My Rutgers are so tall!

catherinet(5 IN)August 30, 2012

Even with this drought all summer (although I did water them alot), my Rutger tomatoe plants are now about 7' tall! I've never in all my years of growing them, have ever had them that tall. They are in concrete reinforcing wire cages.

I wonder why they grew so tall? And they are extremely full too. I'm not complaining though!

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

There are several sub-species of Rutgers, some determinate, some indeterminate, some "improved", etc. so maybe you just got a different sub-group.

Dave

    Bookmark   August 30, 2012 at 9:24PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Does that mean they aren't standards now, but rather hybrids?

    Bookmark   August 31, 2012 at 7:54AM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

Lucky you. Mine never grow that tall. I've been trying for 3 years. For a plant that is supposed to be easy to grow, and an old tyme NE tomato, I always seem to have an issue with it. Love the taste though, which is why I keep trying.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2012 at 10:19AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Does that mean they aren't standards now, but rather hybrids?

Not at all. Why would it? Look at all the different Roma's out there. In addition to Rutgers there are sub-species, stabilized selections, of many different stabilized varieties. There are also many different sub-species of classic OP's including Brandywine which has 8 or more sub-species.

Dave

    Bookmark   August 31, 2012 at 10:47AM
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