bwx nar trial run
This summer, I'm growing one plant of the F1 generation of a cross between
Brandywine and Neves Azorean Red.
The idea is for a large red tomato with good flavor on a vigorous vine.
If someone wants to look for potato leaf vines in subsequent generations,
fine and dandy.
The Brandywine parent was this tomato grown from seed sold by Livingston Seed Company,
Columbus, Ohio. The tomato with the tag on it is the seed parent hanging on
a potato leaf vine that bore about 30 ripe pink fruit from 115 days
past transplant to about 125 days past transplant.
Here's the leaf shape of the seed parent ... fairly typical of Brandywine, I think.
I don't have any pictures of the pollen parent leaf shapes, but Neves Azorean Red
leaves and growth habit kind of reminded me of Jet Star in a way.
Anyway, here are some shots of the pollen parent's fruit ... Neves Azorean Red.
It was a really tasty, meaty red fruit with all the seeds pinwheeled around the dense core.
Okay ... here's the tomato from the F1 Brandywine x NAR seed ...
it ripened in about 87 days ... but this year, May was
much warmer and drier than last year.
The F1 Brandywine x NAR is a very very juicy, dense tomato with very few seeds.
What you notice is that the seed cell distribution is more like the Brandywine ...
dispersed across the entire cross section rather than pinwheeled
around a solid central core like the NAR ... but it's still dense and meaty.
Okay ... TomTrees has some F1 seed and has an F1 plant growing in New Jersey.
He noted that his fruit looks more ribbed ... kind of like little green pumpkins.
Yes, the fruit should all be the same on all F1 plants, and the little green fruit
on my F1 plant also were very ribbed ... well most of them were ...
some of them more so than others.
While I've had fantastic tomato growing weather out here, I understand
it was a little cooler and wetter in New Jersey ... but maybe
Tom will have some Brandywine x NAR to show us soon for comparison.