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Old July 26, 2017   #46
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Gorgeous. We have one Zena's Gift growing at the farm greenhouse this year. Not as early setting as the competition (Pervaya Lyubov, Chernomor, Oaxaca Jewel PL) but a healthy vigorous plant and the shape of the young fruit is beeeuuutiful.
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Old July 26, 2017   #47
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Gorgeous. We have one Zena's Gift growing at the farm greenhouse this year. Not as early setting as the competition (Pervaya Lyubov, Chernomor, Oaxaca Jewel PL) but a healthy vigorous plant and the shape of the young fruit is beeeuuutiful.

I hope you enjoy it! Glad you gave it a spot to trial it.
Would live to see what you think and how it does for you.
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Old July 26, 2017   #48
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She is stingy with seeds, particularly the early fruits which are often compketelyvseedless as is the case so far this year. I will save seeds though and put up a separate thread with an offer tovtrial a few for those interested once I have enough.
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Old July 26, 2017   #49
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Great looking tomato. Will try to get seed when you offer it to grow here in nc. The name is terrific.
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Old October 11, 2017   #50
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Gorgeous. We have one Zena's Gift growing at the farm greenhouse this year. Not as early setting as the competition (Pervaya Lyubov, Chernomor, Oaxaca Jewel PL) but a healthy vigorous plant and the shape of the young fruit is beeeuuutiful.
Interested to know how it did for you Bower?
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Old October 12, 2017   #51
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Wow Karen, the fruit were enormous and really a beautiful shape. They ripened early midseason a little later than Pervaya L and Chernomor etc but certainly not late. Evenly ruffled like a parasol but deeply rounded below as well (like a... Goodyear blimp? ). Fruit weighed 1.5 lb. I didn't eat any myself, but my friends described it as decent tasting as well as fun - we were joking about making small pizzas with a single slice.
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Old October 12, 2017   #52
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Thank you for the feedback Bower, That sounds about right
I personally have never grown another tomato as large that was as early.
I also find it very disease resistant overall. Did it succumb to any disease pressure for your friend or did it last the season
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Re: disease pressure, it did a bit better than P Lyubov and Chernomor at least held out a bit longer, but those two were stricken early on by some mystery blight (which then spread to the other beefs). It was about as good as Ukraine Purple in the same greenhouse, fair bit of foliage disease but manageable with weekly maintenance. I would say about average, not the worst nor the best.
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Karen, I am making pictoral tomato markers for my garden and put one together describing Zena's Gift from this thread. They are only for my reference. Would you mind if I use one of your pictures?
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Old March 15, 2018   #55
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by all means Heidi. there are more photos under the "15 year old seed" thread from 2017.
I am interested in how it does for you, please keep in touch
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Old March 15, 2018   #56
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I cannot believe what I just read,I really can't, especially since Neil L is not here to explain what happened and why re Zena's Gift. He posted that recently here at Tville since Karen was,if you will,after him yet again about his not mentioning her as the source.

Karen,why don't you find Neil's post and cut and paste it to here, and If you don't want to do that,I can do that for you.

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Old March 16, 2018   #57
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https://www.facebook.com/NorthernGardenerCanada/

Heidi, here is where I post all of my garden pictures. Go to the albums section, there are lots of photos from last year of my Zena's gift tomato plants and fruit, unripe and ripe.
This is an old thread from 2014.
I think you will like this tomato, it is huge and quite early.I sent out seeds to well over 100 people this year from my growout of my origional 15 year old seeds. Anyone who may wish to grow this tomato can request the seed from me for just a sase,
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Old March 16, 2018   #58
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Wow! how did I miss this? KarenO I have been waiting years to see this seed offer. I totally love the story and the name So perfect. PM sent!
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Old March 16, 2018   #59
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Wow! how did I miss this? KarenO I have been waiting years to see this seed offer. I totally love the story and the name So perfect. PM sent!
I wish I had known. Karen gave me some for distribution. Doh!
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Excited to finally have a chance to try this one, PM sent
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