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    Quote Originally Posted by sparrow100 View Post
    The RHS are doing a cherry tomato trial this year - v interested to see what they include: https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/pdfs/r...programme-2017

    And sorry - couldn't think where else to put this. Feel free to delete!
    I notice they're going to have 40 cultivars!! Lets hope most of them are open pollinated/heritage.
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    They may be OP but I can't remember them testing any Heritage varieties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    C'mon you know you want to join there's nothing better than a parcel through the door around Christmas time full of seeds there's no better present. Everyone welcome.

    Save 2 varieties of tomatoes (no F1's) with 6-8 seeds per pack. Last year we had to save 12 packs of each variety.

    No pressure, register your interest - and the tomatoes you fancy saving if you know what you are going to grow

    #things don't often go to plan while growing so you can change your mind on what varieties you are saving. Remember there's loads of seeds in a cherry Tom, so you only have to save one or two but you do have to label them!


    Tips here for seed saving : http://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gra...ml#post1397063

    1. Jack - Ruby tomato, Pink Bulgarian, Rose de Berne ( real seeds)
    2. VC - something black icicle shaped
    3. Cadalot
    4. Norfolk Grey - Giallo D'Inverno, Bananalegs, Moonglow
    5. HappyHumph - Latah, Amish Paste
    6. Thelma -
    7. Sea Sprout -
    8. Ms T - Orange Banana, Purple Ukraine
    9. JJ -
    10. Deano -
    11. Trip -
    12. Scarlet -
    13. Mark P - Japanese Black Trifele, Green Grapes and Ananas Noire
    14. MollieDollie -

    Ok, the results are in:

    I'm going to try to grow my first choices, which are....

    Suncherry Premium F1 (for me not swaps)
    San Marzano F1 (for me not swaps) Apparently not an F1.
    Gigantomo F1 (for me not swaps)


    Deweese Streaked - Beefsteak
    Essex Wonder - Medium Red Tom
    Scotland Yellow - Yellow
    Darby Striped - Erm.. Stripy.
    Carotina - Orange Medium
    Cream Sausage - Pale Yellow, Long.
    Rutgers
    - Largish, red, Round.

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    Would like to grow if I can find room....

    Cyril's Choice - red, bush.
    Vine/Garden Peach - Yellow, Medium Round
    Summer Frolic - Might be F1....?
    Kellogg's Breakfast - Yellow/Orange Beefsteak
    Black Krim - black
    Blaby - for seed
    Kenilworth King George - for seed
    Orange Banana - for seed.

    Any swaps subject to the seeds germinating..... updates will be provided.
    Last edited by seasprout; 19-03-2017 at 08:46 PM. Reason: Extra non-F1
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    Here's what I found:

    Orange Banana: not for pots! not for pots! not for pots! Such a heavy producer, it needs free access to soil. If I hadn't had it in the ground before I grew it in pots (large buckets actually) I wouldn't have grown it again, so much BER! But I never lose a single fruit on the OB plants that are "free roaming" (btw, it's not always a real lack of calcium but the fact that in a pot there is this great variation in moisture over the day, resulting in the "ends" of the plant not getting a constant supply of nutrients/calcium -- the "ends" = the blossom ends of the fruits = furthest away from the roots. A lot of watering, unfortunately, also results in watery fruits... less tasty than you'd expect from home grown ones)

    Cyril's Choice: great tom! And here's a tomato that likes to be in a pot! The year I grew them in the ground I lost most of the fruits to -- mice! They loved the fact that they didn't have to climb much in this sturdy, compact plant to nibble on something yummy. In buckets, they stand high enough above ground for the mice to think twice.
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    I will be growing one Orange Banana in my Quad grow ...i have not grown them or used it before.
    Any one else grown them in a Quad grow?
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    Quote Originally Posted by seasprout View Post
    Ok, the results are in:

    I'm going to try to grow my first choices, which are....

    Suncherry Premium F1 (for me not swaps)
    San Marzano F1 (for me not swaps)
    Gigantomo F1 (for me not swaps)


    Deweese Streaked - Beefsteak
    Essex Wonder - Medium Red Tom
    Scotland Yellow - Yellow
    Darby Striped - Erm.. Stripy.
    Carotina - Orange Medium
    Cream Sausage - Pale Yellow, Long.
    Rutgers
    - Largish, red, Round.
    Ordinary San Marzano isn't F1 though *confused*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thelma Sanders View Post
    Ordinary San Marzano isn't F1 though *confused*
    No, and a very nice tomato it is, too!

    It may be one of those cases where the old name was registered for a new variety
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    Seasprout,

    Where have you got F1 Hybrid San Marzano from?

    A couple of years ago I had a "debate" with T&M where they had different information on the website to the packet of seeds. (Rosella in this case). They changed their website which had mistakenly identified it as F1 when the packet said it wasn't F1.

    I hope that somebody isn't using San Marzano for something else, its a well established name.

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