Mike Jay wrote:
42 days: Covered with tomatoes and should ripen first. Bigger than cherry tomatoes. Not sure what "42 days" refers to, they're currently about 70 days old
Just to weigh in as to what I think "42 days" means. I think it is that the variety was named after days to maturity after transplant. If Sweet Cherriette had been named for the same thing it might be called "35 days". So I only had two 42 days plants last year but I had a lot of Sweet Cherriette. I believe the hype but only with the following stipulations: must be started 8 weeks not six before transplant, must have perfect potting soil and garden soil, transplants must be transplanted frequently or started as single sown seeds in a pot large enough to outplant, temperature and fertilization must be done perfectly, no disease or unusual weather events allowed. So amongst many many starts last year I maybe approached this level of perfection with two or three sweet Cherriette plants.
This year I started a clump of each of the super earliest tomatoes from last year just to keep them in the garden for pollen and for seed saving. The sweet Cherriette clump isn't ripe yet! It's been eclipsed by Brad tomatoes I actually transplanted into single cells in a timely manner. So I guess what I have learned is DTM is a rough guideline that kind of works if you aren't a rule breaker. For us rule breakers it helps somewhat to identify tomatoes that might be quick enough to withstand some rule breaking. Like crowding, not watering, not fertilizing, not weeding, not transplanting, and just direct seeding instead of transplanting at all! Under my torture regimen it seems to me that a 55 DTM tomato can be just as early as a 35 DTM tomato.
So my tomato clumps this year aren't as fast in general as my single plant tomatoes. I guess thinning is important after all! Why did I get the Brad transplanted? I spotted a couple hybrids so transplanted the whole clump. I got a few fruits from the hybrid and from brad. Definitely very early tomatoes, I've loaded them into my seed saving que. I also got a few tomatoes from earl''s strain of Jagodka, and one from anmore dewdrop. Got four tomatoes from three transplanted plants of Blue Ambrosia. I was hopeful the earliest of these would be hybrids but no definitive sign of that!