accidentally planted it in the garden. Nice.
Ramapo F1- 75-85 days. Semi-Determinate. This is supposed to be known as one of the old hybrid strains of "Jersey tomato" as identified by Rutgers Agricultural Program.
Matina - 60 days. Indeterminate. German Heirloom. 2-4 ounces.
"Large Red" Tomato From Hancock Shaker Village -82 days. Indeterminate. Heirloom. I bought these in MA in 2008 and haven't grown them yet. These are serious business as far as heirlooms go, and date back to the 1800's. They are described as having "extra tomatoey good taste." Can't go wrong there.
Black Krim - 80 days. Heirloom, Indeterminate, Red/Purple coloring, originating from Crimea.
Honey Delight - 87 days. Indeterminate. 4 oz. yellow fruit,
Tigerella - 60 days. Indeterminate, Heirloom. Red with orange stripes. 4-6 oz. fruits.
Big Rainbow - 85 days. Indeterminate, Heirloom. Large yellow fruits with red streaks.
Orange Queen -85 days. Indeterminate. 4-6 oz. fruits. This is another first year plant for me, and I only bought it because I read that orange tomatoes are super healthy. So here we go!
Paul Robeson - 85 days. Indeterminate, Heirloom. Dark red with green shoulders. 8-10 oz. fruits on alleged highly productive vines.
And now, the moment you've aaaaaaaall been waiting for ... (we've been watching a lot of "Little Einsteins" lately) ... the free tomato plant list! These are some gangly mofo's that are overdue for larger pots, but don't be phased. Once you get them into the ground, they'll fill out and get going. The important thing (and this goes for all tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant) is to BURY THEM UP TO THEIR LOWEST SET OF LEAVES WHEN PLANTING. You can even take off the lowest set of leaves and plant them even deeper. Tomatoes will set roots all along the entire stem that goes into the ground, and the establishment of a good root system means more tomatoes later. So here's what I have:
4 Sun Gold
3 Gold Nugget
lots of Sugar Snackers - maybe 20? small seedlings
2 San Marzano
1 Balcony Hybrid
3 Hancock Shaker Village "Large Red"
4 Black Krim
6 Honey Delight
2 Orange Queen
1 Paul Robeson (and one tiny two leaf seedling)
Unknowns - Do you feel lucky? I have 3 of one type and 2 of another. These labels got lost when potting up and I have no idea what they are, but they are something on this list. If you like to live dangerously, plant these and see what happens!
OK locals - leave your plant requests under the comments on this post, or on my facebook page. I'll have them packed up and ready for pick up on my front porch at your leisure. But don't take too long. They need happy homes! Thanks for reading and good luck!
I am Laura; lover of plants, fan of words, drinker of wine, practitioner of yoga, planner of schemes, and conductor of the family crazy train, Check here for gardening fun, harvest recipes, yoga philosophy, and whatever else I love to write about.