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Re: Brandywine-specific question

Post  llama momma on 9/24/2012, 8:20 am

Roseinarosecity wrote:Dear Gardeners,
... A woman in the Q&A section of Rosalind Creasy's talk asked why her Brandywine tomato plant did not produce tomatoes. Ms. Creasy answered that the Brandywine tomato originated in Ohio and...humidity helps ...and Floyd states, different regions having different results with the same tomatoes...
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Thank you for that information!
I can confirm the summer humidity levels here in central Ohio are high and uncomfortable. That helps explain the decent Brandywine production. Cause I know I'm not a gifted gardener. Wink
First time growing 1880's Amish Paste Brandywine did pretty well, even though it dropped blossoms. Now I understand the reason- insufficient pollination of all 8 ovaries.
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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 9/24/2012, 10:38 am

Wow! what a great discussion, and all the helpful information.

Rose, like you, Brandywine has been largely a bust for me here in St. Helens, OR, but for flavor and decent fruit set, Black Sea Man has been great. Not as big a fruit set as Early Girl, but sooo much more flavor. If you'd like to try it, send me a P.M. and I'll mail you some of the seed I just received from Tomatofest. Nonna

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Post  yolos on 9/24/2012, 10:45 am

I am gardening in Brooks, GA. With very high high humidity in the middle of the summer. Although I had high humidity I still had no flower set because of the high temperatures (I assume). So humidity by itself does not help fruit set. I basically had no Brandywine in July and August on my one plant. Since August (after the temperatures moderated), I have picked 6 Brandywine. So maybe the answer is high humidity and moderate temperatures.
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Post  greatgranny on 9/24/2012, 6:05 pm

yolos wrote:I am gardening in Brooks, GA. With very high high humidity in the middle of the summer. Although I had high humidity I still had no flower set because of the high temperatures (I assume). So humidity by itself does not help fruit set. I basically had no Brandywine in July and August on my one plant. Since August (after the temperatures moderated), I have picked 6 Brandywine. So maybe the answer is high humidity and moderate temperatures.

I think you are correct. Even though the area I live in had some very uncomfortable heat this summer there was high humidity. For me the fact that my toms got some shade in the afternoon was a factor that made for a very productive yield.

Just finished picking the rest of my 2 Brandywine plants. Frost nipped them a bit last night - even though there was none in the forecast. The toms themselves were not harmed so I picked the rest today.

I have now harvested a total of 54 tomatoes and a total of 39 pounds. I would say that is amazing since I know that many have not had that success. Wondering if my variety also contributed to that. I purchased two plants from a local nursery. Maybe they are wise enough to only sell what is compatible for this area. I guess I will have to ask them.
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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 9/24/2012, 6:10 pm

greatgranny, please share the information you glean from the nursery. We keep hearing how delicious a Brandywine is, and we try to grow them without much success. Perhaps it is the varietal. In the meantime: WOW, 39 pounds from two plants! Totally impressive, I'm here to tell 'ya. Nonna

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Post  floyd1440 on 9/24/2012, 7:53 pm

yolos wrote:The following is the best web site I have ever seen when wanting information on specific varieties of vegetables. I was searching for information on various broccoli varieties and stumbled upon reviews for Brandywine. In the upper left you can type in any variety of vegetable and usually get results. Below the map are the reviews by different growers. Check it out.

http://vegvariety.cce.cornell.edu/main/detail.php?variety_id=1671


Based on the reviews for Brandywine, I think I will try the Brandywine - pink Suddath (Quisenberry strain) sold at Johnny's (or so the reviewer said). Apparently heat is a problem with fruit set. I will try to start as early as I can in the spring using row covers. One thing that many of the reviews said was Brandwine are slow to mature. But I picked my first Brandywine at the same time I picked my first Early Girl. Go figure.

Nice link.... I got my Brandywines from Johnny's I had problems with them setting when it got very hot but when it cooled down several set on each plant but probably will not turn; but I like green toms anyway. Bottomline they are not as prolific as other tomatoes so may plant less of the pink Brandys next year but hopefully it will not be so hot next summer and I will have better results........

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Re: Brandywine-specific question

Post  greatgranny on 9/24/2012, 11:05 pm

Nonna.PapaVino wrote:greatgranny, please share the information you glean from the nursery. We keep hearing how delicious a Brandywine is, and we try to grow them without much success. Perhaps it is the varietal. In the meantime: WOW, 39 pounds from two plants! Totally impressive, I'm here to tell 'ya. Nonna

As soon as I can reach them I will ask them. Both of the owners are very well versed in organic gardening, etc.
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