: 92 days, average 3" beefsteaks, lemon-yellow when ripe.
The first fruit was considerably smaller, hidden in the foliage... It beat my 7/4 estimate by a few days. I'll make a judgment on flavor and texture later in the season.Edit, 7/4: Dr. Carolyn Cherry
, 65 days, ivory to light yellow.Unknown determinate
: 97 days, average 1.5" round balls, dark orange. I have no idea what this is; I'd call it Jaune Flammé if it weren't a determinate plant.
I got a horribly ugly fruit off of Earl's Faux today, but it had a bad spot; I'll wait for the first unblemished fruit before I calculate DTM.Edit, 7/6: Noir de Crimee
, 99 days, average 2" flattened globes, sort of a muddy red color. I guess this is the "brick red" black, as opposed to the "purple black" varieties I'm used to seeing. The plants still seem pretty unhappy.Edit, 7/9:
harvesting a day or two early, so I'll add a little to the DTMs for:Vorlon
: 103 days, average 3.5" beefsteaks (big this year!), very dark purple with green shoulders.Brandywine OTV
: 103 days, average 3" beefsteaks, light red.Red Brandywine
: 104 days, average 2.5" beefsteak/slicers, rich red. This fruit is about two days early, so it doesn't have the color quite yet, but I'll confirm when it's truly ripe. They're not as flat in shape as usual beefsteaks, but not quite ball-shaped. True to form, they have smooth shoulders.Edit, 7/13: Earl's Faux
: 106 days, average 3" beefsteaks, deep pink. The fruit I pulled off was maybe half that size, but unblemished, and I can see a bunch more blushing now.Edit, 7/14: Mortgage Lifter, Estler strain
: 107 days, average 3" beefsteaks, deep red. This is the older of the two Mortgage Lifters, so we'll see whether Radiator Charlie has a similar DTM in a bit.Edit, 7/16: Yellow Brandywine
: 109 days, average 4" beefsteaks, golden yellow. The older plant seems to have a semi-dwarfed habit, but I think the younger plant may not... time will tell.Edit, 7/21:
I forgot about Dorothy's Green
: 112 days, average 2" beefsteaks with ribbed shoulders, greenish-yellow.
Today, Brandywine, Sudduth strain
: 114 days, average 3.5" beefsteaks, deep pinkish red. The plants are loaded despite the heat waves we had, and they're as vigorous as ever.Edit, 7/22: Little Lucky
: 115 days, 2x3" plums with nipples, yellowish with indistinct red streaking. This is not the right fruit shape for LL, though it is the right coloring... I got the seeds from a trade and lost the person's name, so heaven only knows. I hope they taste good.Stump of the World
: 83 days, average 3.5" beefsteaks, dusty pink. This one has been very lackluster in both growth and fruit set, not at all what I expected. I may save seed and grow it out again to see whether it gets better.Edit, 7/28:
the second Red Brandy came in today at 89 days; several other varieties in the second set are coloring, so the flood is beginning.
I take back what I said about Stump of the World -- it's got more tomatoes on it than I realized, of hefty stature (3.5-4"). I'll check out the flavor.Edit, 7:30:
Indeterminate Abraham Lincoln
(the younger): 75 days, average 2" globes, perfect red. The first one I tried was the blandest tomato I've ever tasted. These are not big enough to be the USDA strain, in fact they're about the size of the ones on the determinate plant; Tatiana's TomatoBase
notes that the non-USDA strains all seem to be semi-determinate, small round reds just like the elder plant. The younger is definitely not determinate, and if anything even less tastewise. I guess these will be canning fodder.Edit, 8/1:
Second plants: Jaune Negib
, a clone of the older plant, 91 days. Brandywine OTV
and Yellow Brandywine
, also 91 days, each from seed.Sara's Galapagos
, 91 days; it had trouble as a seedling, which accounts for its late DTM.Edit, 9/7:
I take back what I said about Dorothy's Green; the second plant seems to be much happier, and it's putting out a reasonable number of 3" normal-shaped beefsteaks. The flavor still isn't as good as Aunt Ruby's German Green, but DG does seem to be a decent variety in its own right. I should check the fertility of the soil the other one is growing in, see whether it's deficient in something.