Originally Posted by Alaskan
BC, where did you see the FIFTY
Fifty day tomatts are out there...hunt a little bit and you can find them.
From the 22 pages of tomatoes that Heritage Harvest Seed (nfi) offers...
42 days - 45 to 50 days RED salad size
Stupice - 50 days RED 2"by2"; Czech
Latah - 50 days RED 2" across; U of Idaho
Kalinka - 50 days RED in clusters, can be used in canning
Centennial Rocket - 50 days 1967, small fruit; Alberta Lacombe
Latah is also offered by Mapple (nfi) and they say it is blight tolerant too, 2-3" fruit from plants set out in May and harvested in July. Growing tomatoes in far north, able to grow them ripened on the vine.
I will be getting a packet and see how it works out here...greenhouse grown though...we get frost on and off all summer, and SNOW every month of the year here--I repeat snow every month (July, August)... So all it takes is one snow fall in August of two inches like in 2001 and there goes the tomatoes...Greenhouse/Man Porch or forget it.
Sandhill Preservation (nfi) is in the US and Glenn has TONS of tomato varieties, range he gives is:
Very Early - 55 days or less
Of the 746 varieties of tomatoes that Glenn and Linda have listed...here is a quick scan for four of the VERY EARLY you can get this year. There could be more but the Canuck buck sucks compared to the Yankey one...so I won't be shopping cross border for this year, eh.
TOMATO - CHERRY/SALAD
Glacier: Very Early, Potato Leaf, producing small, salad size fruits, sparse foliage. Introduced in 1985 from Sweden. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed
Moscow: Very Early, Determinate, compact plants. Similar to Siberia. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed
Superbec: Very Early, Determinate, 8 oz. fruits, red globe from Quebec. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed
Yorkbec: Very Early, Determinate, red globe 4 to 6 oz. size from Quebec. Pkt. $1.75 Certified Organic Seed
Bradley: Very Early, Determinate, 2 oz. fruits, heavy yields. Earliest tomato in 525 grown in 2005. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2016)
Canabec Super: Very Early, Determinate, 4 to 6 oz. globe-shaped pinkish red fruits from Quebec. Pkt. $1.75 (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2016)
Kimberly: Very Early, Semi-Determinate, Potato Leaf, 1 to 2 oz. globe fruits, sweet and juicy, high yields. Bred by John de Rocque of Kimberly, BC, Canada from a Siberia x Tiny Tim cross. They've been carefully selected for hardiness, early ripening, and quality. Sets fruit at unusually low temperatures. Good also for greenhouse culture, very productive. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2016)
TOMATO - CHERRY/SALAD
Whippersnapper: Very Early, Determinate, pink/red cherry, plants seem to have more fruit than leaves. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2016)
This year, my focus is on getting tomatoes in lotsa colours...yellow, orange, red with orange stripes, black, purple, white, green zebra (yellow striped green)...all my parameters are 65 to 70, 75 days with the seventy-five being the max I will accept for this year at least--one type is coming from my father's home country in Northern Europe--orange paste one/sausage shaped. Trying two neat ones...Reisetomate from Heritage Harvest which forms clusters...so you tear off a red cherry tomato that is fused to the group. Other kewl one, this one from Mapple...getting a big package of Mystery Keeper...harvested as green and stored on the kitchen counter...until like EASTER...yikes...we shall see, eh...we shall SEE!
Doggone & Chicken UP!
Tara Lee Higgins
Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm, Alberta, Canada