Choosing the Right Tomato Variety for Your Garden - Is Goliath Giant Early Bush VFFN Worth Growing?
Goliath Giant Early Bush Hybrid Tomato VFFN is a variety of tomato that has been around for many years. It was first introduced by Wayne Hilton in his Seeds n Such catalog and it is advertised to have a 49 day days-to-maturity (DTM).
I grew Goliath and Goliath Bush next to each other a few years ago and I couldn't tell them apart. They ripened behind Early Girl, with an estimated DTM of 60. The tomatoes were not awful, but they were more firm than I like.
Last season, I bought some seeds from Seeds N Such including the Goliath Giant Early Bush VFFN. Although the description said the fruits would be 14 to 20 ounces, as big as Big Beef, my results weren't very impressive. The tomatoes were much later than advertised, and smaller than expected at only 8 ounces. Additionally, most of the fruit were lost due to wet weather conditions.
The varieties that performed better in my garden included Alice's Dream, Beefmaster, Great White, Great White Blues, Lucid Gem & Moldovan Green.
Recently, a new variety called Buffalo Bomber F1 was released which is specifically designed to withstand winds near Buffalo, NY. It is mid to late season, semi-determinate with large red fruits up to one pound, and offers outstanding taste when grown right. There is also an open pollinated version available which is less expensive.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend growing Goliath Giant Early Bush VFFN as it did not perform well in my garden.If you are looking for a tomato that is early, large and flavorful, I would suggest trying one of the other varieties mentioned above.
Tomatoes can be an enjoyable addition to any garden if grown correctly. It's important to choose the right variety for your climate and soil conditions in order to get the best results. With so many different types available, it can be difficult to decide which one will work best in your garden. Doing some research beforehand will help ensure success with whatever variety you choose!
What is the Goliath Giant Early Bush VFFN?
Goliath Giant Early Bush VFFN is a semi-determinate tomato variety that produces 14 to 20-oz. fruits, as big as Big Beef, with a classic, old fashioned tomato flavor that’s both tart and tangy. It is a week earlier than Early Girl and requires support due to the weight of the fruits.
How close was it to the advertised 49 days?
The dtm for Goliath Giant Early Bush VFFN is close to 60 days.
Where can I buy seeds for this variety?
You can buy seeds for Goliath Giant Early Bush VFFN from Wayne Hilton's Seeds n Such Catalog.
Is Buffalo Bomber F1 a suitable replacement for an old greenhouse variety called "Buffalo"?
Yes, Buffalo Bomber F1 is a suitable replacement for an old greenhouse variety called "Buffalo". It is a mid to late season, RL, semi-indet tomato variety that produces large red fruits up to one lb with outstanding taste. You can also buy seeds for an OP version which would be less expensive.
How did Big League perform?
Big League performed poorly - it was much later than advertised and its fruit were smaller than expected (only around 8 ounces). It also matured in very wet weather so most were lost to blight or some other disease. Varieties that performed better included Alice's Dream, Beefmaster, Great White, Great White Blues, Lucid Gem & Moldovan Green.