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A possible bumper crop of tomatoes and peppers

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Post: # 20436Unread post Donnyboy
Thu May 21, 2020 12:11 pm

I need to start planning on where to carry bags of tomatoes to give away, I am only growing Big Beef and Heat Master hybrid tomatoes and a few experimental hybrid plants this year and they are all loaded with small to medium sized green tomatoes and new blooms. I went down the "heirllom" tomato road for many years and harvested some really good and bountiful tomatoes. I'm now looking for dependable tomato plants in adverse conditions of high heat and disease. I know from experience both varieties of my main crop produce old fashioned tasting, slightly acidic tomatoes in abundance.

Now I will sit back and wait and see if nature can throw something at me I didn't plan or provide for.

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Post: # 20444Unread post GoDawgs
Thu May 21, 2020 2:20 pm

Heat tolerance is one of the things I'm looking for and have some prospective candidates this year that are new to me.

Creole ("Developed by LSU for warm, humid climates")
Porter ("A good container tomato for hot, dry growing conditions and hot humid areas")
Rebel Yell ("Late season, Indeterminate, tall, very heat tolerant")
Santiago ("This tomato variety seems to do very well in hot climates.")
Super Sioux ("From Nebraska. Perfect variety for hot and dry climates.")

We'll see how they do here this year.
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Post: # 20454Unread post edweather
Thu May 21, 2020 5:25 pm

Indian Stripe PL is also a workhorse in the heat and humidity. We've already gotten about 15 lbs from ours, and it's 6 feet high, and has tomatoes set all the way to the top, and it's only May.
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Post: # 20829Unread post Donnyboy
Wed May 27, 2020 11:42 am

While I was growing the various heirloom varieties, I was also growing a few hybrid varieties which claimed to have some disease and heat tolerance. We typically have very cool, humid springs and ultra hot, dry summers. The spring weather is perfect for starting different fungus problems resulting in low production and early death of many heirloom varieties. I identified Big Beef a few years ago as a hybrid which does pretty well in my early spring weather and produces abundantly with very good tasting tomatoes. I first grew Heatmaster three years ago. In my garden, it survives the spring weather and then thrives in the extremely hot summer weather producing a lot of very good tasting tomatoes. Heatnaster is a determinate variety and doesn't produce as well in the fall unless I plant new seedlings in mid summer. Big Beef slows down in the late summer heat, but then rejuvenates in the fall producing well until first frost. This year, I also planted a few no name "experimental" hybrids from Seeds N Such which have almost every letter of the alphabet identifying the diseases they have some resistance to. They are setting a lot of small tomatoes but I have no idea how they will handle the heat when it arrives.

Before I started growing heirlooms, Better Boy hybrid was the only variety I grew because it survived well and produced well in the spring and fall. I stopped growing it many years ago when I switched to heirloom varieties. While it was a great tomato, it's taste seemed closer to grocery store variety than most heirloom varieties.
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Post: # 20846Unread post MissS
Wed May 27, 2020 4:03 pm

It does sound like you may have a good year. Hopefully everything will work out quite well for you.
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