What are the pros? Vigorous fruit setter
What are the cons? Poor disease resistance
I was very excited to grow Malakhitovaya Shkatulka because I love green-when-ripes. Every seed I planted germinated and the seedlings were the most beautiful, leafy, and vigorous of the 8 varieties I started. I planted 2 of these tomatoes and was impressed by how their vegetative growth and fruitset outpaced even my hybrid cherry and grape varieties.
Unfortunately, in early July while loaded with unripe fruit, both plants succumbed to a wilt (I think fusarium) almost overnight, along with my Paul Robesons. My other heirlooms, even the famously finicky Brandywine, are definitely showing signs of disease, but have survived to bear and ripen fruit.
I can't comment on the tomato's taste (made good pickles, at least), but I would recommend this tomato based on fruitset alone if you have healthy, disease-free soil. In my garden, though, it was a bust. Next year I may try grafting them to a disease-resistant rootstock.
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