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Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc)


One of the most fascinating plant families. A large and varied family with attractive flowers. Plants may be edible, poisonous, medicinal, decorative and sometimes all in the same plant! Many are tropical or sub tropical but seem to tolerate our climate well. Some of the friends you will find here are tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, potato seed, ground cherries and tomatillos. However, this family also includes potatoes, tobacco, petunias, salpiglossis, datura, goji berry and more! Most of these flowers can be found in the Flowers and Decorative plants section of the catalogue.

The tomatoes here are all listed in alphabetical order as opposed to the way they are organized in the catalogue. Also, we are adding tomatoes to the different categories as we come to know more details about each from researching and growing them so the various sub-categories are a work in progress, not all of our tomatoes are classified according to all these criteria (colour, growth habit, fruit size, usage) yet. Thanks for your patience in the various transitions taking place in our operations (new website medium which calls for a very different layout than the paper catalogue, and transitioning from father-Jim’s logical organization styles to daughter-Rachelle’s who is trying to find a balance between what the best and most useful logic is for us and our customers)!

Redskin

Redskin looks like a smaller version of Oxheart. The plants are small and sprawl flat on the ground and they are our earliest full sized tomato. Redskin is an older solid fleshed variety producing few seeds.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Rideau

Rideau, which was trialed as Ottawa 28, is a selection from Meteor x Urbana made at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa and named in 1962. The determinate vine gives a heavy yield of medium-sized red fruit and ripens mid-season.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Rideau Sweet

Rideau Sweet is a selection made by Ken Allan of Kingston, Ontario, from Sweet 100 Hy. It produces long strings of cherry tomatoes, maturing mid-season. The fruits are firm and dark red, and the flavour is good.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Rocket

Rocket (Agriculture Canada Experimental Farm, Lacombe, Alberta, 1967) was released in our centennial year and was initially called Centennial Rocket. It is a fairly small-fruited early cultivar.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Rosabec

Rosabec is similar to Canabec Rose, but slightly later with larger fruit and was Doucet’s first pink tomato.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Ruby Treasure

Ruby Treasure was bred by Tim Peters. It has scarlet red firm medium-sized fruits that keep well into the winter but some may also ripen on the vine.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Russian

Russian is a tomato that is almost as early as the Sub-Arctics but has considerably larger fruit.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Russian Saskatchewan

Russian Saskatchewan was brought to this province by early Russian immigrants. Produces 1-1 1/2” round, slightly flattened red fruits on very small plants and is very early. Thanks to Tanya (www.heritageharvestseed.com) for collecting this tomato.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Savignac/Dufresne

Savignac, which is also known as Dufresne, was given by Raymond Dufresne of Joliette to Frère Armand Savignac CSV (Clerics of St. Viator) in the 1930‘s. The indeterminate plants are mid-season in maturity, and give a good yield of 3″ fruits.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Scotia

Scotia was bred at Kentville, NS, and named in 1956. It is a determinate variety producing medium-sized fruit. Very early and adapted to short season cool areas.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Siberian

There has been a fair amount of interest shown in the Siberian tomato. The round, bright red tomatoes are small to medium-sized and are produced on sturdy, upright, bright green plants. This variety is very tolerant of cool growing conditions.

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Price(s): $3.00, $5.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds, about 100 seeds
Sicilian Saucer

Sicilian Saucer, a heritage cultivar from southern Italy, was quick to ripen in the plastic tunnel, had very tall plants, and incredibly large fruits, most ranging from 500 grams to just over 1 kilogram.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Siletz

A more recent release is Siletz which is nearly identical to Oregon Spring but the fruits are much larger and perhaps slightly earlier maturing.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Spoon

Our most vigorous growing tomato in 2013 was Spoon, a very sweet and prolific currant tomato with hundreds of tiny fruits per plant. Racemes feature 20-40 fruits and often multi-branched. Plants grew faster than we could prune and continued to do so until they were stopped by the first frost. In their native habitat these plants would simply root anywhere the stem touched the ground and in this fashion they could travel!

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Starfire

We had not grown Starfire (1963) for over 20 years but it was one of Jim’s mother’s main crop tomatoes and there has been some demand for it. It was released from the Morden Research Station in 1963 and was popular on the prairies.

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Price(s): $3.00, $5.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds, about 100 seeds
Striped Cavern

Striped Cavern produces fruits that look like small bell peppers and are red with gold stripes. Fruits are hollow inside except for a small cluster of seeds. Plants are indeterminate and late mid-season in maturity. Very productive.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Striped Chocolate

Striped Chocolate is a large fruited variety with vigorous and productive vines. Hard to tell when ripe as fruits remain largely green. However, we had some volunteer plants in the tunnel this year and I picked the fruits when they were still green and they kept really well, slowly ripening indoors, and were much tastier. If you wait until they ripen on the plant, they are overripe and not good tasting. A better experience with this tomato this year!

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Striped German

Striped German is a large indeterminate red, orange and yellow tomato. Deliciously sweet and very fleshy beefsteak type. Beautiful sunburst display of colour on bottom  of fruits. Very decorative slices as the marbling of colours inside is gorgeous. Generally a more solid fleshed variety producing few seeds.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Stupice

Stupice is a very early potato leaved indeterminate variety, good for short seasons, producing an excellent yield of small to medium sized red fruits over a long period. Originates from Czech Republic.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Sub-Arctic Cherry

Sub-Arctic Cherry (1976) is a small plant with early red cherry fruits. The Sub-Arctic series of tomatoes was developed in Alberta for short season gardening. Most are considerably larger than cherry tomatoes and take about the same number of days to mature.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Sub-Arctic Maxi

Sub-Arctic Maxi (1976) is a few days later than Plenty, with fruits 3 to 4 times as big. The Sub-Arctic series of tomatoes was developed in Alberta for short season gardening. Most are considerably larger than cherry tomatoes and take about the same number of days to mature.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Sub-Arctic Plenty

Sub-Arctic Plenty (early 1970‘s) is a few days earlier than Tiny Tim. The Sub-Arctic series of tomatoes was developed in Alberta for short season gardening. Most are considerably larger than cherry tomatoes and take about the same number of days to mature.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Sugawara

Sugawara was bred by James Sugawara, a Japanese immigrant who operated a market garden in Vernon from the late 1920’s until about 1950. He bred his tomato in the late 1930’s. It was one of the local cultivars into which was bred verticillium resistance by Denby & Wooliams (Summerland, BC) in the early 1950’s.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Summerdawn

Summerdawn has slightly sprawling determinate plants producing early large red tomatoes. Specifically bred for Okanagan growing conditions as a fresh market variety.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Summerjet

Summerjet (1970) is a selection from Vinered x Summerdawn. It is part of L.G. Denby’s breeding program begun in the early 1950’s in Summerland, BC, to increase verticillium wilt resistance in commercial tomatoes in the Okanagan.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
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