Brandywine tomato question ?

wild_by_nature(z5a/b ne.PA)April 12, 2005

Hi everyone,
All of the var.of tomatoes that I've started from seed are doing well and have 2-3 set of leaves w/ the exception of my Brandywines. The germ.rate was around 30%, and out of those not one looks like it will ammount to anything. So my question is, does anyone know where I might be able to purchase a few heirloom
brandywine plants (greenhouse,nursery,plantstand) in
Luzerne county. In a radius of W-B,Hazleton,Berwick,
Wyoming valley.
My best looking upstarts are 'delicious','yel pear'
'super marmande'and 'jubilee'.
I would appreciate any ideas, wbn

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janepa(Z5-6 PA)

If there are any Amish garden centers in your area they will probably have them. I think I even saw them at Wal-Mart last year (as plants). I got seeds to plant also of the pink and the red. I better get a move on. We still get frost here in late May so I still have time.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2005 at 11:46PM
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JessePa(z5 pa)

I am surprised by your poor germination rates with Brandywine tomatoes. That is one of my main varieties (for the FLAVOR ! )I would try a different seed supplier. Also I have direct seeded Brandywines and have had good results,so you still have time. My last average frost date is the middle of may. Good luck

    Bookmark   April 14, 2005 at 8:52AM
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wild_by_nature(z5a/b ne.PA)

Jane,I wish we did have an Amish or
M'Nite plant/veggie stand around this
part of NEPA. They have some great places in the southern tier.

And yes Jesse,If I did restart the
seed it's amazing how quickly the new
seedlings can play catch-up. When I opened the B'wine seed pkt. I noticed
that the seed was kinda grey and shriveled, not the nice,tan plump,fuzzy seed that you can almost
see its viability. So I had an inklng
that the results might not be all that great. But you never know, I've had
some of my dismal looking plants turn out to
do okay.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2005 at 1:04PM
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I've seen BW plants at all sorts of places, including discount stores. Now, whether or not they are what they are supposed to be, who knows? I believe the Sudduth strain of the BW is alleged to be the one and only true Brandywine.

For my money, BWs are okay. Not great, not spectacular, just okay. I grew them for several years and they didn't exactly blow my hair back. The big negative with BWs, and other heirlooms, is that they're totally unpredictable. They take a long time to bear fruit and I've had BW plants that managed to yield maybe two or three tomatoes. As always, just my opinion. Cheers!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2005 at 6:57PM
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