My Deliciouses are producing! It wasn't the heat that was causing blossom drop; it was the cold. Because this June was the coldest and wettest I've ever seen in Wyoming, I really can't say whether even a hybrid would have produced, though my neighbor's hybrids have been producing.
It's easy to tell when our periodic cold spells ended, just by looking at the plants. July 8 was our last day below 40. After that, I have tomatoes: Little guys, but tomatoes nonetheless.
I revived this thread, though, to mention something that hit me yesterday about the article I used to start it. The author said something about heirlooms only producing two tomatoes per plant
. I was watching my tomatoes grow yesterday, and it occurred to me that there were only one or two tomatoes per vine
, all the way up.
The author didn't do his research. He lost credibility with me, as did the magazine. I feel cheated. One little error like this makes me suspect he just regurgitated, and not well, the information he was likely provided by another. He appears now in the light of a mouthpiece for Monsanto.
I've lost respect for the magazine, too. I used to believe the Scientific American
was a reputable trade periodical. Not anymore. There's a huge difference between a plant
and a vine