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73.1% would recommend this item to a friend.
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Hardy, robust plants
What are the cons? Very long wait for ripe fruit
These were recommended for our cold climate garden. All the seeds I planted took, and during spring they grew to six robust plants. They were raised inside the first weeks, and then put outside to continue their growth in individual pots (22 litres). This required a continuous monitoring of the water level. We had no hot house, but plently of sun. The plants started blooming early, and continues to bloom even now when the temperature has crept down to 50 degrees fahrenheit, along with the fruits that continue growing. However, the tomatoes resists ripening. Though I counted over 150 fruits altogether in early August, most of them are still unripe (it's the first of October!). Only a few tomatoes will ripen at a time, and never on the same vine. I have been successful in taking the fruits that have begun ripening inside and finishing them there,Though they make a good sauce, they have a tobacco-ish smell and flavour, and lack sweetness. They were not good raw. Smaller variety next year.
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25 out of 25 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Excellent acidity and taste
What are the cons? Large set can be prone to prob
Leaving bad reviews without analysis is not helpful. True, these are tough to grow due to the large and frequent sets of fruits, but you NEED to know your tomato needs first:
Tomatoes (especially indeterminate heirlooms) need:
-A lot of water on a consistent basis, as in DAILY
-Heavy nutrients, especially at the flowering/fruiting stage
-Constant upkeep (sucker plucking)
I live in the north on the edge of zone 3/4. I have had no problem with these except for blossom-end rot (BER) and the fact they can EASILY grow to 10-12 feet. These are paste tomatoes that require regular and consistent watering.Heavy rains followed by dry spells=BER and poor flower retention. I use a fert of heavier PK and ALWAYS supplement with calcium chloride in the water. Ca deficiencies cause BER. These require upkeep as well. Pick suckers constantly and your vines will grow straight and long. You MUST stake these. I prefer 5/8" rebar. Cheap, sturdy and durable for years. Out of space for more!
16 out of 16 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Versatile & keeps producing
What are the cons? Needs a lot of support
Second yer with San Marzano - if weather conditions are poor, the plants fair better than most others. If get blossom end rot (if rains too much) I pick the toms off and will have another harvest before long. Much less prone to splitting or pests pecking/stealing etc than other tomatoes. Makes great passata and salsa and okay sliced on salads.
Even Hubby that normally likes produce to be as big as possible appreciates these and asked me to grow them again next year (no problem!)
20 out of 22 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? prolific, meaty
What are the cons? none
We always grow these for a thick, sweet, delicious sauce that we freeze for winter.
24 out of 25 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Prolific, meaty, good flavor
What are the cons? a tad small
I have grown this variety for two years now and it is my "go to" sauce/salsa tomato. The tomatoes are a little on the small side but there are tons of them and they are very meaty with little gel or seeds. I highly recommend growing them!