aliall1
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Location: Zone 5a, IA

Wispy plum and paste types

I have grown most of my tomato plants from seed the last few years and I have noticed that many of the paste and plum type tomatoes plants are wispier and less robust than the other types I have grown. Has anyone else noticed this or is it just me.

My other plants are dark green, stocky, robust plants. Last year I tried Roma, Amish Paste and Rocky. This year I am trying Rocky and Roma again as well as Sicilian Plum. They are all my most spindly plants and the others look great. It takes them a long time to bear ripe fruit and the plants never look that healthy.

Any thoughts? Do you know of any paste/plum type tomatoes that might do a little better? I am in Zone 5, Iowa.

suncitylinda
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Its actually normal for many paste tomatoes to have "wilty, droopy foilage" They actually have a "Wilt Gene" as part of their genetic package. Common to paste and many hearts. I am growing some Opalkas that look wilted contantly, hard to get used to but normal, so I am told.

dustyrivergardens
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It is odd and they don't look right but that is how they grow. I grew San Marzano Redorta last year and it had the wispy gene this year I am growing the Opalka, Trentons tiger, Golden Gates all three have the wispey gene. Its surprising how they well they produce and looking kinda sick at the same time....lol

aliall1
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Location: Zone 5a, IA

Thanks for the replies. It is good to know that it is just the way these types grow. I guess I will keep them around then :)

Thanks!

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