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Old June 1, 2017   #46
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I prefer Esterina. It is equally productive with larger tomatoes and much less splitting. I did notice that my SunGold plant (from August) in a Root Pouch has much less splitting than the SG in the Earthbox.

The 2 Esterina plants are in Root Pouches.

Having 2 Esterina plants provide way more tomatoes that you could possibly eat or give away.

I still will grow Esterina, SunGold, plus SunChocola, SunPeach in August.

Ideally, I would like to find a non-yellow Esterina-type plant. Hopefully the SunChocola and SunPeach will fit the bill.

Gardener - How does the F2 Esterina compare to the F1?
Barb, my Esterina F2's tastes very good, almost like F! fruits.
I have two plants : One has bigger tomatoes than the other. But the other one grows more tomatoes like sort of multi flora. And the color is more yellow gold as opposed to sungold which is orange-yellow when fully ripe.
BTW: I have not found any Sungold to crack. Maybe because I don't let them stay on the vine too long.
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Old June 2, 2017   #47
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I think I'm really going to like Koralik ( Russian variety from Territorial Seed). It's compact, the tomatoes are acid and sweet in a good old fashioned flavor combination and they are easy to pick in clusters.
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Old June 12, 2017   #48
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Finally I am getting some harvest. These were in the basket , on the table from last harvest.

---Tiger Grape: I like its look. The flesh is nice purple. The plants are just pumping.
--- Esterina F2: Way larger fruits than SunGold. Esterina stays yellow/gold when fully ripe. But SunGold turns orange color.
--- Chocolate Cherry: It it average in production and taste. It won't return.
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Old June 12, 2017   #49
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WOW people grow a lot of cherry types!!
I have only 2:
Black Cherry
Large Red Cherry
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Old June 12, 2017   #50
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Has anyone grown sweet baby girl? I'd like to try some of those next year.

I'm growing my usuals
Sungold
Pink BB
Sunrise Bumblebee
black cherry
Blush
and a new one is Cascade lava. I'm actually growing it in the coldframe and pruning it. I just want to see what happens.
Rev. MK is another new one I'm excited about.
Oh and Maglia Rosa.
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Here's my list for this year. Desternot is an accidental cross I've been growing out for several years, and will offer up some year soon around here, as a real tasty and real productive pink cherry (one line) and an interesting pink mini-beefsteak type (another line).

Ambrosia Gold
Black Cherry
Brad's Atomic Grape
Cherry Bomb F1
DesterNot
Esterina F1
Five Star Grape F1
Fox Cherry
Golden Sweet F1
Green Doctors Frosted
Indigo Blue Berries
Indigo Blue Berries Yellow
Kazachka
Lemon Drop
Lucky Tiger
Maglia Rosa
Matt's Wild Cherry
Medovaya Kaplya
My Grape F2
Nova F1
Pearly Pink Orange
Pink Bumblebee
Pink Tiger
Purple Bumblebee
Rancho Solito
Red Pear
Russian Mini Yellow
Snow White
Starfire Isis
Sungold F1
Sunrise Bumblebee
Sweet Mojo cherry
Tami G Hybrid grape
Tommy Toe
Vince P1 - This one is tricky. It splits terribly at even the hint of humidity or other moisture, and when it looks and feels ripe, it tastes rotten, gone by. But if I pick it (split or not) just before it seems ripe, the flavor is absolutely heavenly - my all-time favorite. So as problematic as it is, I still grow it every year.

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Pink Princess. The only cherry tomato I grow. Love it!
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Has anyone grown sweet baby girl? I'd like to try some of those next year.

I'm growing my usuals
Sungold
Pink BB
Sunrise Bumblebee
black cherry
Blush
and a new one is Cascade lava. I'm actually growing it in the coldframe and pruning it. I just want to see what happens.
Rev. MK is another new one I'm excited about.
Oh and Maglia Rosa.
Cascade Lava should be bigger than a cherry. Closer to a large saladette, small slicer size.
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Yeah I'm hoping by doing single stem I can make it have bigger fruits.
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Old June 13, 2017   #55
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Which one do you like more, Sungold or sunsugar? Which one has better yield and taste?
I can't answer yet. The Sunsugar had too much Fusarium and RKN to grow large enough to produce. However, I do have a couple plants growing in solo cups for the fall garden. Which is in a completely different garden.
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I grew 5 plants from some seeds I saved from a Juliet f1. Three have tomatoes, all are similar to Juliet in plant growth/size/shape, and fruit set, but all have different fruit. I thought they were pretty interesting. One looks pretty similar to Juliet, but the other two are much different. One long and skinny and similar in looks to Opalka, the other is short and wrinkled, and some are heart shaped. I'm curious to see if they taste good at all. I know Juliet isn't the most popular tomato, but it makes really excellent sauce.





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I can't say enough about Esterina .
I was going to string it with one branch but just got out of control.
I took this picture this morning.
There are lot more fruits that the camera's eye could not detect.
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Old June 21, 2017   #58
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I bought coyote seed but the tomatoes are small pear shaped and spitters. did I get yellow pear seed maybe?
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Pink Princess. The only cherry tomato I grow. Love it!
Just ate my first one off the vine tonight - delicious!
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Old June 23, 2017   #60
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I grew Sungold, Black cherry and Esterina this year.
I have already reached a decision to grow just Esterina next season.. My F2 is just the same as the F1 that I bought from farmers market last year.
I will also keep my Tiger Grape , as ornamental. Though it has good old fashion tomato taste.
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