By and large, it appears that most of the fruits of this year's gardening experiment seemed to be undersize with one exception. Some reported having produced fruiting plants within un quadra de la playa, which is great news as it is indicative that this variant of solanacea has a tolerance to salt air at least to some degree.
The mother plant from which approximately 25-30 clones were derived produced around 50 fruit plus or minus. Yet late season the plant fell prone to plagas of multiple sorts. None of these fruits exceeded 2” in length. It was suspect that perhaps the parent seed stock was not of the variety that more typically produces 3-4 inch fruit.
A loyal bearer of the San Marzano flame spontaneously acquired for two packages of new seed stock for the San Marano Social Experiment. (you know who you are!!!!) Muchas gracias. Many other reported in with generally same results, with prolific fruit of smallish size. Yet!!! and drum roll please!! A champion gardener of many years experience from El Rebalsito reported in excess of 150 fruit of 3-4” size from a clone from the mother plant. After 150, they stopped counting. The most heartening aspect of this is that under best conditions these tomatoes are adaptable to growing in this climate and region using “organic” growing techniques. Further in the good news department is that there are lots of seed for next season.
“don't complain about the price of food with your mouth full”
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