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2009 Growing Journal: Early Girl Tomato vs. Jetsetter Tomato

2010 Growing Journal Start Page:

- Siberian Tomato vs Stupice Tomato

- Bloody Butcher vs Gregori's Altai Tomato

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2010 Growing Journal:

 

Siberian Tomato vs Stupice Tomato
Bloody Butcher Tomato & Gregori's Altai Tomato

April 30th Journal Start: Planted Stupice, Siberia, Bloody Butcher and Gregori's Altai tomatoes in 10 gallon containers. The Stupice and Siberian were young. I had a late start on getting them transplanted outside this year. This could set me back when the high temperatures come in this summer. I would have preferred to have them all transplanted outside on April 15th, but various circumstances prevented it. A late start to the season.

The Stupice Tomato is a popular, well known and garden veteran from the former nation of Czechoslavakia. This potato leaf early season tomato ripens in 55+ days with 2-3 inch red fruits on compact but indeterminate vines. Pronounced (Stoo-Peech-kah).

Siberian Tomato is another popular early season tomato known for it's tolerance to cold weather. Our seeds came from Seed Savers Exchange who writes: "Dwarf sprawling plants with early sets of fruits. From the late Edward Lowden collection, seedsman from Ontario. Egg-shaped 2-3" fruits, good strong flavor. Not to be confused with Siberia, Siberian is superior in all qualities. Determinate, 57-60 days."

 

The Bloody Butcher Tomato is another well known early season tomato that produces 2-3 inch red fruit in the 3-4 ounce range in clusters of 5 to 9. Compact indeteriminate plant that offers mature fruit in 55+ days. Some growers at DavesGarden report it to be tasty and delicious, while others disagreed. We'll put it to our taste test this year with my wife, the tomato connosieur.

Gregori's Altai Tomato: This one was recommended to us by Darrel Jones of SelectedPlants.com who said it would resist the high temperatures of the Oklahoma Summer (Hot weather resistant tomato) and is a good producer of pinkish-red beefsteak style fruit in the heavier range of 8+ ounces in 65-70 days on indeteriminate vines. Reported to be very delicious with great crop production. Online seed sellers report this variety comes from Siberia and originated in the Altai Mountains on the Chinese border and West Siberia, and also near the Kazakhstan border.

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May 10th Update: There has been hardly any rain until the last few days, which hasn't been enough to cause the rapid growth we got last year from 2 weeks of rain. The growth so far this year is very disappointing and will cause problems later on when the high temperatures come in and affect the blossoms and fruit set.

These are the four 10 gallon containers where I will be growing and comparing our 4 early season variety tomatoes for 2010. From left to right, Siberian, Stupice, Gregori's Altai and Bloody Butcher. The Siberian and Stupice are about 2 weeks younger than the Gregori's Altai and Bloody Butcher. Although we purchased our dream home with 2.5 acres last October, the spacious area we have designated for our future garden will not be ready until 2011 as we are busy cleaning up and taking care of other "to dos." The area below is the future home of our 6500 square foot garden area.

Panorama of Future Garden

(Opens larger image in new window.) More clearing and work needs to be done before this garden area is completed, including the installation of raised beds and irrigation. This is behind our house and includes 6500 square feet. There is probably another 65,000 square feet of garden space off to the right of this image, which is to the north. So there is plenty of room to grow, or grow all our own food I should say.

Siberian and Stupice

Undersized at a little over six weeks old. A lack of rain this May/April so far has prevented the rapid growth I was hoping for that we got last year. Nothing is better for fast growth than plenty of natural rainwater and sunshine. Note the leaves on the Stupice at right, this is a potato leaf tomato. The good news is we are expecting rain the next 3-5 days and that should promote some good growth.

The Stupice and Siberian are both very early season tomatoes, 55 to 57 days respectively, and we will be informally comparing them for speed, taste, size and production. I doubt I will be weighing and measuring each tomato as it comes off the vine, so the comparison will be subjective.

Gregori's Altai & Bloody Butcher

Gregori's Altai on the left, Bloody Butcher on the right. Notice that like the Stupice, the Bloody Butcher is a potato leaf tomato. It's also an indeterminate plant, but on a compact vine that's shorter than other indeterminate tomatoes. These two tomatoes are approx. two weeks ahead of the Siberian and Stupice above.

The Bloody Butcher offers fruit much faster than the Gregori's Altai, but that's not why we are comparing these two. I want to compare them for their ability to stand up to the Oklahoma heat. They are really different tomatoes (see above description) so there is not much else to compare, but we will be reporting on size and taste, as well as heat and disease resistance.

Future Updates will be posted here:

Siberian & Stupice June through Sept. 1

Gregori's Altai & Bloody Butcher, June through Sept. 1

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