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History of the Rodeo Tomatoes

Year Comments
1999 The first year (San Antonio Livestock Exposition) SALE funded for $50,000 per year the Classroom Gardens Program was 1999 from the 1998 Rodeo.
2000 "Crawford reseeding" lettuce
http://plantanswers.com/crawford_lettuce.htm
"Parsons' Potent Chili Penguin"
http://plantanswers.com/parsons_pequins.htm
"Dwarf Cherry Tomato Surprise"

"Hoffman Cherry Tomato Surprise"
2001 "SunPride" Tomato
http://plantanswers.com/tomato_broccoli07.htm

The "Texas Maroon" (Also sold as "Alamo Fire" by Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg—See:
http://shop.wildseedfarms.com/Individual-Species/products/1/
and
http://shop.wildseedfarms.com/Alamo-Fire_Marron-Bluebonnet/productinfo/3229/)
bluebonnet, blue bluebonnet, "Crawford reseeding" lettuce http://plantanswers.com/crawford_lettuce.htm, bunny larkspur, blue larkspur and two versions of the Laura Bush petunia (pink and violet) will also be available.

"Crawford reseeding" lettuce
http://plantanswers.com/crawford_lettuce.htm
2002 "Green Magic" Broccoli
http://plantanswers.com/tomato_broccoli07.htm
"Coho Spinach"

"Dwarf Cherry Surprise" golf ball-size cherry tomato. It is a determinate plant that does not take over your whole garden.

"Abundance Cherry Surprise" tomato ("BHN 268") is a true heat setter that produces a huge quantity of small fruit.

"Healthy Surprise" tomato (also BHN 444) produces an abundance of medium-size fruit.
http://plantanswers.com/healthy_surprise.htm
"Abundant Cherry Surprise" Tomato
2003 "Jackpot" Tomato and "Green Magic" Broccoli
http://plantanswers.com/tomato_broccoli07.htm
2004 "Amelia" Tomato
http://plantanswers.com/tomato_amelia.htm
2005 "Amelia" Tomato
http://plantanswers.com/tomato_amelia.htm
2006 "Solar Fire" Tomato
http://plantanswers.com/solar_file_tomato.htm
2007 "Top Gun" Tomato and "Fantasia" Geraniums
http://plantanswers.com/fantasia_geraniums.htmv
2008 "Christa" Tomato and "Fantasia" Geraniums
http://plantanswers.com/fantasia_geraniums.htm
2009 "Dwarf Cherry Surprise Tomato" (Originally "BHN 705"; then changed to "BHN 968")
2010 "Phoenix" Tomato and "Lady Bird Johnson Royal Blue" (Originally "Cobalt Blue" bluebonnet) bluebonnet.
http://www.plantanswers.com/Articles/PHOENIX-The_2010_Rodeo_Tomato.asp
and
http://plantanswers.com/cobalt_bluebonnet_2007/BluebonnetNewin07CobaltBlu/index.htm
2011 "Tycoon" Tomato
http://www.plantanswers.com/Articles/Tycoon_Tomato.asp
2012 BHN 602 Tomato
http://www.plantanswers.com/Articles/BHN_602_Tomato.asp
2013 "Tygress" Tomato
http://www.plantanswers.com/Articles/Tygress_Tomato.asp
2014 "ValleyCat" Tomato
http://plantanswers.com/Articles/ValleyCat_Tomato.asp
2015 "BobCat" Tomato
http://www.plantanswers.com/Articles/BobCat_Tomato.asp
2016 "Red Deuce" Tomato
http://plantanswers.com/Articles/2016_Rodeo_Red_Deuce_Tomato.asp
  "Purple Heart" Bluebonnet (purple color) transplants
http://plantanswers.com/Gallery/Bluebonnet-Purple/

 

Foliage and fruit set ratings for 32 tomato varieties planted at Verstuyft Farms in the Spring of 2011.
  5/20/2011 6/7/2011 6/28/2011 Company Comments
Foliage Fruit Set Foliage Fruit Set Foliage Fruit Set
LARGE ROUND
BHN 602 4z 4z 4z 4z 4z 4z BHN Round uniform fruit; productive
Tycoon 4 4 4 4 4 4 Hazera Performed well in the field
Tygress 3 3 4 4 4 4 Seminis Good foliage and uniform fruit
Charger 4 4 4 4 4 4 Sakata Very good foliage and set; later maturing
Bobcat 4 2 4 3 4 4 Rogers Good foliage and set; worthy of a second look
Phoenix 3 4 3 4 3 3 Ball Continue to perform well; dark green foliage
Finishline 3 2 3 4 2 4 Rogers Fair to good set; excellent flavor
Christy 3 2 4 3 4 4 Hazera Looked good for a few years
Tribute 3 2 4 3 4 4 Sakata Deserves another look in 2012
Redline 3 2 3 3 3 4 Rogers Performed better in other locations
Solar Fire 3 2 3 4 2 4 U. of FL Standard; did ok
Quality 23 3 2 3 3 3 3 Rogers Looked at for a few years; ok
Quality 21 4 2 4 3 4 3 Rogers Looked at for a few years; ok
Rocky Top 4 2 4 2 3 3 Rogers Set a bit weak; warrants a second look
Merced 3 3 3 3 3 3 Heirloom Standard; heirloom seed
Surefire 2 4 2 4 2 4 Heirloom Standard; heirloom seed
Celebrity 4 2 4 3 3 3 Standard Standard; still hard to beat
Fauna 17 3 2 3 3 3 3 Hazera Looked at for a few years; ok
BHN 1021 3 2 3 2 2 2 BHN Weak foliage and set
BHN 444 3 2 3 3 3 3 BHN Standard; has performed well
SALADETTE AND ROMA
H-4007 3 4 3 5 3 5 Heinz Very productive; more foliage
Tachi 3 3 3 4 3 4 Sakata Looks promising
H-6809 4 4 4 4 4 4 Heinz Roma type
H-7709 4 4 4 4 4 4 Heinz Roma type
Lia 3 2 4 3 4 4 Hazera Large blocky fruit
H-9129 3 2 4 3 4 4 Heinz Round; good foliage; set a bit weak
Rubia 3 2 4 3 4 4 Sakata Did ok
BHN 685 3 2 3 2 3 2 BHN Set was weak
H-9881 2 5 2 5 2 5 Heinz Weak foliage; ripe 6/7
CHERRY
BHN 968 4 4 4 4 4 5 BHN Productive and sweet
BHN 1010 3 2 4 3 4 3 BHN Grape; set weak
z 1=Worst, 5 = Best

 

Foliage and fruit set ratings for 29 tomato varieties planted at Verstuyft Farms in 2012.
  5/24/2012 6/14/2012 Company Comments
Foliage Fruit Set Foliage Fruit Set
LARGE ROUND
Tygress 5z 5 5 5 Seminis Great cover and set; firm fruit
Phoenix 5 5 5 5 Ball Great dark green foliage; good set and size
Bobcat 4 5 4.5 5 Rogers Good set; firm and very large fruit
Valley Cat 5 5 4 5 Rogers Good size and firm fruit; good foliage
BHN 602 4 5 4 5 BHN Good foliage, ripe 6/14 and set
Tycoon 5 4 5 4 Hazera Good foliage and set
Charger 5 4 5 4 Sakata Good set and foliage; later ripening
BHN 1064 4 5 4 5 BHN Promising; a bit later but good set up the plant
BHN 1021 5 4 5 4 BHN Promising; good set and foliage
Redline 4 5 4 5 Rogers Firm fruit with great taste
Christy 4 4 4 5 Hazera Good set and fruit size
Finishline 5 4 5 4 Rogers Firm fruit with good flavor
Rocky Top 5 3 5 3 Rogers Set a bit weak; some southern blight
Merced 4 5 4 5 Heirloom Holding true to type
40317 4 3 4 3 Hazera Late set, but good fruit
Bingo 3 4 3 4 Heirloom Weak foliage but good fruit
T6 x T31 4 3 4 3 Crosby Some cherry plants; set weak, but good flavor; large plants
SALADETTE AND ROMA
BHN 1050 (R) 4 5 4 5 BHN Ripe 6/14; good set, tough skin
Katya (R) 5 4 5 4 Hazera Nice fruit size
Matty (R) 5 4 5 4 Hazera Very firm fruit 
BHN 1051 (R) 4 4 4 4 BHN Good fruit size
Shanty (R) 4 4 4 4 Hazera Very large fruit
H 4007 (S) 4 5 4 5 Heinz Good cover and excellent set and flavor
Surefire (S) 4 4 4 4 Heirloom Weak cover, but lots of fruit
H 9881 (S) 3 5 3 5 Heinz Loaded plants; great taste; extra fertility required
T5 (S) 3 4 3 4 Crosby Super determinate; small fruit
CHERRY
BHN 968 5 5 5 5 BHN Determinate plant with a lot of excellent quality fruit
Amsterdam 5 3 5 3 DeReuter Semi-determinate; grape, sweet
BHN 1022 5 5 5 5 BHN Good fruit with tough skin
z 1=Worst, 5 = Best
 


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