My seeds from Heritage Tomato seeds came today. I did order AMAZON CHOCOLATE but mostly I ordered varieties from The New Dwarf Projects. Originally I had planned to order four of the ones prior relesed that they showed on the Heritage Website, DWARF MR SNOW, SUMMERTIME GOLD, ROSELLA PURPLE and TASMANIAN CHOCOLATE. Well, I did order them but when I went to look the site was updated with more New Dwarf Project varieties, newer ones I guess. So I just just could NOT resist also ordering PERTH PRIDE. Well, much to my happy surprise when the seeds arived today I also have IDITAROD RED which is marked as a free gift. I am really impressed, I have not gotten extra gift seeds from any of the other places that I ordered tomato seeds.
So comments on any of these that I will be growing next spring welcome. Not that I know that much about the dwarf varieties in general but know hardly anything about those two new releases. I do know the basic history of The New Dwarf Project as I have read it on their website. And I think this entire project and The New Dwarf varieties is a fantastic thing. I can't wait to do my own garden taste tests.
I have never grown a yellow tomato before which is why I choose to go with those two yellow varieties. They both sounded good, I couldn't chooze between them so decided the best way was to actually try out both for myself. And this year I have a plant of CHEROKEE PURPLE in my garden and since I have read that ROSELLA PURPLE is a smaller version, I will be having ROSELLA PURPLE and not CHEROKEE PURPLE next year.
rita, I'm with you- I am so ready for next year! About Dwarfs- I grew New Big Dwarf last year and it was the best of all my tomatoes- but this year, after poor germination, I only had one plant, and it was very disappointing. So we just have to keep trying and hope for the best. I wlll definitely grow it next year again.
I'll be trying Tasmanian Chocolate and Iditatrod (not sure if that's the right spelling). Who know, I might order more of the dwarfs although I have so many other varieties I'm going to have my hands full. I think I have another dwarf as well. Really can't wait to get started!
I don't have enough room to grow out any of the non stable varieties. Would much rather wait and deal with the ones that are released already. I am sure that in future years there will be lots more to come.
I think you will enjoy them. I have previously grown Tasmanian Chocolate, Rosella Purple, Dwarf Beryl Beauty and New Big Dwarf and think they are outstanding. I am so happy that container gardener and small space gardeners have such wonderful full size tomatoes to grow now. This was my first summer for growing Summertime Gold and think it is a great addition. That plant was so loaded with tomatoes the branches started breaking. The flavor was great also. I will have to look through the forums on the various lines undergoing stabilization, because I don't think I've seen an orange variety. I would like to add one of these to my collection.
Craig LeHoullier, the North Amercican coodinator of the project sent me the following plants the year before they were released so I could check for stability so at that time I grew;
... and I can't think of the 5th one now, would have to access mt data book, and I loved every one of them, especially the first two. But since my mission since I fell and landed up in this walker forever, is to grow varieties new to all or most I haven't had the room to grow many dwarfs.
But this year Craig sent up some extra plants for Laura, the Inn Keeper where I had housed Craig and his wife Sue, when they hand delivered my plants to me last year. But Laura had no room so I was able to get adoption papers for Galina's Yellow, which I'd grown years ago, and another two, but kept Iditirod and Dwarf Beryl Beauty, but in a horrible season got nothing off of them which was true for all of my 40 plants except four.
It's a good thing that Craig and I have been best friends for about 23 years now, b/c I know if I ask for seeds of this one or that one, he'll just send them to me.
Carolyn, I can't even immagine all the knowledge you have about tomato varieties and tomarto breeding. Plus you are always willing to answer questions and help out newcommers. I know it must get tiring to answer questions that get asked over and over again, but you are always here with some helpful advice or tomato lore history. You know I don't always take your advice but I do thank you for your time and efforts and for careing enough to be here. I figgure you must have A LOT of patience as well as a good heart! :-))
Personally, no expert here, but I think this Dwarf Tomato Project is the best thing to come along since apple pie and ice cream. Wonderful new varieties comming out with no end in sight so I figgure there should be something to suit everyones needs in this project.