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I see Neil Lockhart has been holding out on me b'c we exchange seeds every year and I LOVE hearts and haven't grown this one yet and it was Neil who even named it. All to say I know there are many other hearts I haven't grown as well although I've grown many of them.
I guess I'll have to ask Neil to send me the seeds and he's one of three folks doing seed production for me this year. Better them b'c my plants here are a disaster and I can't save seed myself b'c one needs two hands and those two hands have to stay on the walker handles. ( wink)
Note that Adam Gleckler is offering this variety at his site, Gleckler Seedmen.
Paul, what was your source, one of the several SSE members listing it or Neil himself from his SSE listing or Adam Gleckler or perhaps someone who got seeds from one of those sources? Right now I can't remember if you're an SSE member or not, although I should know. Sigh. I just checked my 2012 SSE YEarbook and if an SSE member I do know you aren't a listed member.
Now back to tennis from CA, working up to the Olympics watching and making sure I have enough dark bittersweet chocolate and nuts for the duration of the Olympics. I am BAD. LOL
"Said to mature in 85 days, with the high temperatures harvested 2 so far 66 days after transplanting"
paulgrow - That's a good looking tomato, and BIG. Also, what you said made me realize that I've been kinda dumb about something, which happens often.
Some of the F3 generation of my crossed tomatoes suddenly went from 85+ day LATE tomatoes to 65 day EARLY tomatoes this year. I made posts about mutations and genetic combinations and got downright happy about that. Now I'm thinking that day after day, week after week, of record-breaking high temps in the high 90's and low 100's just MIGHT have something to do with that change. Ah, well.
Paul, I'm a couple of posts behind b'c I'm having trouble posting here again.
Neil is from Oblong, IL and does interact with the Amiah Community there and helps them with transport back and forth to work when it's too far for them to bicycle, which is about 10 miles, and same if they have to use a buggy.
Perhaps your mother even knew the Lockhart family b'c they've been there for a long time as I remember Neil once saying.
Thanks for the seed offer but Neil and I exchange seeds each year and for 2013 I think I'll just ask him to add this one to the others.He's been doing seed production for me this year again, along with Shoe and Lee in NC and I got an e-mail from him last night and the drought conditions there are horrible. He bought several hundred feet of hose and has been trying to water his tomato plants but has to stop every now and then to let the well fill up and the corn and soybean crops are a disaster. At this point he thinks his tomatoes might not make it, which means seeds for some of my varieties as well/
"for the most part the fruits are smaller than they normally would be"
Yes, and the skins are tough. We've had NO rain for weeks now in the Ozarks. I'm afraid the big oak and hickory trees on our place are going to start dying, as our pastures pretty much have. I water my garden with soaker hoses every day, but only the okra and peppers are doing well in this heat. We have 100 degrees again today, but TOMORROW is predicted to be 98 degrees with a 50% chance of thunderstorms, with 100 degrees and sunny again every day for a week afterward.
We're really HOPING one of those thunderstorms will come by tomorrow!
The heat works wonders IF you already have fruit set. if the heat sticks around you may have to wait awhile to get more fruit set. Rain mixed with hot temps can be a whole other issue. The temps you have been experiencing are terrible.
More rain - and expected to continue through the week. THere is cracking on sooooo many of the tomatoes, and it is allowing rot to set in very quickly. I'm even getting cracking on the barely blushing fruit, which is causing the skins to get really rough. But you are right Caroly, at least I amgetting tasters, so I should refrain from complaining!
I will say I have one complete winner out there. Both plants of the Haley's Purple Comet are putting out nice nice, uniform fruits, with excellent color and flavor. It is definitely a keeper!