Discovering the Best Bi-Color Tomato Varieties for Pacific Northwest Gardeners: From Orange Russian 117 to Amish Yellow and Gold Medal Hybrid

Discovering the Best Bi-Color Tomato Varieties for Pacific Northwest Gardeners: From Orange Russian 117 to Amish Yellow and Gold Medal Hybrid
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In Search of the Perfect Bi-Color Tomato

The Quest for a Great Tasting, Productive Bi-Color Tomato in the PNW

Gardeners and tomato enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) often face challenges when it comes to finding the perfect bi-color tomato variety. With a unique climate and growing conditions, some popular bi-color tomatoes like Pineapple, Striped German, Big Rainbow, and Old German tend to underperform in terms of production or taste. However, there are still plenty of options out there that can thrive in the region and satisfy your craving for that beautiful two-toned fruit.

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Exploring Alternative Varieties: Orange Russian 117 and GGWT

One promising option is the Orange Russian 117, which has been praised for its high productivity and great taste. This two-tone tomato features a striking orange exterior with red marbling on the inside, making it an attractive addition to any garden or plate.

Another standout performer is Green Giant White Tomato (GGWT), which has been known to outproduce other varieties even when grown in large pots. Its unique coloration and delicious flavor make it a must-try for any PNW gardener looking to diversify their tomato selection.

Experimenting with New Possibilities

Top Candidates for Bi-Color Tomatoes: Little Lucky, Blush, Wherokowhai, and Virginia Sweets

As gardeners continue their search for the ideal bi-color tomato, several other varieties have emerged as top contenders. Little Lucky, a smaller and earlier version of Brandywine, boasts that classic Brandywine flavor without the longer wait time. For those who prefer something on the smaller side, Fred's "Blush" offers a fantastic taste that keeps people coming back year after year.

Additionally, Wherokowhai (a dwarf variety) and Virginia Sweets have both shown promise in the PNW, although Virginia Sweets can be a bit late to ripen and may attract slugs. Despite these minor drawbacks, both varieties are worth considering for their unique colors and flavors.

Exploring the World of Striped Tomatoes and Yellow Varieties with Pink or Red Cores

While striped tomatoes like Big Rainbow or Pineapple may not always perform well in the PNW, there is still hope for those who love the look of bi-color tomatoes. Some gardeners have had success with yellow tomatoes that feature pink or red cores, such as Amish Yellow or Gold Medal Hybrid. These varieties offer a different take on the classic bi-color appearance while still delivering great taste and productivity.

In Conclusion: Keep Experimenting and Discover Your Ideal Bi-Color Tomato

The search for the perfect bi-color tomato in the Pacific Northwest may require some trial and error, but don't let this discourage you. By experimenting with different varieties like Orange Russian 117, GGWT, Little Lucky, Blush, Wherokowhai, Virginia Sweets, Amish Yellow, and Gold Medal Hybrid, you're bound to find one that thrives in your garden and satisfies your taste buds.

Remember that gardening is all about exploration and discovery – so keep trying new bi-color tomato varieties until you find the one that's just right for you. Happy growing!

What is the issue with growing bi-color tomatoes in the PNW?

The original poster has had trouble finding a great bi-color tomato that does well due to low production.

Which bi-color tomatoes have been tried and failed in the PNW?

Striped German, Big Rainbow, and Old German have all been tried with low production and mealy texture.

Are there any varieties that do well in the PNW?

GGWT (Great Green Zebra Tomato) is recommended by another poster for its great taste and high production.

What other bi-color tomato varieties are recommended?

Little Lucky, Fred's "Blush," Orange Russian 117, Wherokowhai (dwarf), and Virginia Sweets are all recommended by different posters.

What is the flavor profile of Little Lucky?

Little Lucky has a wonderful Brandywine flavor but is smaller and earlier than Brandywine.

What is the flavor profile of Fred's "Blush"?

Fred's "Blush" is amazing for flavor according to one poster.

Have yellow tomatoes with a pink or red core been successful in the PNW?

One poster suggests trying yellow tomatoes with a pink or red core inside as an alternative to striped bi-color varieties.

What are some examples of yellow tomatoes with a pink or red core?

"Amish Yellow" and "Gold Medal Hybrid" are two examples given by a poster.

Is there any other advice for growing bi-color tomatoes in the PNW?

No additional advice was given in this conversation.