Red

Overall Rating:
         
3.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 28

75.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Jeff
Location:
prague, NE, United States
Date:
January 5, 2018
          5.0
 
My Go To Tomato
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Sauce or Salsa

What are the cons? Nothing

Review:

Great tomato flavor and not overly sweet- so easy to use for salsa or a sauce. Low water content so processing time is minimal. Can cut off top and squeeze into food processor after blanched. Perfect size for this. KEEP WELL MULCHED so the moisture level stays even. 1 inch of water per week. I don't prune at all, just initial suckers. Blossom End Rot happens when it's allowed to dry out. The roots can't absorb the calcium that's already there. They shut down until hydrated again, so you'll have BER until then. Big root systems help, so a contained system would be a challenge for it. Since they're for canning, I don't rush them. I have a few early varieties for that purpose. Again, keep well mulched and grow a massive root system to support heavy production. Most soils have plenty of calcium already...they just need to be hydrated to absorb it.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Nancy
Location:
Raymond, NH, United States
Date:
December 8, 2017
          3.0
 
Slow to reach maturity
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Good fruit

What are the cons? Slow to maturity here in NH

Review:

This was my first time growing these. The plant was hearty and robust and seemed to resist blight which is a problem in my garden. It had plenty of fruit, but they were sooooo slow to ripen. They seemed susceptible to blossom end rot as it was my only tomato plant to develop this problem. The fruits I did get were very nice and were meaty and beautiful. This is probably better suited to more southern climates than mine. I would have to say that it was a fun experiment to grow, but because of my short growing season, I will pass on these guys in the future. If I lived in the south, they would probably be a regular in my garden.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Kalroten
Location:
Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Date:
October 1, 2017
          3.0
 
Late harvest
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 1.5
 

What are the pros? Hardy, robust plants

What are the cons? Very long wait for ripe fruit

Review:

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.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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34 out of 34 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
jimjimmiejames
Location:
HUDSON, WI, United States
Date:
March 10, 2017
          5.0
 
Know how to grow before bad re
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 3.5
 

What are the pros? Excellent acidity and taste

What are the cons? Large set can be prone to prob

Review:

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) -sturdy support 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!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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18 out of 18 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
MsChris
Location:
Oklahoma City, OK, United States
Date:
October 23, 2016
          5.0
 
Best all round
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Versatile & keeps producing

What are the cons? Needs a lot of support

Review:

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!)

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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