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5/10/11 3:23 P

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These were all heirloom seeds from Burpee that I started myself.

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5/9/11 5:44 P

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What zone are you in? Were you referring to plants you started yourself from seeds or seedlings you bought from a nursery?






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5/9/11 5:34 P

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This is our first year really trying tomatoes, bell peppers and well almost everything. The only things that we had no issues with was the beans and peas.

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Mine aren't doing well this year either. They did better when I had access to natural sunlight. Even under the "grow" lights, this year is worse than last year. I think it may be due to the starting medium. This year I tried those Jiffy "pellets" that expand with water (prior years I used a Park Bio dome) and even though I transplanted them into larger pots; they just took longer, not only to germinate, but to get big enough to transplant. I even had them on a seedling heat mat. So, I think it's a combination ot the light and seed starting medium. Did you do anything different this year?






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5/9/11 11:46 A

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I must admit, our seedlings are pretty sad. For those who do start maters by seed, how do you get them to thrive? Ours stayed extremely small!

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5/8/11 7:57 A

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Hi All / Hi Dukeleto,
I am new to this group and just started reading the postings. I live in Milwaukee and am really excited that gardening season is finally upon us!

Dukeleto, I am curious as to why you said "yulk" to tomato hybrids. What kind of experience have you had?
Thanks!

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5/4/11 11:08 P

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Wellll how limited? I do have a yard but lots of big trees. I did break down and order 3 Mortgage Lifter heirlooms from Cooks garden because they had a "no shipping charges" if you bought 3 plants and with all this darn rainy weather my seedlings aren't very big! I'll have containers all over the place. I think I may plant some in my front yard!






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You guys are funny talking about having limited space and only putting in 16 tomatoes! I have limited space and only have room for 2.... emoticon

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well maybe some volunteers will come up from last year from the compost pile.... me I got my spinach planted.

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5/3/11 8:30 P

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I do to but I'm always trying new varieties. Sorry, if it sounded as if I was discouraging someone from starting seeds, I've been doing it for 20 some years...just feeling frustrated by all this rain and not being able to get them planted! The last two years we had terrible growing seasons, even the farmers were complaining. Yields weren't good due to late season blight, etc.due to the weather, Sometimes starting by seed seems like a lot of work if you don't see results.






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5/3/11 5:52 P

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Tomato seeds stay viable for several years, so when I buy a pack it last me 3-4 years. The 3rd & 4th year I usually put 2-3 seeds in each cell so if more than 1 plant comes up I pull the extras.

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5/3/11 3:12 P

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I start from seeds also, but am beginning to realize that my tomatoes would cost $50/lb. if I sold them at cost...only kidding! When I started growing heirlooms hardly anyone even sold the seeds. I could only get them from Totally Tomatoes and Johnny's. Even though my husband saved me money by rigging grow lights over shelving it's still costly. I only use a few seeds out of each packet which I paid shipping on, had to buy organic starting mix, a timer, a cold frame etc.(I don't have adequate windowsills or sunlight). But the taste is worth $50.00/lb.!
I also only plant around 16 in limited raised beds. If I could have just bought plants years ago before I invested in all this I would have. On the plus side I can try varieties I probably wouldn't find in ready to order plants.
Duke I'd like to know which company you ordered those unusual varieties from
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5/3/11 1:24 P

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Hiya mom,

We tried to grow from seeds for a couple of years but it just didnt work out. The seedlings would sprout but never grow to be healthy enough to transplant.

Also our garden area is small, so we can only really set out 12-15 tomato plants and we have been trying out different varietes to see what grows best/we like best.



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Sorry but I have to ask why you would order tomato starts by mail? They are so tender I can't imagine them making it. They are so easy to start. You can still start seeds and certainly in your area they will catch up to previously started plants.

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How very frustrating! Hope you are able to find some locally.

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5/2/11 6:32 P

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hiya gabby308,

The company was willing but I opted for a credit on next years order. Plants should be in the ground mid-april here.

Good luck with yours this year!

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So sorry...what a disappointment! If you notify the company they will send you more for free. I have never had a problem with a company refusing to. Black Krim are my absolute favorite!! I also love Ananas Noire. How lucky you are to be able to buy Heirlooms locally. I did find Brandywine locally last year. I'm glad that the heirloom's are becoming more popular. 10 years ago no one around here knew what I was talking about and there were only a couple of seed companies that carried the seeds. Now even Burpee has heirlooms! Every year I try at least one new variety. This year it's Ponderosa Pink because some company sent me free seeds with my order. Next year I'll have to try Paul Robeson and Purple Haze! emoticon






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Checked a couple of the super centers at lunch time and found a few heirloom varietes mixed in with their usual fair. I was able to get some Cherokee Purple's, Black Krim's, Marion's and a couple varieites I'm not familiar with.

Unfortunately, this year will go without Paul Robeson's and Purple Hazes.

At least it will be far better than the supermarket fair!



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I just learned the priority package sat at the post office for 6 days after the had supposedly notified me. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Looks like im gonna have to plant hybrids this year...... (yulk!)

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Shipping and lack of water can put them in shock. As suggested water, let them rest. When you plant them use a little root stimulator on them. My husband did this with all of our seedlings (vs the ones I planted without it?) and all of his plantings are outgrowing mine.

I didn't know. Now I do. Root stimulator helps.

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Aside from contacting the company, water them well and put them in a shady location for 2-3 days. Hopefully many of them will recover. Then harden them off by slowly moving them to a sunnier location over several days.

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Thanks, I have sent them an email and will likely hear from them shortly. They do a strong business and have been good to work with in the past. Even so I think I need to find a supplier closer to home. Shipping cross country just isn't working out.



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Most nurseries will send replacements. definitely notify them.

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Wow, I would be bummed, too. You need to call the company and then e-mail them some pictures. They need to be aware.

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My heirloom tomato plants finally arrived a few days ago, but apparently had been delayed in shipping from california to south carolina. They arrived so stressed that only a few will survive :(

I don't know anywhere I can get the plants locally and its too late to try to reorder.....

I'm thoroughly bummed out!



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