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Old August 8, 2013   #16
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I came across this thread while researching this strain for more seed. I just had my first one of these, it was fantastic, even better than I expected. Now I am having a hard time letting them fully ripen before I eat them. I got the seed from Tomatofest, the fruit is only about 8-10 ounces, flat, but are as good as the ad implied. A redo next year, they are so good. mmmmm mmmmmmm
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Old August 11, 2013   #17
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While replying in another thread, I looked up some old photos in my bucket.
So, I thought to post a couple of pics of Potato Top in this thread.

Here is a true, pink Potato Top, weighing in at 24 ounces.



Here are some tomatoes from the same seed stock, but which came out red rather than pink,
and were borne on regular leaf vines rather than potato leaf vines.



I mentioned this problem on page one of this thread.

However, all the vines were very healthy, and all the tomatoes were very tasty!
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Old August 14, 2013   #18
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After reading more on the history, talking to others, and after reviewing the seed distribution method for this variety, that is well noted, I think it is best that I take seed out of these and grow out several plants to taste test, and move on from there.
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Old August 14, 2013   #19
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Sorry, last post has the message, not that it matters. lol
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Old March 26, 2014   #20
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I have grown out my original seeds from Doug since 2006 in my NW Wisconsin garden. I must have got lucky, my seeds produced repeatable fruits. The variety is said to put out a regular leaf plant from time to time, I pull those out. I bag blossoms or isolate plants to keep seed pure. I have distributed these for about 4 years now via Seed Savers, touting the fact that they might have some increased cold resistance now due to where I grow them. Definitely my favorite all-time tomato.
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Old March 27, 2014   #21
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One of mine is a RL this year, I will see how it turns out.
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Old March 27, 2014   #22
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My sprouts are just getting their second set of leaves. I will watch for any that are RL.
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All of my plants ended up being regular leaf. The leaves are unusual looking, very skinny. Does this look correct to anyone else who has grown out the red variation of the variety? I included another variety in the pic on the right so you can see the contrast in the size of the leaves.

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I'm growing out one of the RL seedlings that showed up in my sowing of LLPT. Here's what the leaves look like. I'll let you know what the fruits look like.

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I have a few in the garden this year. They grow with impressive vigor in my 6a garden. If the fruit tastes as good as the plant grows it will be a keeper! Pete
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Old July 16, 2014   #26
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My RL was inferior to my two PL plants, one has very pretty pink fruit, really sweet, the other has fruit with just alittle reddish tinge, complex and tasty. The RL fruit was large and misshapen, and the taste was not so great, average at best, was also a low yielder. Someone should get really confused if you read through the thread. lol
It is really a great variety, pick a winner, save the seed, and move on down the line with your winners.
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Old July 16, 2014   #27
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I saved seeds from a RL plant. It was a plant I stuck in my trash pile of discarded plants outside the greenhouse. It grew a couple tennis-ball sized tomatoes, not bad for a neglected plant in a patch of weeds. I really have no idea how it will do with good care.
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Looking at your pictures above the ones with the skinny leaves look like my Silvery Fir Tree. Did they look like that when they got bigger?? Pete
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I'm growing out one of the RL seedlings that showed up in my sowing of LLPT. Here's what the leaves look like. I'll let you know what the fruits look like.

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My RL plant produced clusters of pink saladette/large cherry tomatoes with average taste. The PL plants has fruits that look correct but none have ripened yet.

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I'm growing out one of the RL seedlings that showed up in my sowing of LLPT. Here's what the leaves look like. I'll let you know what the fruits look like.

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Following up further, some pics of the RL fruits with one shown next to a Sungold F1.

Still nothing ripe yet from my PL plants.
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