Re: [tomato] Befmasters

Greg Park (
Thu, 2 Sep 1999 09:17:31 -0700

Hi Ron,

Yeah, the season down here has been downright silly.  I live in Redondo
Beach and it's butt cold!  I'm trying to grow fall tomatoes for the Internet
Tomato Trials, and they are barely surviving.

I'm growing 10 varieties of Heirlooms this year.  None of them are ripe yet.
Check with me later in the year and I'll let you know which ones do well.
I've got 3 pinks, 2 reds, 3 bi-colors, and 1 red cherry growing at a friends
place near LAX.  The plants are all growing phenomenally and fruit is
setting like crazy.  They are just taking their sweet time ripening.

Enjoy them beefsteaks!

Best regards,

-----Original Message-----
From: Ron Hay <>
To: <>
Date: Wednesday, September 01, 1999 4:24 PM
Subject: [tomato] Befmasters

>Hello, one and all.
>After this bizarre weather in Southern California, in the land where
>tomatoes should grow like weeds, at least in the interior valleys, our
>Burpee Beefmasters are finally (!) ripening.
>I picked one yesterday that weighed in at 1.65 lbs, and see several that
>will at least go a pound and a half. Not many, though, period. Our
>nights have been too cool, with only a handfull in the 70s, and this
>week, we actually turned off the a/c, and had an unheard of daytime high
>in Van Nuys of 75 degrees....when we should be about 95. Last night's
>low was 56, almost 10 degrees below normal. All of this is making for
>precious few beefsteaks...although we are ready for round 2 on our Romas
>and Early Girls.
>Next year I will just have to try some heirlooms. Any suggestions as to
>which types will thrive in zone 9, Sunset zone 21? I would greatly
>appreciate any comments.
>It's about time I tried growing some from seed, having bought our plants
>from the Green Arrow (local)nursery, since Burpee can no longer ship
>tomato plants or peppers to California.
>Thanks again.
>Van Nuys, CA