Re: [tomato] Hybrids vs. Non-Hybrids

Karen (
Sun, 18 Jun 2000 00:30:55 -0400

>     I grew Big Beef last year and was extremely disappointed. It was very
> thick skinned and flavorless, although the fruits lasted a long time and
> very nicely uniformly round.  In other words, mine came out very similar
> grocery tomatoes.
>     How is Big Beef supposed to come out?  Maybe the plant they sold me
> actually something else. Maybe it just didn't like my dirt or something.
> think I should give it another chance?
>     I grew Beefmaster last year and enjoyed it and am growing Celebrity,
> Lemon Boy and a few others you mentioned this year. I've also planted
> 16 varieties of heirlooms this year, so I should start having more of an
> opinion later in the summer.
>     Michael
>     Summerville SC
>     Zone 8

Hi Michael,
I live in Columbia, SC and most of the Beef Stake tomatoes do not do well
here, they taste exactly as you described.   I grew up in Chicago and my
mother used to grow this variety and was delicious.  I think the heat and
humidity has something to do with it.
Karen SC Zone 8