Re: [tomato] Advice on starting my nxt crop of Tomatoes

Doreen Howard (
Thu, 3 Jun 1999 11:11:02 -0500

Another tomato to try in the Houston soup is Texas Wild.  It's an heirloom
that produces pea-size fruits by the bushel.  It's disease resistant, will
set in high heat and produces until frost.  You can find plant sources by
calling the Harris County Extension Service in Bear Creek Park (they are in
the book) and asking to speak to a Master Gardener or to the hort. agent
Bill Adams.  Covington Gardens Nursery on N. Airline Dr. used to carry these
plants, but I think they are out of business now.  Also, if you send your
snail mail address, I can send you a few seeds, too.  I wouldn't bother with
the touted heat varieties like Heatwave and Solar Set.  They don't have any
flavor and they don't perform as advertised in my experience.  Chuck is
correct about Mortgage Lifter performing in the heat.  It's the one of the
few large type heirlooms that has  normal blossoms that don't split in the
heat and humidity.  Mortgage Lifter will set when others won't.  So if you
are after a big boy, try Chuck's Red Mortgage Lifter.  I've grown the
regular Mortgage Lifter and had terrific luck.
Doreen Howard
Zone 5b, Central Illinois, where the corn is an inch-high and the potatoes
are 5 feet tall.

-----Original Message-----
From: ChuckWyatt/Md/Z7 <>
To: <>
Date: Wednesday, June 02, 1999 9:59 PM
Subject: RE: [tomato] Advice on starting my nxt crop of Tomatoes

>Hi Richard,
>I am a firm believer in the saying, "The only thing worse than no coach is
>two coaches"  and it seems you have a good one who has similar experiences.
> I can only generalize so will bow out by suggesting you try Homestead
>24-F, Super Sioux or Red Mortgage Lifter.  All do well in intense heat and
>are as disease resistant as any.
>Good gardening,
>Chuck Wyatt