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Old April 13, 2009   #16
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One week later, the middle thingy is more like a fuzz ball with extras. There's no significant increase in height. It's got a very good root system. It's in a 4" pot and I'm using a bamboo skewer as a support stick.

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Old April 13, 2009   #17
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Yes, Ted - that plant is indeed showing the very unusual growth trait. That could be a developing blossom in the center! let's see what it does!
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Old April 21, 2009   #18
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Got some better pics of the center "fuzzball". Also, some of the little sawtooth leaf-like "bumps" on some of the tendrils. The plant is now 10 inches tall. It has been hardened off and will get its own piece of sunlight beginning tomorrow afternoon. I'll also bring on some pics of the normal-looking PL1, PL6, and RL4 plants - which are doing great.

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Fingers crossed you get a tomato from that alien!
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Old April 21, 2009   #20
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I think it will either suck out your brains while sleeping or be a new plant that can survive a nuclear explosion!
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Old May 9, 2009   #21
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Hey Ted how is that plant doing? just curious
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Old May 9, 2009   #22
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Kat, just for you. Here's two pix's I just ran out and shot. It is starting to rain again here, so I did these in a hurry. It is taller by about 6 inches and the "furr-ball" has not changed. The plant does not exhibit anything that remotely resembles a bloom or bloom pod.

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Thanks Ted glad you did it just for me .
I am having a hard time getting mine to mature enough to plant for some reason. I am thinking I am going to plant those in tainers and just see what happens. I will probably start some new ones for my fall garden. If I can only get a few tomatoes to ripen before they freeze I can still get seed. I have 2 lucky cross plants fruiting now so I was hoping to compare the flavors. maybe I can keep Lucky going through the hot summer and still have a comparison.
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Old May 16, 2009   #24
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MULE UPDATE

Well, still no sign of anything that would remotely resemble a bloom pod.
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The new active top is a scattered thing.
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It is showing some effort to start more branches.
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The leaves at mid-height of the plant.
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The top leaves are getting larger.
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I'll put it in a larger pot in a couple of days and let's see where it goes from there.

When I tell folks that I have some plants that I grew from seeds that I got from Europe, they look at this thing and then ask if I got those seeds from Chernobyl.

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How is everyone doing on this project? I am not growing any of them this year (except for one plant of Lee's selection Striped Sweetheart), but am anxiously awaiting reports from those who are!
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I am having a hard time gettig mine to grow. I might have to replant and put out for fall. Sorry if I have failed you! These are the only tomatoes I have had that problem with
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Today I planted out the following;
1ea 05-68 RL
1ea 05-69 PL
2ea 05-69 Mules
All of the above were started 15-03-09. Ami
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Ami, I think Craig is "testing us" with some MULE SEED.

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I definitely wasn't going to plant them at my surrogate garden at work. I could see myself trying to convince some ground pounder that this is a tomato plant. Right Ami
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Old June 1, 2009   #30
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Default Oy, Mate!! It's a Bloomin' Mule !!!

Well, if you're patient, blooms may come. Ami, don't give up too quickly on those mules. Today I found four tips on the little plant that are trying to make blooms. They are tiny, but it inspires me to continue my patience.

Craig, we may yet see fruit. A quick question, please. If you were to project the final size of one of these PL6 plants, how large would that be?? Determinate, indeterminate, or ????? The reason I ask, is so that I can go ahead and move it to an adequate container. It is currently in a 3 gallon nursery pot.

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