Re: [tomato] Chinese Red Lantern Tomatoes?

ChuckWyatt/Md/Z7 (
Wed, 24 Mar 1999 07:12:16 -0500

The term heirloom carries many connotations. In fact different definitions
exist between different plants.  Generally, true heirloom tomatoes are said
to be open pollinated varieties that have been in existance since WWII. 
That has been stretched to include almost any open pollinated varieties.

Unless you plan to save seed, there is nothing to worry about.  Brandywine,
being potato leafed, has a characteristic which can help you.  The potato
leaf gene is recessive and any crosses with Brandywine and regular leafed
varieties will result in regular leaf plants. Just cull out any plants that
don't  have the potato leaf and Voila!  The husk tomato may be (probably
is) too distant a relative to cross Brandywine, anyway.  Don't let my over
cautious warning slow you down.  Remembr I'm trying to protect and
distribute a 400 variety collection and have to be super cautious.

Good gardening,
Chuck Wyatt