Re: [tomato] Advice on starting my nxt crop of Tomatoes (
Sat, 5 Jun 1999 07:47:39 -0500

On 3 Jun 99, at 11:11, Doreen Howard wrote:

> Another tomato to try in the Houston soup is Texas Wild.  It's an heirloom
> that produces pea-size fruits by the bushel.  

I'll second that one! It's tough cookie.

You mentioned Heatwave and Solar Set. Like you, I think they are 
tasteless. A couple of days ago I had the "pleasure" of going 
through a field of 6,000 Heatwave plants in the Texas Hill Country. I 
talked myself blue in the face trying to convince the grower to trial 
some open pollinated varieties. Got nowhere. Still, I can empathize 
with the grower: it's the family's livelihood and everyone from the 
Extension office to the other growers in the county all say "gotta 
grow Heatwave". 

But another market grower who has grown hybrids exclusively for a 
dozen years has told me that he will trial a half dozen or so o.p. 
varieties for his PYO (pick your own) operation next season. I think 
he will do well with them, and once people get to TASTE a REAL 
tomato word (and saved seed) will spread. Chuck's right when he 
says there's no comparison between a hybrid and an open 
pollinated variety in the taste department.

Catharine/Atlanta and Fredericksburg, Texas