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Tomato question
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Donna from Mo    Posted 04-27-2003 at 13:51:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I got my tomato plants today. I bought two varieties I have had success with before, and one new variety. My question is, what do the letters stand for beneath the name of the tomato? Celebrity, VFN; Jet Star, VF; The Big Bite, VFFNT.
Anybody know? Also, has anyone tried The Big Bite? It's supposed to get twice the size of my other two kinds, but I have no idea whether it's red, pink, etc.


williamf    Posted 04-27-2003 at 17:24:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's what the local cow college said:

Always choose varieties with disease resistance. Fusarium wilt is a common disease that can destroy a whole tomato crop. Many varieties are resistant to this disease. This is indicated by the letters VF after the cultivar name. VFN means the plants are resistant to Verticillium, Fusarium and nematodes; VFNT adds tobacco mosaic virus to the list.

Wm


just one more thing....    Posted 04-28-2003 at 04:11:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
These pests tend to be regional, so only buying plants that are resistant to all of 'em reduces your choice of types. Tomatoes are weather dependent, and the very best varieties (the old ones) tend to be relatively regional, too.

Point is, you can find out what pests are present in your area from the extension agent or local college and then get plants resistant to just those things and do a whole lot better. I experiment with a few varieties each year, along with my "tried and true" varieties so I can find what does best in my garden...and so far it is *not* the most modern varieties!

Tom A


Donna from Mo    Posted 04-27-2003 at 17:37:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks so much!


Fawteen    Posted 04-27-2003 at 16:23:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think the letters indicate the various blights and fungi and such that they are resistant to.

Not sure about that, likely someone will come along that knows...

Too far north and too close to the ocean (very cool nights, all year) to have any luck growing 'maters.

Dang shame too, I love them thangs.


bill b va    Posted 04-28-2003 at 00:15:07       [Reply]  [No Email]

here you go master gardner............
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Larger ViewGrushovka #4717  (30 seeds)  $1.85
Siberian variety of delicious, pink, egg-shaped fruit. Tomatoes are about 3 inches long with thin skin and are excellent for canning. Plants are small, only about 2-1/2 feet tall, but produce abundantly. Determinate. 65 days.$1.85
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Larger ViewJetsetter VFFNTA Hybrid #4519  (30 seeds)  $2.30
Short season gardeners especially will be happy for this variety that doesn't sacrifice size or flavor for early maturity. Tomatoes are at least 8 ozs. and often larger with really good, rich flavor. Yields are plentiful on vigorous plants that have lots of disease resistance, offering even those in the South a great new early tomato. Indeterminate. 64 days.$2.30
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Larger ViewLegend #3742  (30 seeds)  $2.30
Introduced by Dr. James Baggett at Oregon State University, this very early variety sets large fruit that are glossy red and round with a very good flavor that is a nice blend of sugars and acids. What is also exciting about Legend is its strong resistance against the late blight fungus, a problem that has thwarted many a tomato gardener. It sets fruit well under cool temperatures, and contains few seeds. We think this combination of great taste, earliness, and strong disease resistance makes Legend truly memorable. Determinate. 68 days.$2.30
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 Manitoba #2011 (30 seeds) $1.85
6-1/2 oz. brick-red tomatoes are smooth and slightly flattened in shape. Extremely productive and very early variety developed in Manitoba, Canada. Determinate. 60 days.
$1.85
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Larger ViewMatina #5606  (30 seeds) $2.00
This very early variety bears loads of 2 to 4 oz. red fruit with terrific flavor normally found only in a huge beefsteak. The fact that its fruit is ripe up to a full month earlier than many beefsteak varieties makes Matina really special. Potato-leaved plants put on large clusters of abundant tomatoes, and even though they start early, continue to bear throughout a long season. Heirloom from Germany. Indeterminate. 58 days.$2.00
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Larger ViewMiracle Sweet VFFNT Hybrid #2544  (30 seeds)  $2.10
Very large crops of 4 to 5 oz. tomatoes with excellent, sweet flavor. Fruit is smooth and uniformly red. Vigorous, very tall plants are prolific. Good flavor in an early, productive tomato. Indeterminate. 67 days.$2.10
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 New Yorker V #2826  (30 seeds) $1.85
Very early variety just right for northern or short season areas. Compact vines bear heavy, concentrated sets with medium sized scarlet fruit of fine texture. Determinate. 66 days.
$1.85
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Larger ViewOregon Spring V #2712 (100 seeds)  $1.85
A cold-tolerant tomato developed by Oregon State University for short season gardeners. Compact plants produce concentrated sets of medium to large fruit that is nearly seedless. Fruit is juicy and tender with full tomato flavor. Determinate. 58 days.$1.85
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 Pilgrim VFFA Hybrid #2935 (30 seeds) $1.85
Medium-large, 8 oz. smooth tomatoes on compact, vigorous plants, which set fruit over a wide range of growing conditions. Excellent yields and good flavor coupled with early maturity make this one noteworthy. Determinate. 65 days.
$1.85
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Larger View Polar Baby #2536 (30 seeds)  $1.85
Very small plants bear large harvests of 2-inch red salad tomatoes. These tomatoes are sweet and very well flavored, especially for a variety that produces so early. This is a cold weather tomato that was developed in Alaska. Determinate. 60 days.$1.85
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 Polar Beauty #2324 (30 seeds) $1.85
This variety earns its name for the beautifully shaped, deep red fruit it bears very early in the season. Developed in Alaska for colder climates, it bears small to medium-sized oblate tomatoes with a good, full tomato taste. Short, bushy plants are very productive. Determinate. 63 days.
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Polar Star #2612 (30 seeds) $1.85
Compact plants produce an abundance of 3 to 4 oz. red fruit that have the pattern of a star on their blossom ends. Fruit is round or slightly flattened with a good sweet, yet tangy taste. Cold weather variety originating in Alaska. Determinate. 65 days.
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Larger ViewPrairie Fire #2933  (30 seeds)  $2.00
Intensely red, 3 to 5 oz. tomatoes on very short, bushy plants light up the garden, earning this variety its name. Its full flavor is tangy yet nicely balanced with sweetness and is superior to many cold weather tomatoes. Very productive plants give a large crop early in the season. This variety is a result of a cross between Sub Arctic and a beefsteak tomato. Determinate. 55 days.$2.00
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Larger ViewRed Rocket #2373  (30 seeds)  $1.95
This compact, bushy plant seems to take off like a rocket when loads of bright red tomatoes ripen up early in the season. Fruit is in the 8 to 10 oz. range and smooth with absolutely no blemishes. You will be pleasantly surprised, too, that these are very flavorful tomatoes with a good blend of sugar and acid, giving you top quality fruit as well as earliness. Determinate. 60 days.$1.95
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Larger ViewSiberian #2908 (30 seeds) $1.85
Very small plants bear heavy crops of 2 oz., oval tomatoes that are bright red and juicy with good tomato flavor. Although plants stay low-growing, they do spread out and become bushy with rugose foliage. Harvests begin incredibly soon, and many gardeners report they are pleasantly surprised by this early variety's excellent flavor. Determinate. 58 days.$1.85
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Larger ViewSiletz #2831 (30 seeds)  $2.00
Deep red, full-flavored slicing tomatoes are 10 to 12 ozs. and very nice for an early variety. Developed by Dr. James Baggett of Oregon State University, these plants yield well even in cool weather. Good acid taste and excellent interior fruit quality in an early tomato. Determinate. 52 days.$2.00
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Larger View Silvery Fir Tree #2742 (30 seeds) $1.90
This very unusual dwarf plant has delicate, lacy leaves that have a silvery sheen. Not only does this plant add great ornamental interest to your garden, it also bears very flavorful 4 to 6 oz. red tomatoes that mature quite early. Russian heirloom. Determinate. 58 days.$1.90
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Larger ViewStupice #4782  (30 seeds)  $2.00
From Czechoslovakia, this is an extremely early cold-tolerant tomato that bears an abundance of 1 to 2 oz. flavorful and sweet tomatoes. This variety has become a garden favorite for its earliness, productivity, and truly wonderful taste. Indeterminate. 52 days.$2.00
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 Sub Arctic Maxi #2733 (30 seeds) $1.85
One of a series of extra early tomatoes bred for extremely cold climates. Dwarf vines produce concentrated clusters of 2-1/2 oz. fruit with good flavor. Excellent for Northern gardeners or anyone seeking early tomatoes. Determinate. 62 days.
$1.85
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 Sugar Baby #6017  (30 seeds)  $1.85
Extremely early harvests of super-sweet tomatoes on compact plants make this variety a wonderful addition to anyone's garden. These 1 to 2 oz. tomatoes will likely be among the first of the season, and their sweet, delicious flavor is sure to be a delight. Plants are small, but very productive. Determinate.  54 days.$1.85
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Tomatoes:
Early Season | Mid Season | Late Season | Oxhearts | Beefsteaks | Paste | Small Fruited | Bicolor | Black | Green | Orange | White | Yellow | Collections
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Tomatoes: Early Season ~ Page 2 of 2
 
Jump to Page 1
 
Larger ViewGrushovka #4717  (30 seeds)  $1.85
Siberian variety of delicious, pink, egg-shaped fruit. Tomatoes are about 3 inches long with thin skin and are excellent for canning. Plants are small, only about 2-1/2 feet tall, but produce abundantly. Determinate. 65 days.$1.85
Quantity:
Larger ViewJetsetter VFFNTA Hybrid #4519  (30 seeds)  $2.30
Short season gardeners especially will be happy for this variety that doesn't sacrifice size or flavor for early maturity. Tomatoes are at least 8 ozs. and often larger with really good, rich flavor. Yields are plentiful on vigorous plants that have lots of disease resistance, offering even those in the South a great new early tomato. Indeterminate. 64 days.$2.30
Quantity:
Larger ViewLegend #3742  (30 seeds)  $2.30
Introduced by Dr. James Baggett at Oregon State University, this very early variety sets large fruit that are glossy red and round with a very good flavor that is a nice blend of sugars and acids. What is also exciting about Legend is its strong resistance against the late blight fungus, a problem that has thwarted many a tomato gardener. It sets fruit well under cool temperatures, and contains few seeds. We


Smitty    Posted 04-27-2003 at 16:42:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
14 check for tomato varieties that will tolerate cool weather they are out there. One that comes to mind is San Francisco Fog
Smitty


Fawteen - No kidding?    Posted 04-27-2003 at 17:28:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Didn't know there was such a thing.

I'll look into it, thanks for the tip!


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