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Old December 4, 2015   #31
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Big Zac F1 (danke RS) and Hoy (danke cloz) will be my horses. Are there others I should consider for my stable?

On a side note, has anyone used this stuff or other products from the Haifa Group?

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I just looked up Big Zac the other day - I had to show it to my wife

https://www.google.com/search?q=big+...HQDFAPYQsAQIIQ Then I told her we have seeds for it too.
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Old December 4, 2015   #32
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I just looked up Big Zac the other day - I had to show it to my wife

https://www.google.com/search?q=big+...HQDFAPYQsAQIIQ Then I told her we have seeds for it too.
Tis a Monster! And apparently tastes good too. Gonna be a fun race for everyone.
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Old December 4, 2015   #33
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When are you guys starting your plants? Don't overlook Delicious and Terhune, not the potato leaf version of Terhune.
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Old December 4, 2015   #34
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I think you folks should check with the varieties that Marv Meissner suggests since he wrote the book.

I could suggest some, perhaps I did earlier in this thread, I can't remember, but I still suggest looking at Marv suggestions and there are other links to a person who just grew THE biggest tomato which I'm sure you can find on Google.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Marv..._AUIBigA&dpr=1

Also check out the BIG Pumpkin site on Google where the BIG tomato folks hang out and wheel and deal seeds.

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After the picture taking, ribbons won and all that, do the growers actually eat these? Or make sauce?
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Carolyn, please do throw a couple of names out here, let us give them a try, everyone uses the other varieties in the mega size tomato, tomato circle. I think you surely could think of a couple varieties that have traits we want.
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When are you guys starting your plants? Don't overlook Delicious and Terhune, not the potato leaf version of Terhune.
I'm gonna give suggestion #22 a shot. I have a large concrete pot that's easily 40+ gal, I'm gonna transfer two healthy indeterminate plants from 7 gal containers, keep them healthy, and a few months from now use them as surrogate parents for the larger children.
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^ Yeppers, this right here. I've got a few Big Zac F1's starting life now.
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Hello Carolyn. I saw some growers asking what varieties of seed they should try in order to grow big. Some of the seeds that have produced large tomatoes in the past include Delicious (Hunt Strain), Brutus Magnum, Big Zac and Megamarv. More recently success has come from growing Big Zac offshoots, F5, F6, F7 and F8 Big Zacs. The lines that have come through more recently Fabrice Boudyo from France have done the best having produced 2 tomatoes over 8 pounds with one breaking the world record set by Gordon Graham over 20 years ago. Seeds for the Big Zac offshoots can be obtained through growers posting mostly on Bigpumpkins.com and probably on Ebay as well. They will be sold in auctions later this year and early next. By contacting the growers you might be able to get some free. The thing about these seeds that make them worth growing is that they produce lots of fused blossoms and even single tomatoes may get over 3 pounds. Good luck! Anyone determined to get these seeds should have little difficulty since most of the growers give seeds away free is you send them a SASE. Marv
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Marv, Glad you chimed in, we are pumped, and ready to go.
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I had to try some Boudyo Big Zac, that was a stab in the wallet
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I had to try some Boudyo Big Zac, that was a stab in the wallet
Ouch indeed, a karambit said hello to your wallet for those bad boys. Let's hope they produce the big one.

Patiently awaiting the arrival of Marv's book.
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You guys need a woman in this contest.
Where is Pa Julia? I think there should be two categories. One for big ugly fused messes and one for big beautiful singles. (Such as the one in my avatar.... )

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I think there should be two categories. One for big ugly fused messes and one for big beautiful singles.

Me too. As far as I understand it, huge fruit and propensity to fuse blossoms are two completely different traits. The latter seems more like a genetic defect to me. Fused fruit are not marketable; it's a waste, in my view anyway.
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I think there should be two categories. One for big ugly fused messes and one for big beautiful singles.

Me too. As far as I understand it, huge fruit and propensity to fuse blossoms are two completely different traits. The latter seems more like a genetic defect to me. Fused fruit are not marketable; it's a waste, in my view anyway.

I totally agree and cant even add or explain how I feel any better.

It is like the deer antler contest where some deer have this crazy antler thing on their head that is malformed.
There is a separate category for it called non typical.
Tomatoes should have the same thing.

Thank you.

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