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Brandywine is one of the tomato varieties I ordered. Anyone have experience with them?

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One of my favorite  tomatoes. they taste great. They look odd because the have ridges. they split pretty easy if you over water or water too fast.


Disclaimer: All photographs uploaded here were taken for my own use. You do not see any weeds. It is you imagination.

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I have grown the Brandywine Pink and Red.   Both had a great taste, but like mentioned above, they crack easily with heavy rains when they are close to ripe.

I am taking a year off with Heirlooms as the Brandywine and others just seem too wimpy for some reason......and end up with an issue.....disease, blight, bugs.......

Good luck this year with the BW.    I hope they produce well for you.

ccat

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I love Brandywine...have grown them for years. I grow them organically but really never have had too terribly many problems with disease, bugs,etc. I love the old fashioned taste.....I may just have lucked out with the lack of many problems, because I do know heirlooms don't have the protections of hybrids. Anyway....try a few and use good methods of ventilation spacing, mulch the ground below,etc. , cut off any diseased looking stems or branches  as they appear,etc. Worth trying to see if you like the taste.

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Another one of my favorite tomatoes are Cherokee Purple. Some of the best flavored tomatoes you can grow.


Disclaimer: All photographs uploaded here were taken for my own use. You do not see any weeds. It is you imagination.

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I’ve always heard good things about the Cherokee purple. May try them next year. See how the brandy wines do this year. Probably still set out a few Bonnie plants just in case. Bonnie plants don’t seem to be as good as they used to be. 

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Bonnie is using growth regulators in Tomatoes and peppers now....if you buy them, I was told to buy their organic ones ONLY to insure no GR's are used.

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  I have grown them but Iike the Cherokee Purple better for flavor and makes a better shaped tomato.

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I had bad luck with my one attempt with Cherokee Purple....I thought a a small mouse had died on one of the leaves. It was not an animal....it was a THING that was gray and fuzzy on top like velvet  and looked like white shiny fat tissue underneath....GROSS!!!   Plus it grew well for about 3 ft and then all all the new leaves were extremely tiny after that.  Other than that the plant looked healthy.  Only got a few tomatoes off of it....were fairly good but nothing to brag about.

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i grew cherokee purple for a few years.  they do have outstanding flavor, but take a good while to ripen up.  i would get them in as soon as you can before the heat kicks in.  every year my tomatoes stop doing anything and i just end up watering them until the heat breaks. 

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I remember you mentioning the growth regulating in earlier post a little while back. That’s main reason I decided to try some from seed this time. Will have to remember to check bonnies organic varieties. I know my Bonnie tomatoes haven’t done as good these last couple years.

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I have similar experience with Brandywine.  I have grown them a couple times.  Super delicious tomato, one of the best I've ever tried, but they are a tad fragile. But, I do live in South La. so our heat and bugs are on the extreme side.

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On 1/13/2020 at 11:33 PM, Fred said:

  I have grown them but Iike the Cherokee Purple better for flavor and makes a better shaped tomato.

Fred....I have always found that the uglier a tomato,the better it tastes.😀

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