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(Solanum Lycopersicum)

We are selecting our own regional adaptation for Southern Arizona, from the Solar Flair out of Wild Boar Farms, in Northern California. Little can be done to improve upon the fantastic breeding work already accomplished by Grower Brad Gates. It will be fun to see what nuances we can find.

SEEDS Now available!

LIVE PLANT STARTS AVAILABLE IN THE PHOENIX AREA BY VALENTINE’S DAY!!

 

20 in stock

Description

(Solanum lycopersicum)

We are selecting our own regional adaptation for Southern Arizona, from the Solar Flair out of Wild Boar Farms, in Northern California. Little can be done to improve upon the fantastic breeding work already accomplished by Master Grower Brad Gates. We will see what nuances we can find. These plants have already survived 120 degree days in June and were still setting fruit above 110 degrees. Now it’s January as this is written, these plants have already survived several freezes this winter, and the tomatoes just keep on coming. Workhorse doesn’t describe it, and it’s efficient on water, as well. It obviously should be fed well, but it’s a tough plant.

Use ground cover such as melon or squash to cool the ground and preserve moisture through the hottest part of the summer. Then you can cut the ground vines away as fall approaches, and the mature plants will produce heavily until frost.

The selection criteria for Sonoran Flair are:

  • Heat resistance. We are looking to sell a tomato seed that will set fruit well above 100 degrees. These plants have survived 120-degree summers in Southern Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, and set fruit in spite of spending weeks at or above 110-115 degrees.
  • Drought tolerance. A scarcity of water goes with the territory when the temperatures are well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the late afternoon.
  • Size. This doesn’t mean we select for the biggest monsters we can produce. We seek to select a variety that serves as the RIGHT SIZE rather than the largest size. We’re looking for the perfect burger and sandwich slicers here.
  • As always, even if all the above criteria are met, taste is the deal-breaker. These tomatoes must taste GREAT or they just don’t make the team, simple as that.
  • Unusual colors, cherry sizes or noteworthy mutations will of course be preserved for exploration as fixed phenotypes, going into the future.

85 days, Indeterminate.

Minimum 20 Seeds.

SEEDS Now available!

LIVE PLANT STARTS AVAILABLE IN THE PHOENIX AREA BY VALENTINE’S DAY!!

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