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Old March 7, 2017   #61
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I can't wait to see how Orange Jazz does for you, absolute beast for me last year. I'm growing Limmony as well, which I'm excited about. Pork Chop has been cut 2 years running now, what's your experience with it?
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Old March 7, 2017   #62
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Ok, so I have to ask, what are the styrofoam cups for in the top of your bags?
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Old March 7, 2017   #63
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Ok, so I have to ask, what are the styrofoam cups for in the top of your bags?
They have the variety name on them, so I put them in the container until I get to tagging everything. LOL

BVV, it was a gift, so I am trying one plant, no experience with it.

I should see my first tomato in a day or two, Mat-Su Super B. looks to be a front runner for early tomatoes, another is (BWC X BB F2) X (BB X Dester f1) F2. Every plant is vigorous, early, and all are RL too, they have a lot of similarities for a back cross of sorts. Mat-Su Express A. F6 plant 11 has several early choices too.

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Old March 7, 2017   #64
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F6 plant 11 is noted, I'll grow duplicates on that one. What's going to be the abbreviation for Mat-Su Express? MSX
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Old March 7, 2017   #65
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F6 plant 11 is noted, I'll grow duplicates on that one. What's going to be the abbreviation for Mat-Su Express? MSX
I think M-SE. I think an X would imply that it was a RL strain and we are identifying a recessive PL. Kellogs Breakfast RL= KBX which is a PL version
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Old March 8, 2017   #66
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You have another follower!

That is a great looking operation you got going on.
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Old March 8, 2017   #67
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The early tomato award this year goes to Mat -Su Super B. F6, which is a segregated version of Mat-Su Express starting at F3. The tomato set 46 days from seed sprout in a less than ideal climate. The Super B. F6 family has about 75 percent early versions.

The other winner is (Cowlick's BW X BB F2) X (BB X Dester F1) F2 This one not only has set a tomato, but has many flowers, and the plants all are very similar.

Thanks Sea Gull, we are really trying.
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Old March 8, 2017   #68
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The Super-B that I started look to be some of my strongest-growing seedlings, just a couple weeks old right now.
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The Super-B that I started look to be some of my strongest-growing seedlings, just a couple weeks old right now.
Cole here is what I love about the Super B., the trusses set many flowers at once.

The first pics are Super B., and the others are the back cross I mentioned. I have got to figure out how to shorten the label on that one. LOL
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Is it possible to get a PL out of the F3 matsu Express that Cole so generously supplied us? Really pumped up for plant! Jimbo
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Old March 8, 2017   #71
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Mark, is the cooler temp maybe the reason for heavy flowering? I know my early trusses last year were rediculous. They were exposed to sub 50 degrees on multiple nights before flowers emerged.
Do you fruit/flower prune each truss to 4 fruits like HG recommends?
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Is it possible to get a PL out of the F3 matsu Express that Cole so generously supplied us? Really pumped up for plant! Jimbo
They will all be PL, and the seeds you have are F5, I sent Cole F4 plant A.

PH; nada, it is the variety. These things will go nuts when it warms, they seriously set a bunch of tomatoes, I generally cut off flowers and keep 5-6. Take a peek through the thread from last year. Most heirlooms going have few or no flower buds yet.
My root Zone is 53 degrees, I am happy to have anything setting. Not much I can do about it besides cranking the heat, and that's not going to happen. LOL

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looking fantastic as usual.
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Old March 8, 2017   #74
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Cool.
I'm excited to try radiant tube heaters this fall and for early next spring. We will see how that heats the surfaces of the ground and bags etc.
My in laws farm shop has radiant tubes and is the place to be in January. Even the floor under their combine where the rays dont directly hit is warm to the touch. And their tubes are 18' up in the ceiling.
From what I read, plants can grow within 2' of the tube, but my roller hooks/top of the plant would be much farther than that.
Oh yeah, nice to see u up and running and with concrete!
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Old March 10, 2017   #75
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Today I celebrate my spring, it was the first day my greenhouse got over 70 degrees during the day. Now it begins. LOL
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