Honey, I just answered you in a thread above about your comment that your foliage was blue, and I showed you some Google Images showing not, and now I look at your pictures and the foliage isn't blue for OSU Blue OR OSU Blue P20, and I see your foliage isn't purple tinted either, which is correct for OSU Blue.
Carolyn, the leaves are tinted purple/blue when the sun isn't shining. Today they look very green. A few days ago, they definitely had more of a purple tint.
The weather has increased in temperature quite a bit over the past few days, perhaps that has something to do with the color change, too. It also rained late yesterday afternoon, so perhaps the nitrogen in the air made the leaves turn green.
If the leaves go back to their purple tint, I'll try to get a photo.
Honey, have you looked at the post and Google images I posted in that other thread. If you had I think you would have posted in that thread as well. b'c I tried to explain about blue fruits with regular non purple foliage and the ones that some breeders have showed pictures of and some are growing and have also showed pictures of that DO show purple stems and foliage.
Carolyn, now going to take a nap b'c it's too darn hot and humid here right now. LOL
I planted Oso Blue last year and I agree with you.
Yes the leaves/trunk were a little purple/bluish color.
I gave away the seeds this year ... I was not impressed by this tomato.
I might just not be good with blue tomatoes. Indigo Rose is stunted ! The only one in my garden !
Below pictures of the Oso Blue from last year. It just produced a few fruits.
Even though they are a tomato ,that could have to do with climate specialization. The name indicates those where developed for a specified condition of climate,Probably like some they don't like the hot or cold or soil conditions out of the conditions they were bred for. Kinda new yet as things go over time there will be more variations and adaptations.
I was about to ask what color they are supposed to be when ripe, but I see passiflora_pink has already pointed out that they are orange or red. I have a couple that are soft to the touch, but are in orange color - so I assume they are ripe. I guess I better go pick them!
I'm used to growing tomatoes that turn bright red when ripe!
I got them from Hirt's nursery, through Amazon. They actually shipped 4 seedlings through the mail. I also started blue tomatoes from seed: Bosque Blue--which were not blue at all, and Indigo Rose which were blue with blue stems. Here is a pic of OSU blue, then Bosque "blue", and Indigo Rose which turned out darkest:
passiflora_pink - thanks for sharing your photos. My OSU Blue look the same as yours. I'll try for a photo either later today, or early in the morning. I've found my photos look better if I take them when the fruit is in the shade.
I picked a couple of OSU Blue this morning and ate one. It was quite juicy, but didn't have much of a flavor. I'm hoping some of the larger ones will have a bolder taste.
Honeybee I have noted the OSU blue are cool to look at but not flavorful. I probably wont grow them next year. They are cool to look at though. Same with IR...and the IR are small compared w/ OSU.
Hirt's hasn't disappointed me yet and I've ordered several times (trees & shrubs). This was the first time I bought tomatoes. They were packaged with just crumpled newspaper so I am surprised they made it but I carefully unpacked and hydrated the 4 plants and they did fine. Once they mistakenly sent me a golden shadows dogwood when I had ordered a golden glory smoke bush but they promptly sent me the correct plant with apologies and told me to keep the dogwood. I will use them again.
Once squirrels decide they like something it hard to say what they might do. We have a few red, and now the Black Bavarian squirrel has come from the north.They are pretty but maybe the hotter weather will drive them back north,supposedly they like the cooler climates.
Yeah it is me again about heirlooms ,it seems I am going back to them as it all I ever find I can grow.I have had a few yellow tomatoes and my red ones are still a while off.
The weather service says this is going to continue for years to come,so I have been collecting some tomato seeds that are suppose to do well in the heat and drought."broad ripple yellow cherry","sugar lump red cherry",seem to be good plants but not much production from either so far.
Here's a photo of my one good plant this year, that Ester Hess that tastes like the yellow tomatoes my grandparents use to grow.6ft and growing, I'm hoping for a least a few hundred tomatoes from this one." I know the cage is extreme"...
I almost forgot to add a thank you for the update and review.It is interesting ti know while considering and contemplating.
2 years ago I grew OSU Blues. They grew the best of any other tomato that I grew and we ate loads of them. Both my husband and I really like them. You do have to let them sit out and get ripe to enjoy them, but I think that is true with any tomato, to get their full flavor.
Now, this year, I have only one growing, and so far it is just starting to produce. It is a lot smaller than the ones I grew previously, so we will see what happens. The heat is here and they are all growing fast now and putting on fruit.
The OSU Blue were my last winter crop and produced very well. The blue color is only before they ripen, then they are black, and red where the sun didn't directly hit. The leaves had a slight purplish hue to them.The taste is better when you let them ripen on the counter for a few days after picking. Then the root knot nematodes got to them...
I was giving away some excess produce to a group I belong to, and had written the varietal names on them with a delible (is that a word?) pen. One lady, examining an tomato, asked me how they had gotten them to grow with that "OSU Blue" written on them!
I'm not sure where Hirt's got the seed for the Bosque Blue, but that is not what it looks like. Guess I'd know because I bred it and we raise it for market :) Anyway, if anyone would like to trial this variety or some of the others we've released send me a D-mail and I'll send some seed. Happy holidays to everyone!
sanpedro wrote:I'm not sure where Hirt's got the seed for the Bosque Blue, but that is not what it looks like. Guess I'd know because I bred it and we raise it for market :) Anyway, if anyone would like to trial this variety or some of the others we've released send me a D-mail and I'll send some seed. Happy holidays to everyone!
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I would be ever so grateful to receive a few. But not for free! Look over my list and let me know
if you want to do a trade Lee. :)