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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 10:12 PM

nraleighliberal,others- which tomato weathered this summers crazy weather?

i worry specifically about heat in the future. wondered what folks had success with this year, especially the heirloom tomatoes.

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Reply nraleighliberal,others- which tomato weathered this summers crazy weather? (Original post)
mopinko Dec 2012 OP
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2012 #1
mopinko Dec 2012 #2
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2012 #3
mopinko Dec 2012 #4
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #5
mopinko Dec 2012 #6
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #7
Kolesar Dec 2012 #8
MuseRider Dec 2012 #9

Response to mopinko (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 10:33 PM

1. many...away for a few days...

Will respond properly when we return fri pm.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:33 PM

2. actually, the hoped for reply

was just a envelope full of seeds.
but do want to keep watching this issue.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:47 PM

3. Sure - seeds will come in the early spring!

I will get you some that did well in our heat.....though NC is quite different from IL!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 08:22 PM

4. hey, some will work for me.

kept some of the good ones from this year. i'm just hoarding seeds right now so that i don't have to be shopping when i could be outside. have a brazillion types of beans.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 05:00 PM

5. Sweet 100..I swear by it.

Been planting it since 1995 down here.
It is an indeterminent cherry tomato, that is as sweet as can be, produces prolifically, and if cut back, comes on again in the late summer.
Once day temps hit 70 or above, and night temps hit 50 or above, it will grow till frost..which can come on very late, we had our first frost 2 weeks ago, for a few days.
I plant it so it gets a few hours of direct afternoon sun, in large containers, against the wall posts of my carport, so I can tie up the vines.
Keeping it watered gets it thru even the 100 degree days.
Actually, I buy the very young plants, just to get a jump on the growing season, but could easily start seeds in March down here.
Mortgage Lifter did good also in the heat.
I DO give a lot of my tomatoes filtered light during the hottest part of the day, by planting in containers under the young leafy trees.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 08:35 PM

6. how is the flavor of the mortgage lifter?

have heard of it, but never tasted it. my mortgage could really use a lift.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 08:44 PM

7. Pretty good.

BIG tomato. A good sized one will make 2 bacon and tomato sandwichs.

It is an heirloom, so you can save the seeds. You can google for a history of it.
rareseeds.com is where I get all my seeds, they are a family owned non-gmo, organic seed company in Missouri.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 06:32 AM

8. We had fresh tomatoes from July until September: Stupice, Celebrity, and some little light bulb...

...tomatoes whose name I cannot recall.

We have a lot of organic matter in the soil, so it held moisture. I had changed to a new fertilization scheme, and the tomatoes grew furiously. Our garden gets shadows by 5:00 pm. It cuts into our yields, but it takes away some of the mean late day heat.

If you prune the tomatoes, then they display more of the "determinate" characteristics. If you don't prune them, they become indeterminate and you get a longer season of tomatoes from each plant.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:07 AM

9. One that always seems to grow well for us

is Amana Orange. It gets huge during the heat when nothing will set and then gives us great tomatoes late in the season. In years before the months of 100 + weather that we have had the last 2 summers they were great all season.

I think it may very well be my favorite tomato. Tasty, large and nice to look at and the bushes get very tall and fill out nicely.

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