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Post  llama momma on 7/5/2012, 8:42 am

Do Brandywines typically produce low amounts of fruit? There is only one fruit on a 3-1/2ft. tall plant. Right next to it is a mortgage lifter, roma and superweet 100's all about the same height yet producing lots of fruit.
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Post  Pollinator on 7/5/2012, 8:46 am

@llama momma wrote:Do Brandywines typically produce low amounts of fruit?

They are famous for that!
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Post  llama momma on 7/5/2012, 9:00 am

Ooooh! Thanks a bunch! Embarassed Well I may have to whisper to it, This better be worth it What a Face
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Post  GWN on 7/5/2012, 10:42 am

:scratch: When you say they are famous for that, do you mean that they are famous for producing low amounts of fruit?
Mine for the past few years have produced TONS for tomatoes.
They appear to be doing the same this year, last year many of them were 2 lbs each.
Are you getting many flowers? They send out these crazy flowers that take awhile to know if they have fertilized.
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Post  RoOsTeR on 7/5/2012, 10:44 am

Most of my tomatoes look pretty decent...except for my Brandywines thinking

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Post  gwennifer on 7/5/2012, 11:11 am

I have two Brandywines growing for the first time (did a hybrid last year). 3 1/2 feet tall. Been flowering for two months now but no fruit yet; the blossoms just fall off. Two Romas a few feet away are loaded with tomatoes, so I don't see how it's a pollination problem...
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Post  RoOsTeR on 7/5/2012, 11:16 am

I've had a lot of blossoms just fall off, on all my tomato plants really. I'm not sure if it's the high heat we've had or what? We do have lots of bees busy in the garden, so I don't think it's a pollination problem either (at least here) Most of my tomatoes look pretty good, but my brandywines just seem kinda wimpish.

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Post  boffer on 7/5/2012, 11:33 am

I got the impression from acara that Brandywines are a very persnickety plant. A real problem child for him.
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Post  llama momma on 7/5/2012, 11:47 am

Ok I took a closer look and there is a second one, duh. I thought it was a mortgage lifter from the next square over.. The larger one is all of a tiny 2 inches in diameter. I'll make this the avatar for now.
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Post  yolos on 7/5/2012, 11:56 am

I heard/read somewhere that Brandywines are not the best at setting fruit in high temperatures. My problem also is flowers dying and falling off the plant without setting a tomato. They are right beside the Early Girl which has loads of fruits so it is also not a polination problem.

But I also read somewhere that Brandywines are good for high temperature climates (but I doubt that is true given this years problems). That is why I planted them here. We have many days between 95 - 100 degrees. I have 6 different varieties of tomatoes all planted in the same area and the Brandwine is the worst at setting fruit.
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Post  BetsyC on 7/5/2012, 12:02 pm

I have ONE Brandywine plant this year and it is hale and hearty, with gorgeous tomatoes coming. a *FEW* gorgeous tomatoes coming, lol!
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Post  yolos on 7/5/2012, 12:07 pm

My Brandywine set fruit on the bottom two feet of the vine but nothing on the top two feet. That makes me think it is the heat we have been having this summer. It set fruit earlier in the summer when it was not as hot but nothing since the temps rose.
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Post  Coelli on 7/5/2012, 2:18 pm

I live in SoCal which, remarkably, is cooler than most of the country right now.

This is my first year gardening and growing tomatoes. I have a Yellow Brandywine and was experiencing the same thing - it's taller and spindlier than my German Johnson and Lemon Cherry, both of which started producing MUCH earlier than the Brandywine. The Brandywine would flower, and the blossoms would just fall right off. Now it's finally, finally producing and has maybe 8-10 tomatoes on it; it's probably 3.5' tall now, in a 14" terra cotta pot (I planted the tomatoes in these not realizing they'd probably be cramped... rookie mistake!).

I have a baby Pink Brandywine too so we'll see what happens when it gets bigger but overall, I was really disappointed in my Brandywine. Sad
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Post  llama momma on 7/5/2012, 2:25 pm

I suppose we'll all have to wait and see how the season shakes out. I also want to mention to GWN who asked about blossoms, like everyone else that posted, I've got a mix of lots of blossoms, about 4 are on the ground each morning, yet the other maters, especially my hybrids, are throwing out lots of fruit.
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Post  cheyannarach on 7/5/2012, 3:12 pm

Almost all of my tomatos have fruit, the brandy wine and black krim don't yet...
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Post  greatgranny on 7/5/2012, 6:02 pm

Just checked mine. Have total of 13 on 2 plants. Still blooming so should be more, I hope. This is also my first year planting this variety. Hope they end up surviving in this heat. I have them on the east side of the house so by this time of the day, they are in partial shade. I think that may help.
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Post  RoOsTeR on 7/5/2012, 6:26 pm

My one of two brandywine maters:

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Post  Squat_Johnson on 7/6/2012, 10:55 am

Brandywine is one of my favorites. They are about 1/2 of these boxes. I have no problems with their production.

@Squat_Johnson wrote:Tomatoes are keeping me busy... My girl and I made tomato sauce over the weekend. Looks like it will be Salsa up next.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/6/2012, 11:12 am

Oh wow, SJ...are the your Brandywines growing in full sun?

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Post  Squat_Johnson on 7/6/2012, 1:20 pm

Yes, I get full sun in that area until 6pm.
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Post  cheyannarach on 7/6/2012, 3:31 pm

Wow Squat that's impressive!
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Post  llama momma on 7/6/2012, 4:00 pm

What a beautiful harvest!
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Post  greatgranny on 7/6/2012, 4:11 pm

Wow, that's one pretty bunch. HAPPY salsa making! Hope mine end up looking and tasting as good as yours.
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Post  Belle87ad on 7/6/2012, 4:43 pm

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 7/6/2012, 5:06 pm

There must be more than one variety of Brandywine, i.e., the seed available from Seed Savers Exchange called: Suddeth's Strain. Also, it appears there are both red and pink Brandywines, maybe even more. Do any of you know what variety of Brandywine you are growing so we can compare results? Nonna (who is growing the Suddeth's Strain)
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