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Old July 30, 2017   #151
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Well this is weird. I picked two MR that were blushing and left them to sit for a few days. Just ate them for lunch and they were absolutely delicious. The odd thing is that they are yellow with red mottling and the two that I picked today are all yellow. They look more like Blush!

Seeds were my own, saved last year. Hmmmm!

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Old July 30, 2017   #152
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Interesting! Is this consistent for this plant, or did a plant that was producing normal pink/yellow fruit just start doing this?
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Old July 30, 2017   #153
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The plant produced normal (pink) Maglia Rosa tomatoes last year and I saved seeds from it. I did not save any seeds from Blush (because I preferred the taste and height of MR) so I didn't mix up the seeds(!) and Blush was growing way down the garden, far away from MR which was growing in a container on the deck.

This year, the plant is 5' tall, but we've had a lot of rain. Last year it was 4' tall. I used a cage and a tall wooden stake.

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Old July 30, 2017   #154
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I have Maglia Rosa in a hanging basket, as every year. But this year, it has got a new basket with a water reservoir. And holy moly, it is already producing like crazy! Although the season has just started, I could already pick about 25 tomatoes. My record last year was 61 tomatoes on ONE single day and from ONE single plant. Do I need to say that we love the taste?
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Old July 30, 2017   #155
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Not surprising. It was bred by a German American.

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I have Maglia Rosa in a hanging basket, as every year. But this year, it has got a new basket with a water reservoir. And holy moly, it is already producing like crazy! Although the season has just started, I could already pick about 25 tomatoes. My record last year was 61 tomatoes on ONE single day and from ONE single plant. Do I need to say that we love the taste?
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Not surprising. It was bred by a German American.
LOL! Seems to be an excellent combination!

BTW, Maglia Rosa AND Blush are a standard in my garden!
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Old July 31, 2017   #157
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enjoying mine, doing very well in a pot that's actually too small.. delicious and so pretty.
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Old July 31, 2017   #158
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The plant produced normal (pink) Maglia Rosa tomatoes last year and I saved seeds from it. I did not save any seeds from Blush (because I preferred the taste and height of MR) so I didn't mix up the seeds(!) and Blush was growing way down the garden, far away from MR which was growing in a container on the deck.

This year, the plant is 5' tall, but we've had a lot of rain. Last year it was 4' tall. I used a cage and a tall wooden stake.

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I notice that sweat bees really like my MR blossoms, and they pollinate by chewing the anther cone, which often exposes the stigma and makes crossing more likely. Does blush have similar flowers? If so, maybe the sweat bees were trafficking back and forth between the plants, even though they were far apart.

Regardless, sounds like a beautiful and delicious surprise! Take some pics for us if you can.
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Ah! Sweat bees with a passion for Artisan flowers Who can blame them? That would explain why they would have selected Blush out of the 18 varieties in growing in my veggie garden and then made a bee line for the Maglia Rosa growing on the deck

We have all kinds of bees here, but I've noticed the bumbles are making the rounds of all my tomato flowers right now. I'll only dare to save seeds from the first fruits of all my varieties - if they ever ripen!

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Here are two "Maglia Rosa's" that look too yellow.

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"I'll only dare to save seeds from the first fruits of all my varieties"

Care to elaborate? I'm guessing that they are more likely to be self pollinated?
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"I'll only dare to save seeds from the first fruits of all my varieties"

Care to elaborate? I'm guessing that they are more likely to be self pollinated?
More likely to be pollinated before the bees are out in force.
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Here are two "Maglia Rosa's" that look too yellow.

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Pretty!
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"More likely to be pollinated before the bees are out in force. "

How reliable is that? I see that some of my bagged blossoms may not have mature fruit to get seed from.
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Here are two "Maglia Rosa's" that look too yellow.

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Very pretty, give them a few more days, see what colour they are fully ripe.
Check the epidermis Linda, both blush and ML have a clear epi. Perhaps this has a yellow epi?
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