Re: [tomato] Re:Tomato Fruit Set & Cold Weather

margaret lauterbach (
Sat, 24 Apr 1999 10:16:12 -0600

At 07:33 AM 4/23/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Hi Kimberlee,
>>>I didn't see another variety there that I picked up on an eBay 
>auction: "Black Sea Man".  Supposed to be an heirloom variety, 
>and you have SO many, I thought I'd see all but those Chinese 
>Lantern toms that I'm starting!  :-)  Any info on them at all?<<
>Remember, there are over 4,000 known heirloom tomato varieties.  I have
>tried somewhere in the vicinity of 1500 and have kept about 500 for future
>use.  Of those 500, I currently have about 350 on the web site.  I'm
>actually going to cut that down this Fall because the complete variety page
>is loading too slowly.  I want to keep it to the best 300 if possible. 
>There are several black varieties and they have been something of the rage
>this year.  Black Krim, Black from Tula, Black Plum, Noir De Crimee
>(Crimean Night), Cherokee Purple and Southern Nights are varieties that I
>do have.
>Carolyn Male who is recognized as one of, if not the most, knowledgeable
>expert on heirloom tomato varieties will be publishing a book this June.It
>will contain pictures as well as descriptions of her 100 favorite heirloom
>tomato varieties.  I will have all of her varieties by about October since
>Carolyn was good enough to provide me with starter seed for those I didn't
>have.  No, Sorry....... Black Sea man is not among them.  With such a
>number as 4000 + to choose from, we all must be selective.
>On the Chinese Lantern, I don't think it's a true tomato or a tomatillo
>either for that matter.  You might contact:
> Jeff McCormack, PhD
>Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
>P.O. Box 170
>Earlysville, VA 22936
>Jeff's Doctorate is in Botany and he probably knows the Latin name right
>off the top of his head.  Say "Hi" for me when you reach Jeff.  It may take
>some time for you to get an answer since all seed growers are swamped at
>this time of year.
>Good gardening,
>Chuck Wyatt
Chinese Lantern is a physalis, and very very invastive.  Margaret