What are the pros? Good taste, sets fruit in heat
What are the cons? fairly small tomato
I'm growing more of the tomatoes from Iraq each year. I only planted 4 Abu Rawan this year, but also planted Basrawya, Rouge D'Irak and Al-Kuffa. Our summers are usually hot, but this year the heat set in long before it usually does. Our night temperatures have been high and the heat index during the day is well over 100 degrees for quite awhile now. This sort of heat doesn't usually set in this early.
I usually start a lot of different varieties and many of them set tomatoes before the heat wave set in.
Now most of the other varieties are dropping their blossoms without setting fruit.
I'll always grow some of my favorites each year, but plan to dedicate most of the space to the Iraqi varieties that are able to set fruit at higher temperatures than most of the others.
When it gets too hot for too long, only my Asian Traveler and Iraq varieties still set fruit. I don't normally grow a lot of cherry tomatoes which handle heat better than larger tomatoes.
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