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Old April 7, 2019   #16
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Some of this years seedlings.
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Old July 28, 2019   #17
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My location is Grand Forks, ND.

I planted two Tasmanian Chocolates this spring.

March 16, I started the seed indoors.

May 30, the plants were moved outside. Taz #1 was planted in the large pot, Taz #2 in the ground.

July 25 I harvested seven fruits from the two plants (4 from Taz#1, 3 from Taz #2).

The fruit was medium-small (6-7 oz ?), nicely formed, flattened, and unblemished. The taste was good.... mild and sweet. Perhaps a tad on the bland side, but I am comparing them to the Jersey Boys I picked the same day which are five-star wonderful.

So far, (and there isn't all that much farther to go) I extremely impressed with the vitality, health, and vigor of Taz. The entire season, both plants have been vigorous, bushy, and healthy. They have less leaf disease than a couple hybrids planted next door to them. The plants look so good they could serve as accent plants in a show garden. I am truly (and surprisingly) impressed with the vigor and health of my two Taz's. They are causing me to rethink some of my tomato biases (I have not have not been impressed, until now, with the "heirloom"/non-hybrid tomatoes I have grown over these last twenty years).

Taz breeders, I am impressed! Thank you!

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Old July 28, 2019   #18
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I will try more Dwarf Project tomatoes next year. While I love Taz, if I could ask for more, I would like earlier and with a little more "zing" flavor-wise. Mind you, I am not complaining, I am really impressed with the bushy vigor and health of this plant. And the fruit is attractive and tasty.
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Old July 28, 2019   #19
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I start a lot of tomatoes with the intention of giving several away. There is a small circle of folks to whom I deliver plants every year (and who look forward to my offerings).

Most of the people I give tomatoes to are people who like and want tomatoes but aren't exactly your "Master Gardener" types (folks who start their own tomatoes and have their own tomato plans and schemes).

I have learned (slowly) that most of the people whom I deliver plants to are not really prepared (or have the interest or time) to stake and prune and manage the growth of a large indeterminate. They want to stick a plant in the ground and then use a cage they got from Menard's for $5 to keep it upright and productive.

I don't blame them. I have my hobbies, they have theirs. I have my time and space, they have their time and space. When I consider their needs, a healthy vigorous dwarf-determinate plant like Taz is perfect!

So, next year for my give-aways, I am going to plant a bunch of Taz's... and a bunch of Red Racers. Red Racer is a seriously good early tomato. The best I have run across so far (much better than "4th of July" or "Stupice").

For my tastiest of purposes, I am doubling down on "Jersey Boy" next year. This is the second year in the row it has been my favorite eating tomato and the second year in a row it has delivered fruit almost a week earlier than "Big Beef".

(it won't out-produce "Big Beef", but then, what does?)

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Old July 28, 2019   #20
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Good points.

Some of this year's dwarf project 'maters. Most, but not all.
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Old July 28, 2019   #21
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Nice variety, Shrinkwrap! What are some of the names? Are these all official releases, or are you still working on some of the ones in development?
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Old July 28, 2019   #22
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Nice variety, Shrinkwrap! What are some of the names? Are these all official releases, or are you still working on some of the ones in development?
These are official releases. I don't have the hutzpah for the heavy lifting!. I'll add some names as I can. I can't seem to keep up.
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Old July 28, 2019   #23
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WeI know the pictures include

Awesome
Brandy Fred
Dwarf Blazing Beauty
Loxton Lad
Rosella Crimson
New Big Dwarf
Malee Rose

Might also include
Adelaide Festival
Rosella Purple

Sweet Sue and Golden Gypsy seem the latest.

I think these last two are Golden Gypsy.
All from seedlings from my April 7th post on this thread.
Some of these I picked just "blushing" and not ripe.
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Old July 28, 2019   #24
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A clarification:

The Taz's I harvested were on the small side. And most of the green fruit I see on the potted Taz are in the six to seven oz size. But, the Taz I planted in the ground has several good-sized fruit in the 8-12 oz range.

The potted plant appears to have smaller, earlier fruit.
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Old July 30, 2019   #25
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Now that the only Project grow-outs I'm still working on are the paste lines, I decided to add some of the earlier released slicers. Nothing blushing yet, but plenty of fruit set on most.

I have six Dwarfs (two Sleeping Lady, two Arctic Rose, one Tastywine and one Golden Gypsy) planted in the same amount of space I would normally give to two indeterminent plants. Each has a 6' bamboo stake next to it for the minimal support the Dwarfs seem to need.

If all goes well this year, I'm seeing more Dwarf Project varieties in my future garden plans.




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Old August 3, 2019   #26
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Some names.
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