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Old January 9, 2019   #16
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Randy,


I have a small pack of Monte Verde. Am I allowed to save, but not sell, seed?
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Old January 9, 2019   #17
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Randy,


I have a small pack of Monte Verde. Am I allowed to save, but not sell, seed?
Monte Verde has a PVP certificate which expired in 2015. Anyone can now produce and sell seed. The USDA Plant Variety Database has a listing of all the tomatoes which have been issued PVP certificates. I quit doing PVP years ago because of the expense and work of doing so plus the fact that they expire. Since then all my breeding lines have been transferred through signed MTAs regulating their use in breeding. I have not done any PVPs for my hybrids and am happy if others can use them in breeding to develop other useful tomatoes. After all, I started breeding with varieties developed by others.
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Old January 10, 2019   #18
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Thanks for the info Randy. I'll get some seed and give them a try.




I have had several requests for a tomato that is productive, red, about 1.5 pounds, determinate, and with rich flavor. I can see some of these traits in lines you have developed. Any chance you are working on a very large fruited determinate with significantly improved flavor?
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Old May 23, 2019   #19
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Here are my Mountain Gem.
They are doing great and look awesome. No flaws.
Fruit are coming on. First truss has a few green that are baseball size.

All grown in 5 gallon plastic grow bags, Promix HP potting mix. Daily fertigation with the Hydro-gardens 3-part fert program.

I'll have to check exact day, but seeds were sown mid-March, transplanted into bags in the tunnel on april 15.
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Old May 23, 2019   #20
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Plz update later on flavor PH.
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Old May 23, 2019   #21
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Will do!
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Ate the first Mountain Gem two nights ago. Fruit are ripening on plants I started from seed in mid February.
Taste was very good.
I’ll try to get pics at some point.
But overall very pleased.
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Old June 17, 2019   #23
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Ate a second one tonight. This tomato is a keeper.
I love the taste.
Plants look like something out of a catalog. Flawless.
I’ll post pics in the morning.
Beautiful red, smooth, and uniform fruit.
A must grow.
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Kudos to Dr. Gardner on this new release.
I have tried other, earlier Mt. Series varieties (mostly sold at the local farmer's market), and have been underwhelmed.


This one however is by far the best of those that I've tasted, and very impressive.
The plant is quite healthy and growing very well. Fruit set is very good, I'll have a better comparison at the end of the season to how it holds up.


The attached pictures show the first 13 oz. fruit picked in 68 days from set out next to a 10 oz. Summertime Gold, and the
cut version of Mt. Gem.


As for the taste, Dr. Gardner was holding back on us... this is in the very good to excellent taste category. A solid 8 in my book. Big Beef in comparison ranks from 7.5~8.5, so this is well in that range.
As a comparison, the Tasti-Lee that is growing right next to Mountain Gem was not as flavorful... 6.5 in my opinion.


That Summertime Gold in the picture was a solid 9, and Mountain Gem compared nicely along side it. (Wonderful dinner plate by the way! )


I grow very few hybrids, but this one will now be on my must grow list alongside Big Beef and Sungold. (Impressive company).


Thanks Dr. Gardner for this one!



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