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Old April 17, 2018   #16
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Thanks, Henry! I ought to get some updated pics here soon. The F3's are an interesting bunch.

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Seedling pics: First, a Hardin's Miniature seedling. Note the short internode distance between leaves and the natural curling of the leaves.
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Note the short internodes and thick stem on this Rae-F2:
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This Rae-F2 has the long, droopy, "wispy" leaves of the other parent, Anna Maria's Heart coupled with the leaf curl of Hardin's Mini, with a thin stem:
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Eugen & I are growing out nearly 60 Rae-F2's between us, with more on tap for a second planting. We've got a variety of fruit shapes.
Very oblong blunt-ended:
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Pretty hearts:
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Rounds:
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Some are extremely prolific:
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Eugen & I each have one of these "candle" shaped:
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Eugen has a small micro; that's 20 cm = about 8":
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Ugliest tomato:
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Great looking results.
I'll be interested to hear how each tastes, and the eventual size/shape/color of each.


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I'm also curious to see how this turns out!
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Thanks, Lee & Doug! I'll keep on posting.


Today I started doing the hardest thing ever: culling the ones that don't have large enough fruit to keep. Pulling beautiful 3' dwarfs out of the ground to replace them with seedlings, in order to evaluate more F2's in one season.


I have two that are about the size of miniatures, with small heart-shaped fruit. I'm going to save seeds, and work on that one separately when/if I have time/space.


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Thanks, Lee & Doug! I'll keep on posting.


Today I started doing the hardest thing ever: culling the ones that don't have large enough fruit to keep. Pulling beautiful 3' dwarfs out of the ground to replace them with seedlings, in order to evaluate more F2's in one season.


I have two that are about the size of miniatures, with small heart-shaped fruit. I'm going to save seeds, and work on that one separately when/if I have time/space.


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Culling is difficult....

I just saw this thread. Great project. Good luck with it.
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Nan_PA_6b good luck with your project.
Very good job and I will follow you attentively
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Nan, good luck on your project. I'm glad you posted pics of all the shapes, it's fun to see what develops and I'll be following.
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Gotta love those crosses that produce every shape in the book (and then some).
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Great job to you and your friend, interesting results so far
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Exciting! Hope to give some of your babies a Texas trial someday.
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From Eugen's Romanian garden, three F2's:
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This will be red or pink someday:

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This is the miniature:
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Eugen's first ripe F2 was 45 DTM. His plants have full sun. Mine will probably take a little longer because they only get 5-6 hours of sun. I really want the end product to be early. If they're early, each generation can be accomplished in about 4 1/2 months. I can get 2-3 generations per year and have f7 ready by planting time 2020. My mom is 87 and I want this tomato ready while she can still garden.

I have been keeping the plants to one stem so I can grow them close together, pinching off all suckers. Then I noticed one where there was no growing tip, so I figured I'd accidentally pinched it out. Then I noticed another, and another... That's the normal growth of a determinate tomato! The Hardin's Miniature parent has determinate growth, and a few are showing up in the F2's.



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