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Every one has shared which tomatoes worked out well for them this past year.
So what were the disappointments. Which variety did you try after hearing what a revalation it was for someone else, only to find it didn't grow well in your area or really didn't taste all that good to you? Was good but only produced the bare minimum to really be called a tomato plant?
I'll share mine: Pruden's Purple. Yes, I know. Great taste! But I grew it in 2011 and the drought took it out without any production at all despite daily watering and some shade cloth. And this year, 2012, I got two plants to grow well and got two tomatoes out of the deal before the high temps of summer set in. Then nothing. Managed to get the plants themselves through to September and cooler temps only to have the whole plants just dwindle and die off with no further production. I have other indies that did very well for me this year, so I might not give the space to Pruden's this next year. =( It must be a great tomato as everyone raves about it and I did like the two I managed to get this past year, but it must not like NE Texas, or the soil, or something about my gardening in general...
So come on, you all. Fess up. What were your duds?
My biggest disappointment was New Big Dwarf, since it performed so well last year. First off, germination was poor, then of the 3 plants I ended with I had maybe 3 tomatoes, so I'm not sure if I will plant them again. None of my varieties did as well this year, so hopefully it was just the crazy weather.
All of my yellow/gold tomatoes were a bust this year. I don't have the list at hand, but if I hadn't planted Indian Stripe and a several types of red hybrids I wouldn't have had tomatoes at all. I'll find the list somewhere, just so I know not what to plant again next year!
Japanese Trifele Yellow, I'd much rather eat a tomato from McDonalds(or any other fast food place).
Made me mad how productive(hundreds per plant) and neat looking JTY was...because it had zero taste. I'd rather have an off, weird tasting tomato than one that is beyond bland. Water has more flavor. I just pitched them at the fence in the corner of the yard. The volunteers will definitely be weed whacked into oblivion(or a drink of round up). That's one tomato that should be taken off the market.
I didn't really have any bummers this year, except JTY, the worst tomato I've ever grown.
Received seeds from a seed offer for Brandywine from Croatia. Prettiest darn plant with gorgeous large but not very tasty tomatoes. Actually, oddly enough, Sungold was pretty useless this summer with our extremely warm temperatures. It was unproductive and extremely tough skinned. Gregori's Altai was bland tasting. Micheal Pollan, a green and yellow striped pear shaped cherry just didn't do anything for me. Trentons Tiger was pretty but very dry with not so much flavor. And I can't say I will invite back Pink or Red Boar, which I had high hopes for because I love Blonde Boar so much. And my notes say Dr Lyle isn't coming back either, being rated as only a 4 for flavor. Medovaya Kapla was supposed to be the greatest yellow pear tomato but you can tell by me. Blah. And my final entry is Violet Jasper. Again, it was such a pretty and productive tomato but most of them rotted, because I didn't care to eat them.
I am wondering if we are being unfair to the disappointments- possibly the blame lies with our crazy weather? There were so many reports that it makes me think the plants themselves were not the culprit. I guess that's what keeps us coming back year after year- the challenge of it all!
Most of my efforts with the vegie garden were rather disapointing this season,, reserving judgement. If I had to choose one that bothered me more than any other I would say Dr.wych's yellow,I got a humongous plant and not one, GRRRR tomato ,wow is that aggravating!!!!
This year the weather was really unusual in most of the country, I think that had a lot to do with it. I thought the Yellow Pear was fail safe. Lol
My failures were Aunt Ruby's German Green, and Box Car Willie. The plants are fine but they never bloomed, and while the others started blooming again when the weather cooled, these never did. I've never tried these 2 before but I've never been able to get Mule Team (Box Car Willie's cousin) to produce either. Might try them again. I really want to taste them.