Spring Planting 2018

Winter indoor giant tomato contest was terminated a couple of weeks ago.  This 0.548 lb. Domingo tomato was beat out by all but one other contestant at bigpumpkins.com:

Big tan spot resulted from scorching from the 400-watt metal halide bulb, occuring after I had left off the shade cloth after taking pictures one day.

The Venus mini-dwarf plants produced very well indoors and fresh seeds are now dried and ready to go:

https://www.delectationoftomatoes.com/store/p1479/Venus.html

Light stand set up a couple of weeks ago in a recessed part of a basement room.  It’s a wire rack with 4 shelves and is arranged to be able to hold 20 trays at 5 levels (including floor), with two 2-bulb, 40-watt T-12 fluorescent bulbs.  The stand is surrounded by mylar fabric (emergency blankets).  Here’s what I used for the front/curtain:

Indoor seed planting project is about 50% complete.  A few super hot peppers were planted on March 03 – so far ZERO germination on 8 of these varieties:

Aribibi
Bhut Jolokia, Chocolate
Bonda Mas Jacques
Caramel Moruga
Carolina Reaper
Charapita
Fatalii, Red
Genghis Khan Brain
Habanero
Habanero, Red
Jay’s Peach Ghost Scorpion
Naga Morich
Pinga de Mono
Red Douglah
Rocoto Red
Taknotsume
Tango
Trinidad Chocolate Scorpion
Trinidad Scorpion
White 7 Pod
Yellow Brain Strain

A few early tomato varieties were started on March 15.  Here’s what the tray looks like now:

And here is the list of varieties:

Andy Buckflat’s Wonder
Bison
Bloody Butcher
Carbon
Forest Fire
Fourth of July (OP, PL)
Glacier
Grub’s Mystery Green
Krainiy Sever
Malina Treston
Moravsky Div
Moscow
Orange Bourgoin
Red Alert
Sasha’s Altai
Sasha’s Altai
Siberian
Skubi
Sophie’s Choice
Stupice
Uralskiy Ranniy
Utyonok

Planting seeds of tomato varieties to share with other growers was completed on March 30; here is the list of 73 varieties:

Absinthe
Amazon Chocolate
Andy Buckflat’s Wonder
Aunt Gerties Gold
Auria
Berkeley Tie-dye Heart
Big Zac
Black Beauty
Black Cherry
Black Mountain Pink
Brandy Boy
Brandywine from Croatia, PL
Brazilian Beauty
Budonovka Starinnaya
Carbon
Chocolate Cherry
Dachtyla Mynoa
Daniel Burson
Domingo
Dwarf Russian Swirl
Dyvo
Dyvo bicolor
Elfie
Fourth of July OP (PL)
Gezahnte Buhrer-Keel
Giant Italian Paste
Goluboy Les
Green Doctors Frosted
Grub’s Mystery Green
Hawaiian Pineapple
Hillbilly
Ispanskiy Gigant
Joe’s Pink Oxheart
June Pink
Jutland
KBX
Kosovo
Lucinda
Maddeline’s Vine Candy
Malina Treston
Nochnaya Svecha
Orange Bourgoin
Peaches and Cream
Pineapple
Pleated Carnelian
Purple Reign
Qiyanai-Huang
Radishchevskyie
Regina Yellow
Rhoades Heirloom
Rose Quartz
Russian Rose
Sainte-Lucie
Sasha’s Altai
Slankards
Smuggler’s
Spudakee
Staroobryadcheskyi
Summer Sunrise
Super Choice
Sweet Apertif
Tadzhikskyie
Tamara
Tsindao
Ukh, Visit!
Venus
Violet Jasper
Virginia Sweets
Wessel’s Purple Pride
Wild Thyme Purple
Work Release Paste
Yaponiya
Yusupovskyi S Fergany

Peppers for sharing includes these 14 varieties:

Anaheim
Carmagnola
Doe Hill
Fresno
Jalapeño, Traveler’s Strain
Le Rouge Royal
Lesya Necsi
Lipstick
Margaret’s
Mini Chimes Orange
Paper Lantern
Purple Beauty
Satsuma
Spanish Spice OP

Eggplant varieties to share:

Antigua
ARAP
Brazilian Oval Orange
Casper
Diamond
Mestisa
Orient Charm
Orient Express
Ping Tung

And peppers for seed propagation, these 37 varieties:

Aleppo
Bahamian Goat
Big Bertha
Bleeding Borg 9
Blushing Beauty
Burgundy 7 Pod
Carmen Sweet
Carpatia
Chocolate Borg 9
Chocolate Brainstrain
Chocolate Habanero
Chocolate Naga X Brain
Congo Trinidad
Corno di Toro Giallo
Corno di Toro Rosso
Duke Italian
Full Moon Orange Thai
Giallo d’Asti
Giant Aconcagua
Golden California Wonder
Golden Treasure
Gypsy
Habanero
Italian Pepperoncini
Joe’s Big Blocky
Mini Sweet Orange, Store
Mini Sweet Red, Store
Nano Cortona
NuMex Big Jim
Oda
Paradiscom Alaku Sarga Szentes
Red Douglah
Roberto’s Cuban Seasoning
Senise
Striped Holland, F2, F3
Super Heavyweight
Tabasco (Annco BGft?)

Several varieties of brassicus, alliums, greens and herbs were also planted indoors and are mostly growing well.

Currently, the list of “must grow” tomato varieties for seed propagation has been trimmed drastically, down to “only” 533 varieties.  What to do, what to do…  That list will be posted in a few days.

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