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Old July 11, 2017   #1
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Default Maglia Rosa and garden loves heat!

I usually grow Maglia Rosa every year but always have a low yield of blooms and fruit. We have been abnormally hot so far this summer and my Maglia Rosa plants have exploded in blooms! This is the earliest I have ever had ripe tomatoes. My bucket tomatoes are almost touching the roof of my garage.
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Old July 11, 2017   #2
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Those are some seriously impressive plants! Congrats!
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Old July 11, 2017   #3
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I have never been able to eat all the tomatoes I get from Maglia Rosa and give away baggies full. It does slow down some for periods, and then kicks back into production.
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Old July 11, 2017   #4
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This is my first year growing MR. I was surprised by how many blooms it put out. Almost kind of semi-multiflora. I assumed that was normal.

Mine are currently loaded with fruit and have stopped putting out flowers for the moment because every available node on the plant is heavy with fruit. I would say that, on earlier trusses, about 1/3 t0 1/2 the blooms turned into fruit. Since the sweat bees have found my plants and I've been using a tuning fork on them, I'm getting 2/3 to 3/4 of the flowers setting fruit. Very prolific for such a little plant.

And to be fair to MR, there were a couple of times I let the plant get drought stressed, and it lost many of the dropped blossoms after those incidents. Had I been more diligent, I probably would have gotten better early fruit set. I've found MR very sensitive to dry, hot conditions and quick to wilt (actual wilting, not just its weeping habit).

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