Like I said in my first post all seeds were sown the same day on 9 August 2014 without heat, all seedlings were transplanted into the vegetable garden about 7 weeks later when the majority were 15 to 20 cm tall (they were all planted out on the same day, some were larger than others). I have included the date the first fruit ripened after the variety name. They are listed in order that their first fruit ripened.
I had one bed of tomatoes that did not go too well, the drippers I put in got clogged a little and I did not notice for a while. There are also a lot of tree roots in this bed which may have robbed the tomatoes of nutrients and water. I lost a few plants in this bed and came close to losing all of the others. All of the plants in this bed fruited later than the rest, I think it was the bed itself that caused this.
|Not quite round tomatoes|
|This fruit is boxy but good|
|I didn't take a picture of the JBT cross?|
|Did not save seeds from this one|
|OSU Blue starting to get colour|
OSU Blue (12/03/2015) amazing deep colour like no other tomato before it. Black/violet/blue on top of red. The colours intensify when the temperatures are low but the UV light remains high. Parts of the fruit that do not receive light stay red so words/logos etc can be on the fruit by placing a sticker of that shape on the unripe tomato and removing the sticker when the fruit is ripe. You can even spell out your child's name using one letter per tomato. In cooler temperatures even the leaves and stems take on a slight purple tinge. This plant has regular leaf and is indeterminate.
|White Wonder - the whitest tomato I have ever grown|
|Grub's Mystery Green|
A few others I have may never ripen, they were in the dodgy bed and loaded with fruit. The ducks got in a few times and stole most of it but there was still enough left that I thought could ripen. Last night something got in and ate all but one tomato, that tomato is in an exclusion bag. The plants look almost dead, I think it may be time to call this year's tomatoes finished. That one tomato may still ripen, and I do have some very late planted micro tomatoes which are in pots currently flowering that may fruit, but I think I can write other posts for them if need be.
Where to get heirloom tomato seeds
Some of these varieties are rather common, others are pretty rare. There are a few good heirloom seed companies around as well as some dodgy ones. Ironically one of the largest and well known heirloom seed companies is also probably the worst. I may sell some of these seeds, if you are interested please look on my For Sale page. I am working hard to develop a few new varieties that are not listed here, it will take me a few years to stabilise them properly. If I ever develop anything great I will also try to list it on my for sale page or I may even start a proper website or get a store or something by then.