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    Default Early Alaska tomatoes, I mean RIPE ones!

    Visited Mark today,
    He has been eating ripe tomatoes for a week already
    His MAT-Su Express (F1) are super early &
    Some of the F4s are turning.

    Mat Su - F4-A:
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    Default Mat su express F4-B

    Plants are all loading up with fruit
    The Mat su F4-B is a real producer with many good sized tomatoes
    on each truss like a cherry tomato
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    Default Of course the plants are man sized already !

    All the plants are producing & huge !
    Too many types to list, but

    As is "the norm" now ,
    Mr. Tomato is going to exceeded last year's production, " again ".

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudbuddy View Post
    Plants are all loading up with fruit
    The Mat su F4-B is a real producer with many good sized tomatoes
    on each truss like a cherry tomato
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    Wow. I want to make an effort to get some seeds or a start or two next season.

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    I have a Stupice plant on my back (southern) patio that has a blossom, even though I left them outside on a nite when it must have frosted as the Early Girl next to it is looking awful ragged from the low temps.. I have a little unheated Greenhouse full of tomato plants and not one of them has a blossom yet. That says an awful lot for the Stupice strain of tomato (IMHO)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old John View Post
    I have a Stupice plant on my back (southern) patio that has a blossom, even though I left them outside on a nite when it must have frosted as the Early Girl next to it is looking awful ragged from the low temps.. I have a little unheated Greenhouse full of tomato plants and not one of them has a blossom yet. That says an awful lot for the Stupice strain of tomato (IMHO)
    Based upon your testimony, I finally grew Stupice this year, and while I am still bringing them inside and out in pots, I am impressed with their growth structure, and I am getting flowers on one of them. They are very healthy looking plants. One question I have is that they seem to be very slow to grow vegetatively compared to my other varieties (Beaver, Glacier, Sungold, Taxi). The Stupice plants I started in February have been passed in size by the other varieties started a month later, while the Stupice I started late March are still pretty immature plants.

    I guess the question is, do Stupice require more days to maturity, or are they just smaller plants, or is it just me?

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    As far as size goes, yes the Stupice plants are somewhat smaller than many other varieties. I can't say that I paid particular attention as to which variety was the faster to produce, But I think the Stupice will be right up there with the early varieties. I'll have to pay closer attention to that this season.

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    Stopped by Mid Valley GH by the Harley shop yesterday & left with one more tomato to plant out in the garden.
    Also bought some flowers that are way healthier than the box stores.

    Mark's F1 of the Mat-Su-Express ( a super early forming & ripening tomato)
    It's a clone so I can see the plants potential growing in his GH (with ripe nice sized tomatoes on it )

    Discussed the calcium & magnesium deficiencies we get on our GH tomatoes here in Alaska.
    Lower leaf fading & spotty from not enough Magnesium & blossom end rot from not enough calcium .
    Plants here need way more nutrients because they grow 18 hour a day.

    Mark believes one of the problem that the plant foods we use are developed for the lower 48 where
    they get 12 hours of sun. We get 18 of sun here, so our plants growing/sleep cycle is way different.
    Plant growing faster with or long daylight here need more of the basic nutrients .

    Seeing the tomato plants in his GH, sure adds credence to that thought process.
    I'm now adding 3/4 tablespoon to 5 gallons/water of (epsom salt ) Magnesium sulfate,
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    and more calcium) to my GH plants.

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    Generic Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is cheap at the box stores
    & calcium nitrate , if not find locally,
    "google" yahoo search calcium nitrate fertilizer

    (PS: Don't over do & show the plants "too much love")
    a little goes a long way, more is not always better & can cause other "more serious" plant problems

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