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Post  shocks20 on Wed 20 Jul 2011 - 19:14

Does anyone here grow Federle Tomato plants? I ordered two plants online (including four other tomato types), and only one survived shipping(not a happy camper about this! Mad ). I thought the one that survived was a federle, but I'm thinking it is not as the tomatoes growing right now are very round. Federles are supposed to be very long like a pepper and have very little gel, good for making salsa. I'm super disappointed, but not much I can do at this point. I emailed the place I got them from but never got a response. Needless to say, I won't be ordering from there ever again!

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Post  Goosegirl on Wed 20 Jul 2011 - 19:27

I have a pepper plant with the same basic issue. I bought a seedling marked Golden Bell. The peppers on it are 4-5 inches long, pointy, and 1 inch wide at the shoulder. Definitely NOT a bell! Sweet Banana? Hungarian Wax? The Unknown Pepper.....

I will not be buying my seedlings at that store anymore. Obviously the tags get moved and messed with, so I will just have to be more careful with my home seed starting so I don't have to rely on transplants. My own fault I killed my seedlings.....

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Post  westie42 on Wed 20 Jul 2011 - 19:48

That even happens once in a while when I grow my own.

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on Wed 20 Jul 2011 - 20:02

Shocks, We're growing Federle, and as soon as I saw your post, I ran out to see what the fruits look like. Three Federle tomatoes (planted from seed) have lots of blooms, no fruits. The majority of our tomato plants with fruit are "potato leaf" types....Federle has the regular fine-cut leaves. That's the best help I can give until our Feds produce fruit, which may be just this side of forever given the wet, cool weather this year in Pacific NW. Sorry I couldn't be of more help; maybe later. Nonna

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Post  shocks20 on Wed 20 Jul 2011 - 20:12

Thanks Nonna! I guess I will have a suprise either way, since I don't know which of the other four varieties this is!!
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Post  westie42 on Wed 20 Jul 2011 - 20:21

Ok I see the federle is an 85 day heirloom paste with few seeds. It looks a lot ripe fruit wise like the potato leafed opalka I grew a couple times and struggled to appreciate. I can pick them up close by at the seed savers exchange near Decorah. What attracted you to this variety and is it a repeat for you.

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on Wed 20 Jul 2011 - 20:42

Personally, I picked Federle because of this description (Seed Savers Exchange):

Description: Indeterminate; Paste Tomato;

Introduced to SSE in 1991 by R. W. Richardson of New York. Original seed obtained through a swap with a West Virginia gardener. Productive plants loaded with 7" long red paste tomatoes. Rich full flavor and few seeds. Excellent for processing, especially good for salsa. Indeterminate, 85 days from transplant.



The picture I pasted to this description is indeed long and narrow, not round. What got me was "rich full flavor," and "good for salsa." Nonna

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Post  westie42 on Wed 20 Jul 2011 - 20:52

Thanks Nonna I saw that add to. I get past there a couple time a month so think I mite check their gardens to see them growing first hand. Seed savers is a pretty cool place. 85 days would put it late season for me when I mite have a little more time to do salsa.
PS Guess what Nonna you are not the first to say just that. I waited almost 30years to get there after my mother had just passed, she went there several time a season now I cary on that tradition. Yes that county is chock full of similar small natural or organic enterprises.


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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on Wed 20 Jul 2011 - 20:53

Westie, Admit I'm envious of your ability to visit SSE. I love their magazine and have always had very good service from them. Good folks. Nonna

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Post  shocks20 on Thu 21 Jul 2011 - 6:41

Westie,
I was also attracted to the federle by its description...I love making salsa, but hate all the seeds and gel! I will be buying seeds from SSE for next year and starting my own...I did start my own tomatoes last year and they did well...this year we were doing some home renovations and didn't have the space to have starts!
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Post  westie42 on Thu 21 Jul 2011 - 6:58

Shocks20 SSE is only about 70 mies south of Rochester and just off 52. If you are in that area it’s an interesting visit looking all the gardens/fields over and a nice store of all their seeds ,books and quite a bit more of interest to a gardener. Not quite a like a trip to Apple Valley but nice and satisfying to a gardener.

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Post  shocks20 on Thu 21 Jul 2011 - 7:12

Well, I'll have to take a trip down there sometime!! Very Happy
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Post  camprn on Thu 21 Jul 2011 - 9:26

Shocks, they look a lot like my Gilberties. I have seed if you want some to try next year. PM me if you want seed.
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Post  shocks20 on Thu 21 Jul 2011 - 13:46

Camprn--I'll pm ya in a bit...do gilberties make good salsa?! I make my salsa chunky (the fresh stuff anyways) so need a tomato that doesn't get super mushy once cut. Minimal gel and seeds are a bonus!! Wink
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Post  petals1973 on Thu 21 Jul 2011 - 22:51

Camprn,

Do you know if gilberties would do well in the TX heat? I've been thinking about trying them next year.


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Post  camprn on Fri 22 Jul 2011 - 15:05

Well, it is 90F here in the shade today and they look pretty darned happy. I think it's all about the water and the tall trellis. Very Happy The original seed came from here.
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Post  petals1973 on Fri 22 Jul 2011 - 15:39

@camprn wrote:Well, it is 90F here in the shade today and they look pretty darned happy. I think it's all about the water and the tall trellis. Very Happy The original seed came from here.
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Thanks for the link! I'll have to check them out.
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