So you wanted to know which tomato variety this was??

Feb 22, 2010

Alright folks, I'm letting the cat out of the bag. It seems Organic Gardening Magazine won't be publishing our test garden variety results this year. They do have a feature scheduled to publish the 2010 trials next year. So I guess I'm free to tell you now about my 2009 trials. The amazing tomato below, which was my favorite from the trials, is a variety called 'Sapho'. Yes, it's spelled correctly. North Haven Gardens will have a limited quantity of the plants available around mid-March. Call them to check for arrival time. Prime tomato planting time here in North Texas is about the second week of March through the end of March for early summer harvest.

* I wish I could identify this tomato variety for you...but I can''s top secret. LOL. If I told you, well then, you know what I'd have to do to you. It's one of my Organic Gardening Magazine test varieties. And, it's awesome. It's not often you can plant a spring crop of tomato and have it continue to produce and ripen through the entire summer and fall here in Texas. With a fantastic flavor to boot! Normally, once spring plants have produced their early summer crop, the heat of summer pretty much does them in. Then, we plant a second fall crop in mid-July. These babies have just kept on truckin' since spring. The plants are indeterminate and have gotten big and a bit rangy over the growing season, but the fruit are fantastic. It's a saladette type fruit. These are planted in my front yard and I usually just end up eating the ripe fruit right off the vine. So tasty...


I'll fill you in on this tomato next spring once OG publishes test results...*

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Nov 10, 2009
10:47 am

Are they on the market yet?  Or will they be available for us next spring after the published results? 
Sounds like an exciting discovery for our area.

Leslie Finical Halleck
Nov 10, 2009
11:03 am

It is a must have!

Nov 10, 2009
10:34 pm

You’re such a tease!  I can’t wait to find out . . . tomatoes have been a horrible challenge for me here in Dallas.

Leslie Finical Halleck
Nov 11, 2009
8:21 am

Sorry!!! LOL…It’s all about planting at the right time, and managing moisture. Picking good heat tolerant varieties also makes a big difference. Make sure to get your spring tomatoes in the ground right about March 15th. If you want to start them from seed, you’d do so indoors in January. I have some posts on here about doing that, you can use the search function. Then your fall crop will go in the ground mid-July. Tomatoes need consistent moisture. They don’t like going from dry to wet/wet to dry. Put down a veggie fertilizer at planting and then follow up with liquid feeds about once a week once the fruit is 1/2 mature size. I’ll post a lot more about tomatoes once I start my next round of seeds in January.

Feb 24, 2010
12:04 pm

will you have any of those tomatoes plants for sale at the Garden show this weekend?

Leslie Finical Halleck
Feb 24, 2010
3:45 pm

Hi Alessandra! We will not have ‘Sapho’ at the All Texas Garden Show this weekend, although we’ll have a number of other tomato varieties on hand. ‘Sapho’ will only be available in the store in quart sized pots - mid-March. Limited quantities! We’ve grown them special.

Feb 26, 2010
10:01 am

Hi Leslie,

Will the Sapho be for sale in the San Antonio area or is it strictly in North Texas?


Leslie Finical Halleck
Feb 26, 2010
11:28 am

Hi Diane,
I really have no idea where else it will be available. It was a new seed variety last year, so I doubt many growers are growing it. We’re growing it special at my nursery based on my trials. But, you could grow it from seed yourself. Check Johnny’s Seed company online. It’s too late to start seed for a summer harvest, but you could start them in May for a July planting - fall harvest.

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