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Tomato "breeding" gone right

Discussion in 'Gardening On Your Homestead' started by crealbilly, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. Aug 10, 2017
    crealbilly

    crealbilly Almost Self-Reliant

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    Results of 3nd generation 5th Year Beefsteak.

    Big 4lb 1oz 21 3/4 inch circumference juicy delicious Beefsteak :)

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    Swede

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    Ooh! I like the flavor of a tomato more than the juice though.. that's why I'm not a big fan of beef tomatoes.

    Looks good though! That face :lol:
     
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    Swede

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    Beef tomato MAKES BABY EVIL!!!
     
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  4. Aug 17, 2017
    crealbilly

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    No she was just mad because Mom & Dad said it was time to go home - she wanted to stay with paw paw :) she had a big day being outside playing and helping paw paw in the garden and with the animals and stuff.
     
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    Swede

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    Oh lol
     
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    Hinotori

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    That's a big tomato.

    I just wish my little romas would at least start to turn color. Time to wheel them into the greenhouse.
     
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    Goodness, that thing is massive!
     
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    crealbilly

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    I'll share with you all how I created this new third generation (5 year) Tomato cross.

    The first year 2013 I had a planted 22 Delicious Tomato seedlings in a 50' row. I had 1 of the plants constantly produce good sized tomatoes and it popped out this 3lb 4oz tomato which up until that time was the biggest I ever grew.
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    I seeded that 3lb 4oz Delicious Tomato and sowed it's seeds to transplant in the garden in 2014. Only 2 of the 22 or so plants really did anything worth talking about. One of the plants was prolific and set a bunch of smaller tomatoes the other plant was also prolific and set much larger tomatoes. I decided I would cross 3 flowers of the prolific big tomato plant with 3 flowers of Oroma tomato. 2 of the crossed flowers produced tomatoes which I seeded and sowed in the spring of 2015.

    Out of the two Delicious and Oroma crossed tomatos I sowed one 50' row from each of the seeds from the two crossed tomatoes. One row produced some really funky tomatoes that looked like this.
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    I still have the seeds from the tomato pictured but I abandoned that line and have not sowed them yet.

    The other row however produced normal shaped delicious tomatoes with a meater flesh.

    I took a flower from the plant that was setting the largest tomatoes and crossed 2 of the flowers with a beefsteak plant that was also setting the biggest tomato in that 50' beefsteak row. 1 of the 2 flowers I crossed set a Tomato. That I seeded and set transplants out in the garden the spring of 2016. My garden flooded twice in 2016 and basically killed all my seedlings so 2016 was a bust. But lucky for me I had enough seeds from the delicious/oroma/beefsteak cross left over to sow for 2017. And that's what produced this 4lb 1oz meaty tomato. All of the plants in this 50' row constantly.produce large tomatoes inbetween 1 ~ 2 lbs range.

    I've seeded the 2017 4lb 1oz delicious/oroma/beefsteak tomato to sow for 2018. I'll keep refining this line but I decided to sell some bare root transplants in the spring of 2018 while the line is stable. Because honestly others should enjoy this tomato also.

    I'm not a horticulturist and never even took a class on growing plants. I'm just a guy who has had a garden every year since 1985. I don't like hybrids much at all and won't even think about GMOs. Most all of my garden is from seeds I've saved from previous years harvest. Except for sweet corn i really like hybrid Honey -n Pearl SH2 but that is the only hybrid I grow. Everything else is heriloom / open pollianted.
     
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    You have done well with your tomatoes! Wish I had the patience for that...
     
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    You've done amazing! And those are some interesting looking tomatoes…...
     

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