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Old June 20, 2017   #61
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I'd guess him at 5'10" to 6'. Hard to tell from a picture.
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Old June 20, 2017   #62
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I'd guess him at 5'10" to 6'. Hard to tell from a picture.
5' 9"!!

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Old June 20, 2017   #63
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First blushing DLH fruit of the season, 10 oz. Interestingly, the only fruit on the plant with seams showing longitudinally. Plant out was April 2, so DTM is approximately 78 days.
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Old June 20, 2017   #64
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What a perfect shape!

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Old June 20, 2017   #65
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The longitudinal lines in that fruit are known as "zippering"
It's something that happens sometimes during pollination in humid conditions. Not a disease, just cosmetic.
http://livegpath.cals.cornell.edu/ga...r-on-tomatoes/
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Old June 20, 2017   #66
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The lungitudinal lines in that fruit are known as "zippering"
It's something that happens sometimes during pollination in humid conditions. Not a disease, just cosmetic.
http://livegpath.cals.cornell.edu/ga...r-on-tomatoes/
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Well now, that is very cool! Thanks for sharing! This was the second fruit set on this plant, and the conditions were definitely cool. The first fruit to set, that 2+ lb monster next to this one, thank goodness does not have zippers all over it. I can't wait to share ripe pictures of THAT one!
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Old June 23, 2017   #67
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The second DLH tomato of the season is a whopper, 31 oz. I'll be saving seeds from this one. Also, it was great to meet Big Van Vader in person- a super guy and a wealth of great tomato knowledge!
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Unusual 'zippering'. Not seen that. Nice that it is so delicate and not 'the uglies'.

Nice big fruit !! and cool you two met up for a chat.

(and do save those seeds!)
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Old June 23, 2017   #69
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that's a beaut.
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Monster, hope a yummy monster!!!
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Old June 24, 2017   #71
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Impressive
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Fantastic- huge.
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Old June 24, 2017   #73
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Thanks folks! I am going to collect seeds from this one. I know that many will collect seeds from their largest or most impressive fruit, but is there a technical reason why these seeds would be different from others further up the plant? Thanks!!
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Thanks folks! I am going to collect seeds from this one. I know that many will collect seeds from their largest or most impressive fruit, but is there a technical reason why these seeds would be different from others further up the plant? Thanks!!
The short answer is no.
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Thanks folks! I am going to collect seeds from this one. I know that many will collect seeds from their largest or most impressive fruit, but is there a technical reason why these seeds would be different from others further up the plant? Thanks!!
In almost all cases, seeds of this one won't be any different. It looks better/different due to random variations in growth. But there is a tiny chance that this tomato looks different/better than the others because it has some small spontaneous mutation. This might be, for example, some mutation that allows it to utilize nutrients in a more effective way.

Mutations don't happen often. For example, how many Omar's Lebanese tomatoes were produced in the world before one came out heart-shaped? But it did happen. So there's that little bit of a chance, and that gives us a little bit of hope, that saving seed from the best might just maybe give an improved plant next year.

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