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In two weeks I'll have spring break and my opportunity to start tomatoes. 2020 was an enormously successful year. I pledged a variety called "Exserted Tiger" to the open source seed initiative. It may someday relatively soon become available through Snake River Seed Coop. I grew out the third generation of "Exserted Orange" and pledged it. It is currently available on EFN's store.
In 2021 I have a couple tomato seed orders for so will be growing Exserted Orange isolated again. Exserted Tiger I will skip a year with as a seed crop. I will instead be growing a seed crop for Snake River of a fun but closed flowered variety that I may be calling "Mission Mountain Sunrise" after my local mountain range. Its a small fruited, early, blue skinned bicolor, for me the plants are small and it seems to both start and finish early. I plan to pledge it to OSSI as well.
These varieties are really stepping stones. Exserted Tiger is a vehicle for getting stripes and blue skin into other varieties. Exserted Orange is a source of orange flesh. Mission Mountain Sunrise has blue color and is early- to me its the perfect tomato to cross with Big Hill to get a exserted blue bicolor that is short season for the north. So that is my future plans.
All of the varieties I am developing and or their ancestors have survived my various tomato torture regimens where I've tried things like not watering and direct seeding and early planting.
In 2020 I grew out both my own saved seed and Joseph's seed of the BH x Wild4 crosses. I direct seeded my seed and it was unremarkable except that it thrived and produced under the direct seeding regimen. I have enough remarkable seed from Josephs 2019 selections to direct seed the promiscuous project again this year and based on how the parents did I expect the result to be remarkable. I will probably focus on promiscuous bicolors. This population will not be isolated- in fact I hope that some proportion of it is fully promiscuous and donates pollen to wild type habrochaites cytoplasm plants. Very similar seed is available in three different selections from Joseph on EFN's store.
I also have some special seed that Joseph selected in 2020 that I will be growing out in isolation in 2021. It should be more closely obligate outcrossing.