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Old June 2, 2018   #1
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Default Suggested late season plants

Location; central South Carolina, first frost date last of October.Looking for some types to plant in July aft. 100+s temps break.Fruit will need to start maturing by 1 st. of Oct.
Any tried and true examples you know??
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Old June 3, 2018   #2
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I plant late season tomatoes every year and have found a few that seem to perform better than most of the others I have tried. I try new ones each year hoping to add more good performers to my list. Some years almost anything will do well but over time the ones listed below have consistently done well in late season plantings.

Indian Stripe both regular and potato leaf
Arkansas Traveler
Carbon
Limbaugh's Legacy
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Spudakee
Berkely Tie Dye Pink
Big Beef

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Isn't Limbaugh's Legacy 90 DTM? How do you get it to mature in time?
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Down here Limbaugh's Legacy is usually around 60 to 65 days DTM. There are very few tomatoes that have more than 80 days DTM in the heat of the deep south. Right now my tomatoes have been out since mid March and only a couple of varieties have yet to have a ripe fruit. The ones I can think of right now are Eva Purple Ball, Stump of the World, Red Barn and Couilles de Taureau. So at seventy five days only a couple have not ripened fruit yet and we had a very nice long spring with cool nights up until a couple of weeks ago so that delayed ripening on some of them but it did increase fruit set.

Limbaugh's Legacy is one of the few large pink beefsteaks that will usually get a good fruit set on during the hot months of early fall so it still has time to ripen. It is also one of the most dependable producers of the large pink beefsteaks. I have gotten more ripe fruit off my Limbaugh's Legacy than any other variety so far this year. In the fall it isn't usually the heaviest producer but it is usually dependable for giving those large pink beefsteaks in the fall.

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When are you starting a monthly tomato news letter??Really, I would love to pick your tomato knowledge.No joke!
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When are you starting a monthly tomato news letter??Really, I would love to pick your tomato knowledge.No joke!
If you have any questions I will be glad to answer them to the best of my ability but I am not tuning my one hobby into a job.

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You're aces Bill. You're aces!


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If you have any questions I will be glad to answer them to the best of my ability but I am not tuning my one hobby into a job.

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Ooops! I forgot a couple of my favorites for fall.
Pruden's Purple
JD's Special C Tex

The reason they do so well in the fall is they also set well in the heat. Of all the pink beafsteaks I have grown Pruden's Purple sets the most fruit in the heat so it has a head start when the cooler weather arrives. There are others that do better once the cool weather of fall arrives but it is nice to have a pink beefsteak ready to pick before the cool nights get here. JD's is like a lot of the black varieties that do well in the heat and also ripens well in the fall but the fruit will not be nearly as large as when grown early in the year.

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Very good attitude!!
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When do you start your seeds Bill.?

(Carbon and JDCTex are both great choices)

A bit different for us Northern growers. I'm cleaning up and bleaching my pots
and trays....and cleaning up and organizing the seed packet mess.

I'm trying to stick to six to start next weekend. Small 1010 36cell tray. Six varieties,
Six or so seeds each, one/two per cell. Save the strongest, one of each.

Last year I just had two Dwarf project plants in 2gallon grow bags. Risky cool
evening temps or cold days I slid them inside the sunny slider window.

So far I have dRosellaPurple, MagliaRosa, ...
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Oakley, why are you starting plants now? Do you have some that will be done in 6 weeks?

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Oakley, why are you starting plants now? Do you have some that will be done in 6 weeks?

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I've been growing year round. Just starting 6 dwarfs and a tray of micro hunting.
I start another micro tray Sept 1 and a tray of germination testing Jan 1. (I grow out a
few that seem especially strong)...just a few. Winter grow. Advancing some micros.
6 dwarfs in two gallon pots only need 4 sq feet indoors. Micros are tiny.

My winter grows are fruiting now out on the kitchen deck. (city home)
My farm in-ground plants just went in last weekend. Just about 100 planted.
No chance of seeing tomatoes from them until mid/late July.
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I set out tomato plants from March through early August so I start seed multiple times during the year starting in December.

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When are you starting a monthly tomato news letter??Really, I would love to pick your tomato knowledge.No joke!
I agree. We should have a thread named " Ask Bill".
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