Best Fall Tomato Variety? DFW area

thegravytrainJune 20, 2012

I am looking to plant fall tomatoes, and would like something that is #1 tasty, and #2 resilient.

For cherry tomatoes, it looks like Super Sweet 100 is a good choice.

For medium/large, it looks like Better Boy, Super Fantastic, Valley Girl, and maybe Green Zebra (novelty?).

Any other tasty choices out there for this area that people swear by?

Thanks in advance!

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ogrose_tx

I don't have the slightest, but look forward to hearing ideas also!

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 5:20PM
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tx_ag_95(7/8 Lewisville)

I've had decent luck with the Sweet 100's (however they're named) before when I wasn't taking care of them and they're doing VERY well for me right now with extra care. I'm assuming/planning that they'll continue doing this well until the cold kills them.

I haven't had any luck with any luck with any other varieties, especially not larger ones.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 8:02PM
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DFW_Gardener(7b)

I've been having very good success with super sweet 100s.

I cannot recommend red beefsteaks.

Here is a link that might be useful: My tomato videos

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 8:03PM
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thegravytrain

Thanks! Anyone have good experience with medium/large varieties?

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 3:18PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

One year I had good luck with Pink Caspians.They had a great crop and the freeze happened and they still were covered with tomatoes. They kept ripening inside till February when I ate my last tomato. I should buy some seed and get some started. TOMORROW!!!!!!

Another great Russian tomato. Their historical breeding program is so different than ours. Amazing tomatoes. I am still discovering more and more of them.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 10:17PM
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ogrose_tx

I guess right now is the right time to plant the seeds of Caspians, if I'm understanding, right? Plant the seeds, or plants?

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 10:52PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Seeds. I have always heard that one plants seeds on July 4th. I am in Austin area.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 8:00AM
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scotty66(8 Hutto TX)

I'm basing my fall garden on this springs success/failures.

I really like the "husky cherry red" for cherry tomatoes... tremendous flavor (very sweet) and steady producer.

Even though my celebrity tomatoes had bad leaf curl and didn't look pretty, the production was through the roof. I definitely won't plant as many.

Last year I put transplants (grape tomatoes) in the ground at the start of august and I didn't think they were going to survive the heat (they did, barely). This year I may keep them in containers so I can have them in a more shaded location. I will put them in ground around late august.

First freeze in Austin is usually early December I believe.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 3:35PM
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ogrose_tx

Just ordered Caspian Pink and Super 100 seeds, planting around July 4 ought to be interesting, and I'll sure try! Got to say I've never had any luck with tomatoes before this year, and while not spectacular, am getting fresh tomatoes to eat, and loving it! This has piqued my interest in planting more veggies, who knows, maybe I'll have a garden one of these days!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 4:09PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I would start the tomatoes in the shade in pots and move out later.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 1:21AM
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weldontx(z 8a TX)

Has anyone ordered from Tomato Growers Supply? I got tomato and pepper seed from them 2 yrs ago. The seeds do well, but I've not had luck with a lot of the plants....my fault, me thinks. I'd like to try Paul Robeson and Anna Russian. Does anyone have information about either of these?
Here's the web address: http://www.tomatogrowers.com

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 10:07PM
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sfmathews(7B/8A)

Hi Weldon,
I grew PR a few years back. Nice producer of 8-12 oz tasty blackish fruit for me. Plant didn't get huge, like some heirlooms can. I carried mine over from the spring into the fall.
I've included a link that might be helpful:

Here is a link that might be useful: Paul Robeson

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 12:29PM
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sfmathews(7B/8A)

Weldon, here is the link to Anna Russian. I haven't grown this one.
Susan

Here is a link that might be useful: Anna Russian

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 12:31PM
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DFW_Gardener(7b)

I'm going to try to nurse my plants over to the fall, now that the real heat has come:

super sweet 100s
beefsteak heirlooms

I will not be planting the beefsteak again, the Caspian Pink sounds interesting, anyone know about Ozark Pink VF?

Here is a link that might be useful: DFW Gardener

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 2:04PM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

I did that last year and despite considerable limb damage from the late June hail storm, I had a great fall crop of tomatoes and lots of green ones to pick and store. We had tomatoes until February.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 3:53PM
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ogrose_tx

Wantonamara, when you you plant them out?
Thanks!
ogrose

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 4:57PM
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weldontx(z 8a TX)

thanks for the Paul and Anna links ( I've got to learn how to do that!). I noticed with both that Baker Creek Heirloom carries the seeds. I've ordered from them before and like what I got from them.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 6:35PM
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Lin barkingdogwoods

I think planting seeds out July 4th in DFW may be kind of late - on the Neil Sperry calendar, he says to start them from seeds or cuttings in early June, so that transplants are ready to set out by the end of June.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 9:09AM
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sfmathews(7B/8A)

Yes, my understanding is transplants need to be in no later than first week of July for DFW? So yes, deadline not far off. I put in new tranplants last week. Gonna try to nurse others through summer.
Susan

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 2:42PM
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sfmathews(7B/8A)

Weldon, check your email if you are signed up for Baker Creek. I just got an email of 15% off your order this week.
It doesn't look like an individual code, but rather a general one. Put it in before check out. Use 15OFF2012.

Here is a link that might be useful: Baker Creek Fall Gardening

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 2:52PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

THANK YOU!!!!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 5:52PM
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weldontx(z 8a TX)

sf: THANKS for the discount. I had not rec'd an e-mail, but it worked and my seeds are ordered. HOPE I can get them in time to get production before winter. I'll at least have seeds for next spring.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 5:27PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I am off to buy my transplant tomorrow.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 12:41AM
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