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Old May 26, 2017   #76
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Setting dome nice fruit and showing the blunt heart with distinctively ridged shoulders
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Old May 26, 2017   #77
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That's a pretty tomato and vine KarenO. I'd love to grow some of those. Amazing that 15 year old seed can be brought back to life!. Their gonna taste great, I just know it!. Lol. Jimbo
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Old June 2, 2017   #78
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Beautiful maters! I especially like the high flute density on the shoulders- most fluted tomatoes have perhaps 6-8 flutes. Yours look like a Shar Pei!! The blunt heart shape is also interesting- is this what you have seen in the past?
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Old June 4, 2017   #79
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The fluting and the overall shape is different than anything else I have grown and I have grown quite a few varieties over the years. The fluting is very typical and very similar in every fruit. The general shape is somewhat unusual as well, it's an oxheart but with a blunt rounded bottom so the big 11-18 oz fruits are big and nearly round as a softball, never flattened or oblate and also never pointed.
The only tomato, again if the many I have grown, that is consistently this shape. It's an interesting tomato. Few seeds, nearly solid interior like most oxhearts, thin delicate skin and pink with no green shoulder when ripe. I will add pics of fruit when ripe and interior as well.
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Old June 4, 2017   #80
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As these. Always Very consistent. And consistently early for a big tomato.
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Old June 4, 2017   #81
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Gorgeous, simply gorgeous!
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Old June 9, 2017   #82
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So happy! 15 years ago I was given a few seeds of a really great tomato. I have grown it out a number of times and have much fresher seeds but I had four of the original ones left and decided to see if they would germinate.
Paper towel soaked in dilute (1%) food grade hydrogen peroxide, placed in a baggie and kept warm. 3 days later, 3 out of 4 seeds showing a radicle!
Now to see if they grow well for me. I will pot them up today.
Zena's gift, a tomato that keeps on giving.
H2O2 is unstable and easily degrades producing water and oxygen. I believe the enhanced oxygen environment aids in germination along with the moisture and warmth.

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My Anna Russian seeds this year were marked 2003. The plants sprouted about the same time (with the same treatment) as new Anna Banana Russian seeds. A friend who grows super old seeds a lot gave them to me with confidence that they would germinate. I planted them in worm castings with a little peat moss in an unheated greenhouse, in April. I guess I did zap them with a Z4EX before planting, though (I did that with all gifted and traded seeds that I planted this year), but my friend's seeds tend to germinate well.

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Old June 30, 2017   #83
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first 2 fruit are blushing, plants are about 5.5 feet tall so far. Doing well and early for a large fruited tomato.

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Old June 30, 2017   #84
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So beautiful Karen! Makes my heart go pitter patter. : )
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Old June 30, 2017   #85
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Can't wait to see pictures of the ripe fruit!
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KarenO, those are beautiful tomatoes and such a great story - thank you for sharing it and for thinking to save and grow the variety over the years. People like you are why we have some great holdovers from years passed.
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first ripe fruit, 12.7 oz today. Large blooming seedlings were put out in the garden mid May.

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That is early for such a large fruit! Please save lots of seeds, this is a wonderful rediscovery for tomato fans!
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No picture, it never happened!!



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No picture, it never happened!!



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you saw the pictures... business in front, party in the back...on my Northern Gardener Page
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