Re: [tomato] silvery fir tree

Doreen Howard (
Wed, 4 Aug 1999 19:45:21 -0500

Silvery Fir Tree is a determinate tomato that goes about 24-30 inches in
height.  Sometimes the width is a little more--mine this year spread about
38 inches.  So what you are seeing is normal.  The reason I plant SFT is
that they also set fruit in cold temperatures.  They are the first fresh
homegrown tomato in my garden at about 55 days after setting out.  I've seen
them set fruit on 45F nights.  Conversely, Russian varieties like SFT will
take the heat and seem to adapt to higher setting points, too.  All in all,
the Russians are tough cookies.
Doreen Howard
-----Original Message-----
From: Ian Stoba & Laurie Mandigo-Stoba <>
To: <>
Date: Wednesday, August 04, 1999 4:52 PM
Subject: [tomato] silvery fir tree

>I'm so pleased with the Silvery Fir Tree tomatoes that I planted this
>summer.  So far they really hung in there and managed to set fruit during
>this drought and heat wave in New York while all my other tomatoes dropped
>their flowers twice before managing to set a small amount of fruit.  So far
>all is still green, but I also got a late start this Spring.  They're
>growing in a very compact way (maybe 2-3 feet tall, and very roundish) and
>I'm wondering if anyone who's grown them regularly can tell me, is this
>their normal growth?  I'm not certain whether it's normal, or perhaps due
>to the weather.
>Regards, Laurie
>Wappingers Falls, NY