- Ananas Noire: 80 days, indeterminate. “A.K.A. Black Pineapple tomato. The name of this Belgian tomato, introduced by Pascal Moreau in 2005, is French for black pineapple. Large, sprawling, regular leaf plant that yields heavy crop of 1 to 1 1/2 lb., round, dark-purple, fruit with green shoulders. Interior color is a tie-dye like mix of pink, red, green yellow colors. Loaded with an abundance of rich and delicious, full-bodied, sweet & smokey flavors with a whollop of acidity. A great new addition to the list of splendid black tomatoes. Try this tomato in a salad with other colors. Makes a delicious rich tomato sauce.” (text courtesy of Tomatofest.com) Talbert evaluation: still under test. Large and very unique flavor but inconsistent yields.
- Big Beef: 73 days, indeterminate. “The best tomato to be developed. Combines old fashioned rich flavor with hybrid qualities of huge size, exceptional yield and full disease resistance. Globe-shaped fruits, smooth and uniform, weigh 9 oz to 1 lb. Adaptable to all climates.” (text courtesy of Tomatogrowers.com) Talbert evaluation: highly recommended. Reliable heavy yields of good-sized tasty tomatoes. We plant 2 every year!
- Black Krim: 75-90 days, indeterminate. “Dark brown-red tomatoes are large 10-12 oz and very richly flavored, sweet with just a hint of saltiness. Prone to cracking but a very heavy producer. “ (text courtesy of Tomatogrowers.com) Talbert evaluation: highly recommended. Best of the black tomatoes, reliable moderate yields of fantastic mid sized tomatoes.
- Black Prince: 70 days, indeterminate. “ Originally from Siberia, this is one of the most popular and favored black tomatoes. These deep garnet round, 2-inch (2-3 oz.) tomatoes are full of juice and incredibly rich fruity flavors. This is a tomato that chefs I deliver to rave about for it’s rich flavors. The small fruits contain deep rich colors on the inside. Perfect for patio gardens. Perfect for eating fresh, and in cooking in tomato sauce or other culinary wonders.” (text courtesy of Tomatofest.com) Talbert evaluation: still under test. Good size, great black-tomato flavor, inconsistent yields.
- Black Zebra: 85 days, indeterminate. A natural and stabilized cross between Green Zebra and a black tomato by Jeff Dawson. Vigorous, indeterminate, regular-leaf tomato plants produce 4 oz., 1 1/2″, juicy, round tomatoes with purple/mahogany-colored skin with green stripes (like brush strokes) with exceptionally rich, complex, really delightful tomato flavors that contain hints of smoke and sweetness. Its flavor also carries the rich complexity associated with the best of black tomatoes. This this is one of our favorites for looks and taste.” (text courtesy of Tomatofest.com) Talbert evaluation: first year under test.
- Brown berry: 72 days, indeterminate. “Vigorous, indeterminate, regular-leaf tomato plants that yield exceptionally large crops of mahogany (brick-red) brown colored, 1-inch, round, open-pollinated cherry tomatoes. The Brown Berry cherry tomato has excellent semi-sweet , rich flavors with just a slight bit of acid finish over it’s fruity sweetness. Very Juicy! A great snacking or salad tomato to mix with your other colored tomatoes.” (text courtesy of Tomatofest.com) Talbert evaluation: first year under test.
- Carolina Gold: 71 days, determinate. “(VFF) Resistant to gray wall, a common problem with many varieties. Extra-large yellow-gold, deep oblate fruits. Vigorous, medium-tall plants should be staked.” (text courtesy of Tomatofest.com). Talbert evaluation: first year under test.
- Chocolate cherry: 70 days, indeterminate. “As irresistible as a chocolate covered cherry, but without all of the guilt. These cherries have both skin and flesh shaded an attractive combination of port wine and chestnut with a comparably delicious and multifaceted flavor. The super productive, indeterminate plants produce trusses of 1 inch round fruit nonstop. We’ve found them enjoyable harvested fully mature, or even picked several days before they’re fully ripe, then allowed to finish indoors.” (text courtesy of Terretorial.com) Talbert evaluation: highly recommended. The best snacking tomato we have found, complex flavor and gorgeous color plus reliable high yields and good split resistance.
- Early goliath: 58 days, indeterminate. “Superb size, perfect shape, continuous production, luscious flavor and broad disease resistance of the marvelous original. The bonus is its exceptional earliness-it extends the growing season at the front end by a full week or more without sacrificing the things we love most about Goliath– extra-large harvests of big, 8 oz. red, sweet fruits that are deep oblate to globe-shaped. A better yielder than other early varieties.” (text courtesy of Totallytomato.com) Talbert evaluation: highly recommended. Reliable early producer, excellent yields, large tomatoes.
- Flamme: 70 days, Indeterminate. (Also referred to as Jaune Flammé) “Extremely prolific French heirloom tomato that bears in clusters of 6, beautiful, 1 1/2-inch, round, golf-ball sized tomatoes that are persimmon-orange colored inside and out. A delicious full-bodied tomato flavor that literally bursts in your mouth. Very decorative. Makes a great flavored sauce.” (text courtesy of Tomatofest.com) Talbert evaluation: recommended. Two seasons of strong yields; heavy producer of long strands of lovely mid-small orange tomatoes with great flavor.
- Galina: 75 days, indeterminate. “Heirloom tomato originally from Siberia. Large, sprawling, regular leaf plants yield copious amounts of golden-yellow, cherry tomatoes about the size of a quarter produced in long, full clusters. The flavor very sweet with a delicious richness and complexity. A fantastic snacking tomato in the garden, and great for brightening up salads or pizza.” (text courtesy of Tomatofest.com) Talbert evaluation: first year under test.
- Green Grape. 65 days, indeterminate. “This old-fashioned tomato is an heirloom originally developed by the Tater Mater Seed Co. from crossing the Yellow Pear with Evergreen. The distinctive, 1â€, yellowish green fruits are borne in clusters of 6-12 that resemble large muscat grapes. Fruit has a translucent pale-green on the inside. This variety has become popular in restaurants and markets because of their unique attractiveness and great flavor.” (text courtesy of Tomatofest.com) Talbert evaluation: first year under test.
- Green Zebra: 78 days, Indeterminate. “This is the most unusual variety you’ll ever grow! Fully ripened fruits are bright green, with stripes of a still lighter green. Round, smallish, 2 to 4 oz. fruits have excellent, tart, “real tomato” flavor and are very unique looking. Plants are vigorous.” (text courtesy of Tomatofest.com) Talbert evaluation: still under test. Very unique and tasty, but inconsistent yields.
- Kellogg’s Breakfast: 80 days, indeterminate. “Lovely, pale-orange fruits are solid and meaty throughout, packed with mild, superb-tasting flesh. A long-season producer of large, beefsteak-type fruits, up to 16 oz., with solid centers that have just a few seeds at the edges. Very desirable!” (text courtesy of Totallytomato.com) Talbert evaluation: still under test. Very tasty; sister loves these and gets consistent yields but ours were not in a test several years ago.
- Prudens Purple: 72 days Indeterminate. “This heirloom tomato is our favorite. It is exceptionally early for a large tomato, outstanding from every aspect. The average fruit weighs 1 pound, is 4 inches across and 3 inches high. There are distinctive ridges like the ribs of a cantaloupe which gird the fruit longitudinally. The color is more of a distinctive pink than a true purple. While there are occasional misshapen tomatoes, it never cracks, yet the skin is not thick. Flesh is firm and meaty and the flavor is wonderful. Remarkably, Pruden’s Purple contain very few seeds.” (text courtesy of Tomatofest.com) Talbert evaluation: recommended. Early and fairly reliable yields of lovely dark red-purple tomatoes.
- Sunny Goliath: 70 days, indeterminate. “A gorgeous yellow-gold variation on our much-sought-after red Goliaths, with big juicy fruits, mild and sweet, with a medium-soft texture and a mouthwatering juiciness when ripe. Large, 7 to 8 oz. fruits can be harvested when they first turn yellow, or left on the vine until they reach a brilliant shade of gold. Vigorous plants continue setting fruits from the bottom up. Ideal for those who don’t like the highly acidic bite of most red tomatoes, and bound to be appreciated by anyone who values eye appeal as much as quality.” (text courtesy of Totallytomato.com) Talbert evaluation: highly recommended. Reliable mid season producer, good yields, large and lovely yellow tomatoes.
- Sun Sugar: 72 days, indeterminate. “The ultimate in cherry tomatoes, this golden yellow beauty achieves a new level of sugar-sweetness and flavor, superb texture, and a tangy “true tomato” taste. Fruits are a lovely golden yellow, weigh 1/2 oz., and possess thin skins – remarkable, considering its wonderful crack resistance, even in heavy rains. Heavy early cropper. Very vigorous – can be grown outdoors or indoors in an unheated greenhouse in cold climates.” (text courtesy of tomatogrowers.com) Talbert evaluation: highly recommended. Reliable, very heavy yields, fantastic sweet flavor. Skins will crack so don’t transport or store well.
- Ultimate Opener: 57 days, indeterminate. “Overcomes all of the typical shortcomings of early-maturing tomatoes. The globe shaped fruits size up better than early girl and the flavor of this bright scarlet tomato is nothing short of marvelous. Strong vigorous indeterminate plants set fruits like mad and are capable of huge yields, ensured by strong disease resistance.” (text courtesy of totallytomato.com) Talbert evaluation: highly recommended. Reliable early producer, good yields, large tomatoes.
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Pots we use to plant our tomato seedlings: 13×12-inch pulp pot. http://www.mcconkeyco.com/product/western-pulp-13-x-12-rnd-pot-wpu1312r-28
We sink the pot in the soil with approx. 3” left above the soil surface to speed soil warming and minimize soil splash which is a key cause of blight disease. We fill the pot with purchased garden soil and add organic fertilizer and compost, and plant 6-12” tall tomato starts in the pot with more than half of the stem buried under the soil.Each pot is then enclosed in a wire-mesh cylinder constructed from 4” mesh bought in rolls (Home Depot!) and cut with wire cutters to the proper circumference (approx. 18” diameter è circumference needs to be ~57”). The ends of the cut wire can then be bent with pliers to hook around the other end to secure the cylinder. We place the cylinder on the ground around the planted tomato and secure it with two long stakes.
As the last step wrap 4-6 mil plastic around the cylinders up to about 4 feet, and touching the soil at the bottom. The plastic is secured to the mesh with twist ties. Here is what the wrapped cylinders look like from the outside:
And here is what the tomato start looks like all tucked into its pot and wrapped up:
We remove the plastic in mid June leaving the cage to support the tomatoes. Usually by this time we have growth up to the top of the plastic, lots of suckers to be thinned out, and the first flowers.