Tomato question for Martin/everyone...

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by twind59, May 15, 2005.

  1. twind59

    twind59 Well-Known Member

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    If you had to choose just one tomato variety to grow for your own use(canning, eating fresh, etc), what would it be? Just looking for opinion on what people think is the best all around tomato.
    Barry
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  2. Paquebot

    Paquebot Well-Known Member

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    There is no all-around perfect tomato. That's because what does well in one part of the country may not do well in another. Climatic conditions may then change things from year to year. What is good one year is average the next. All-purpose tomatoes are those which were developed for canning, juicing, and slicing. They were also those able to survive in a city garden or commercial field and perform well every year. Many are still around. One of the early ones would be Pink Ponderosa although I think that it's too juicy to be a good canner. Others were Marglobe and John Baer which were further perfected to produce Rutgers and Wisconsin 55. Oldtimers in Illinois insist that Rutgers would be the best. In Wisconsin, they'll tell you that Rutgers was #1 until Wisconsin 55 came along.

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    marvella Well-Known Member

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    for all purpose use, generally easy growing, decent disease resistance here in the fungus-y southeast, i also like rutgers. OG 50's are pretty reliable too.
     
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    Hank - Narita Well-Known Member

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    We raise Celebrity primarily. Nice decent shape and few disease problems; good flavor; lots of fruit per plant.
     
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    Kazahleenah Disgruntled citizen

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    Beefsteak or Rutgers would have my vote.
     
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    gilberte Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We raise tomatoes mostly to can for making sauces. Roma gets our vote.
     
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    hollym Well-Known Member

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    Roma for me too, they are tasty sliced as well as in sauces.

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    mammabooh Metal melter Supporter

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    Ditto
     
  9. twind59

    twind59 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the feedback everyone. I, too, like different tomato's an am just curious about what others prefer....if people had anything they considered a "workhorse". I'm anxious to try the Wisconsin55's from Martin this year!
    Barry
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