Tomato comparison

bigpinksMay 22, 2012

I have about twelve different heirloom tomatoes and about 36 altogether that I started from seed. I have 75 total and the others came from nurseries and from my neigbor. Most impressive plants so far are Indian Stripe and KBX with NAR a close third. All are in my clay soil garden and are doing well but those three varieties are six inches or so taller than the rest and seem robust. I also have C Purple, B Krim, Chapman, Estler ML, Hillbilly, Pineapple, Bearclaw, Black Pineapple and Mexico. Really eager to see what do. I have Porterhouse, Goliath and three diff Burpee hybrids as well. Will be my first yr with 5 diff color fruits. 90 degree days predicted soon and rain is scarce so I might have to get out the water hose but I hope not. What do think of municipal water on tomatoes?

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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

Hi, Bigpinks! I have a huge Mortgage Lifter Estler thanks to your advice. I only have seven tomatoes, one each of different heirlooms, and it is the first to have a brace of big flowers. My others are Omar's Lebanese, Kosovo, Earl's Faux, Cherokee Purple, Goose Creek and Rostova. Oddly Omar's Lebanese is the smallest, but it has the most leaves.

I use water from my small village water system, which is very hard and chlorinated. I don't see any problems with it once the plants are outside. But I have nothing to compare it to.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 11:13PM
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Thanks. You will love your EML. I have always used some city water on tomatoes and many places that sell veggie plants do also. I hate to use it in the garden for half runner beans tho as it will only keep them going for a short while. Good luck with your tomato plants.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 7:41AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Half a lifetime ago, I grew tomatoes for 8 years in the Chicago suburbs. Municipal water. No problems.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 1:18PM
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ediej1209(5 N Central OH)

Bigpinks, where did you get your EML from? Was it - oh shucks, I forget the nursery's name - the one in Huntington that's been carrying them forever? If so, the reason yours might not be doing as well this year, Aunt Mary Lou Estler told me that after she took the little seedlings to them they didn't pot them up into the bigger containers for several weeks. She is VERY upset with them.

Oh, but, get this: she told me she was poking aroung the basement a few weeks ago and ran across some Mortgage Lifter seeds marked 1964. She thought, "Oh what the heck" and tossed a bunch of them in seed starter. Guess what? 2 of them came up!!!! We can't wait to see how the tomatoes from those plants compare to the tomatoes off the others.

Happy gardening!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 5:50PM
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