[tomato] Re:Tomato Fruit Set & Cold Weather

ChuckWyatt/Md/Z7 (Tomato@GlobalGarden.com)
Thu, 22 Apr 1999 13:56:00 -0400

Hi Jaime,

You have an interesting system.  The water temp, however will probably skew
your results. They will be far earlier than otherwise.  I also think you
give too litle credit to the Wall O' Waters.  I used a max / min
thermometer a ciuple of years ago and found 10 -15 degrees of improvement,
depending on how sunny the preceding day was.  The water temp in the WOW is
VERY significant as is the temp of your circulating water.  The proximity
to the Ocean will also raise night temps in most cases.

You might consider "Mountain Princess" and "Early Maturing Siberian" in
your trials.  I've had good results with both.  I didn't particularly like
"Sasha's Altai" and find "Dr. Carolyn", a sport from "Galina", to be more
stable than it's parent.  I'm trying "Clear Pink Early", "Early Wonder" and
"Prairie Fire" this year.  "Grushovka" is another long time favorite early
variety for me.

Good gardenng
Chuck Wyatt