What are the pros? prolific, meaty, beautiful
What are the cons? 10% lost to blossom end rot
This is the first year I've grown this tomato in my zone 9b garden. The plant is very prolific; right now both of mine have at least 15 tomatoes on them, with at least that many already ripened and picked. About 10% have had blossom end rot, which is typical in my garden. The tomato itself is quite beautiful. It slips its skin very easily and keeps its color after canning, which is a bright pink-red inside. Hardly any seeds and pulp. No splitting. Tastes great too. This is going to become one of my go-to paste tomatoes, along with Opalka and Amish. As for weather conditions, June here is always colder than expected, and then July/August/September super hot (above 90 most days) with cool nights (60 ish most of the summer). Heat will last through October, so I expect plenty more of these tomatoes. Water is always an issue - we have none in the summer months - so they are watered with irrigation, but never enough. Despite these conditions the plants have done wonderfully. A winner for me.
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