Best of the Brandywines

Coconut_Head(5b)August 16, 2013

I have not grown any Brandywines before but will be ordering some seed this fall/winter to grow a couple next season. There seem to be more and more "strains" of brandywine each year, so if you only had 1 to grow, which would it be?

CH

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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

Brandywine ( Sudduth/Quisenberry)

I don 't consider any of the Brandywines to have the greatest taste around, although I used to many years ago.

And my above comments are separate from the two other heirloom ones of Red Brandywine and Yellow Brandywine.

As your question is posed, folks could answer any variety that has brandywine as part of the name or was part of crosses that led to many other varieties.

So I'm sticking just to the original Bradywine ( Sudduth/Quisenberry one.

Carolyn

Here is a link that might be useful: Brandywine ( Sudduth/Quisenberry)

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 5:44PM
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fireduck(10a)

Carolyn and others have discussed this recently on the other website. I would take her advice. Ed of Somis

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 7:53PM
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labradors_gw

Rats!

I've just ordered Brandywine Cowlicks that some have been raving about.

Linda

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 8:15PM
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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

Linda, go ahead and grow the Cowlicks.

The only way you'll know which Brandywines you like, though, is to grow several different ones in the same season, and more than one plant of each, to eliminate all the variables.

Carolyn

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 9:50PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

I really like the Suddeth/Quisenberry.....can't get it off my grow list. There are some huge one's on my plant turning pink right now.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 9:54PM
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sharonrossy

I'm growing BW Sudduth and I've also have a couple of huge ones ripening. Still not sure if I'm going to be a fan, cause I tried BW a few years ago and was never crazy about it. JMHO...

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 8:05AM
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John11840(z6/CT)

Just another suggestion if you plant several to compare. Try Brandyboy. Yes - it's a hybrid, but great tasting and disease resistant.
John A

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 11:40AM
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labradors_gw

I grew both the pink and red Brandywine years ago and LOVED the taste. The pink BW performed better for me than the red, but my problem was that they were late to produce fruit and that by the time those big 'maters were ripe they were also rotting. Sadly, I decided not to grow them again for many years.

I have since learned that it is possible to pick tomatoes before they are fully ripe, so I think that this might help a lot with my rotting problem.

John, thanks for the suggestion of Brandy Boy. I've heard great things about it, and being disease-resistant is certainly an asset!

So many tomatoes, so little space to grow them all!

Linda

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 12:47PM
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sharonrossy

I'm putting brandy boy on my list for next year as well. Just starting to eat BW Sudduth. Only had one, so so good, but I wouldn't necessarily grow it again.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 9:38PM
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foose4string(z7 MD)

I heartily recommend BrandyBoy. Not quite as strong tasting as a Brandywine, but close enough to make the switch. Much more vigor, disease resistance, and production....traits you would expect from a hybrid. I picked these BrandyBoys yesterday and have plenty more coming.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 11:43AM
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Coconut_Head(5b)

Looks like I'll have to make room for Sudduth and Brandy Boy!

"Hunny, I'm running to the lumber yard for some wood for a few new raised beds!"

CH

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 11:45AM
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Marshallkey

Kelloggs Breakfast - Great Tasting Big Tomatoes !

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 6:59AM
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monet_g

I have to vote for Brandy Boy, too. The only "problem" is that you have to get seed directly from Burpee. They're expensive ($5.25 for 30 seeds) plus you have to pay shipping. The BB seeds are the only thing Burpee offers that I'm interested in, so, potentially, I could be paying more than $10. for a packet of seeds.

On occasion, generally later in the season, about now, Burpee offers free shipping and that's when I do my ordering.

This post was edited by monet_g on Wed, Aug 21, 13 at 12:37

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 10:05AM
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John11840(z6/CT)

Monet is correct. Burpee's S&H charge is a rip- off.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 12:03PM
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sheltieche

I also absolutely loved Nicholaevna pink which Iôve grown first time this year. Outstanding old fashioned taste, large fruits, I like it better than Brandywine Sudduth as it seems more balanced in sweetness and acidity although they are close

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 12:24PM
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monet_g

Just saw that Burpee is offering free shipping if you sign up for their newsletter. (Shipping is $6.95 for one pack of seeds.)

This post was edited by monet_g on Wed, Aug 21, 13 at 12:35

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 12:30PM
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hudson___wy(3)

Brandy Boy has our vote!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 1:43AM
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John11840(z6/CT)

Hudson - How did you get such nice looking BB's this early in Zone 3? Do you have a greenhouse?
John A

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 9:11AM
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hudson___wy(3)

Hi John A - Yes, they are GH grown. Tomatoes need protection to grow in Wyoming - at our elevation! This is the first year planting Brandy Boy (for us). We love the plant - lots of tomatoes - vigorous plant - all the things they say about it were true for us!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2013 at 12:05AM
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