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Old August 13, 2019   #1
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I grew out Buffalo Soldier - mine are orange! Good taste though.
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Old August 13, 2019   #2
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Default Varieties that weren't

I think Karen posted this over on her Facebook page, but how many times have you folks planted a variety you were excited about - only for it to turn out to be something else?


I have had it two of the last four seasons. This year, the culprit was "Dr. Wyche." I was super excited about trying those great big yellow tomatoes... and instead I am growing a red cherry. Oh well!


Stray seeds, sometimes the surprise is good, sometimes it's "meh."
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Old August 13, 2019   #3
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Anna Russian
Pictures looked good but turned out to be a paste tomato.
Oregon spring and sub arctic plenty took 75 days and tasted like
supermarket tomatoes in January.
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Old August 13, 2019   #4
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I've got an Orange strawberry plant with potato leaves. They are not showing their color yet, but fruit shape looks similar to my regular orange strawberry plant. I'm growing this variety for the first time.

I'm also growing a Alpha tomato (from Experimental farm network) that has 7 to 10 oz flattened deeply ribbed red fruits. They are quite early for such big tomates, I picked three today, one week after my first Bison tomato (I picked a big Katja yesterday and my first Jaune Flammée today). The other plant has round-shaped smaller fruits. Other characteristics are similar (potato leaves, compact indeterminate healthy plants).

I might also have a Northern Lights cross from seeds collected last year. I usually get early very big fruits, but my plant have much smaller fruits this year. Can't wait to see them get their colors, then I'll know.

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Old August 13, 2019   #5
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My Chris Ukrainian is striped like Green Zebra.

My Sweet Orange Cherry has never been orange (always yellow or golden). It's one of many favorites, however.

Sub Arctic Plenty was midseason for me, too. I liked the meaty texture.

Randy Sine's Evil Jalapeno gave me a plant that produced orange fruit and a plant that produced red fruit. I liked the orange one most.

One Ancient watermelon of mine had white flesh.

Urban Beefsteak had small fruit.

Omar's Lebanese did not get anything like giant fruit.

Pineapple was pure yellow (not bicolor), although I heard that this is normal.

One of my Mustard Bhutlahs has anthocyanin on its leaves and fruit, which is awesome.

Ammon Martin's ground cherry was not the stated species, but it's been my most prolific ground cherry, and has decent taste.

Pruden's Purple and Thessaloniki were variegated on some branches.

Mexican was a micro with large cherry tomatoes, which had good taste and texture.

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Old August 14, 2019   #6
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My one Anna Maria’s Heart is producing beautiful medium sized globe luscious dark red ( black variety type) tomatoes. I have nothing else like them this year so it did not come from a seed that should have been sown in a different cell. It was from saved seeds so who knows what happened. I am saving the seeds and naming it Not Anna Maria’s Heart for my own use. If it comes back true I have a new winner for me! Taste is fantastic and all globes are about the same size. Beautiful tomato.
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Anna Russian
Pictures looked good but turned out to be a paste tomato.
Oregon spring and sub arctic plenty took 75 days and tasted like
supermarket tomatoes in January.

I felt the same way about Oregon Spring.
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I felt the same way about Oregon Spring.
ditto
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I was excited to grow Lithium Sunset for the first time this year... but it, unfortunately, turned out to be Solar Flare (a variety that I was already quite familiar with).





C'est la vie... accidental seed mix-ups happen.


P.S. - If anyone has a few Lithium Sunset (the yellow-dominate, striped bi-color from Fred Hempel) seeds that they'd like to share with me, I'd be highly appreciative!
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My Chris Ukrainian is striped like Green Zebra.

My Sweet Orange Cherry has never been orange (always yellow or golden). It's one of many favorites, however.

Sub Arctic Plenty was midseason for me, too. I liked the meaty texture.

Randy Sine's Evil Jalapeno gave me a plant that produced orange fruit and a plant that produced red fruit. I liked the orange one most.

One Ancient watermelon of mine had white flesh.

Urban Beefsteak had small fruit.

Omar's Lebanese did not get anything like giant fruit.

Pineapple was pure yellow (not bicolor), although I heard that this is normal.

One of my Mustard Bhutlahs has anthocyanin on its leaves and fruit, which is awesome.

Ammon Martin's ground cherry was not the stated species, but it's been my most prolific ground cherry, and has decent taste.

Pruden's Purple and Thessaloniki were variegated on some branches.

Mexican was a micro with large cherry tomatoes, which had good taste and texture.
Oh wow, that is quite a circus
Never have I gotten a variegated version of anything. There have been differences between the promises and results though.
Some Russian varieties (seeds directly from the company) have produced totally differently from the expected and advertized.

Cosmonaut Volkov - turned out to be some red paste tomato.

Antonovka Medovaya - it should be green but so far it looks like any ordinary tomato... no hints of it being GWR.

A variety was supposed to be 'Golden eggs', in the picture they really looked oval shaped. The fruits look like long paste or sausage.. (like 'Eros' or 'Auria'..)
Ah well, if the taste turns out OK, all is well...
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Fish Lake Oxheart "Red". It weren't, and it still isn't.
This year (year 5?, year 6?) I finally got a red tomato. The problem is that it is heavily flutted piriform.
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My Utynyok is red, not orange like it is supposed to be, but I like it a lot. I also cannot ever remember the correct spelling of the name.
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Fish Lake Oxheart "Red". It weren't, and it still isn't.
This year (year 5?, year 6?) I finally got a red tomato. The problem is that it is heavily flutted piriform.
I have yet to see anyone put up their hand and say they got a red FLO. I highly suspect that the original release was a darker pink, and was described as a red without the epi skin test being done.
I grew German Red Strawberry this year, and it is a large heavily fluted piriform as well, on both plants! I've never grown it before, but it for sure does not look like a heart.

Then there is Dorothy's Mennonite BiColor. Which is a big beautiful and tasty tomato, but just a mono color pink. (Or is it red? Have not done the skin test!)
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in an attempt to minimize this type of event, I've gone for vendor seeds only, and thus far no surprises.
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After many failed attempts for FLO Red, it was a vendor this year.
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