For those loving very tangy tomatoes --- this is the one!
It is the healthiest plant so far, and the first to ripen from all the hybrids.
14tomatoes_md_7a Bolseno last year was great. i had a row i prune suckers from that got to 10feet tall; and a row i let bush out and pruned stout, The smaller tomatoes the bushed plants grew were incredibly more flavourful. Produced into late october.
BUT! I saved many seeds from last year and NONE OF THEM are germinating. I don't think ill be able to order seeds in time to get them started before transplanting. My last frost date is may 10th. I'm pretty bummed that was the fav tomato of the house.
We love crisp, juicy and tangy tomatoes. The supplier's description is spot on: "Delicious flat-round slicer. Bred in Italy with old-world character. 7-12 oz. fruits with light ribbing and intense red color. Flavor is enhanced by strong acidity...."
My wife and I sliced the first ripe one today (7-8-2017) and it surpassed our expectations --- a keeper if it continues to be so healthy, productive and tasty!
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Tony, it sounds like a good tomato to add to my seed rotation, I like different flavors for different recipes.
I like it too!
Linda, are you also growing Bolseno?
Not growing Bolseno right now but I have grown it before and may start some for Fall. I have overwintered it here successfully before.
Bolseno keeps impressing --- from one plant we keep picking a ripe one or two each day (this early in the season). They've gotten bigger and tastier! Here are today's two. Current temperature is at 98 --- and it will get hotter in the afternoon!
this one is at 10 oz
this one is 12 oz
Growing Bolseno this year. Just out of curiosity is that how they are grown with scab on the top and bottom, or do you have a calcium deficiency?
The bottom mark is the blossom end scar and the top scars are cracking. Both are the result of environmental factors. The blossom end scar is normally round and smaller, but it looks like that fruit might have been from a fused bloom, which causes a much longer blossom end scar because the bloom is two flowers fused together. Fused blooms happen in early flowers and as a result of cooler temps early in the season. Cracking on the shoulders can happen from strong sun/heat and/or from heavy/sudden rain after the fruit reaches mature size and begins ripening. Neither of those is caused by calcium issues. I think you're thinking blossom end rot, which is something very different.
Some varieties are genetically more prone to one or both phenomena, but it's still a combo of genes + environment. Even those that aren't genetically predisposed can have the occasional fused bloom or cracking from weather conditions.
Many commercial tomatoes you see in the supermarket are bred to resist these conditions and/or are grown in greenhouses or other controlled environments and/or are picked early at the mature green stage and ripened off the plant.
Most tomatoes grown at home will show cracking or large blossom end scars at least occasionally. Some of the most delicious heirloom varieties are particularly prone to these kinds of aesthetic flaws.
Chippah -- lots of rain followed by extremely high temps of 98 F caused lots of cracking on all our tomatoes. Once temps went back to normal -- mid 80's -- the cracking was minimal.
Thanks! Im excited for my bolsenos this year. Last year was my first year having a veg garden and the tomatoes I grew 'Primo Reds' were a little too soft and mild tasting for me. When I think back about my favourite tomatoes, I always harken back to ones my mennonite grandma used to grow. A classic tangy and fruity almost ketchupy flavour. Reading reviews, people are impressed by Bolsenos tanginess. Hopefully these will come close.
One plant gave us 60+ lbs of delicious tomatoes. Bolseno was best of all in productivity, disease resistance and taste! Last one standing and still fruiting! -- till first frost killed it 11-11-2017 !!!
This year we are growing six!
@14tomatoes_md_7a determinate or indeterminate?
indeterminate -- mine got 10' tall
when is safe to pick? do the finish orange or red?
and green shoulders?
i pick mine like this
very nice. is that this years>?
Yes, all from this year. Here are some (all Bolseno) of the many we picked so far from 5 plants.
Bolseno plants loaded
dang nice plants. i have mine staked. about 6 feet tall only one red so far.
Great pictures - After seeing this thread, am sold on trying Bolseno next year.
Judging from the pictures, it looks like you prune the side branches quite aggressively? Someone inexperienced like me is always hesitant to prune, I only prune the lower branches - the 1st 12-15 inches or so - and only after the plant has grown quite tall. Would be interested in knowing your take on pruning.
I prune up to 16", but early Septoria onslaught forced me to prune more.
Chippah -- how did Bolseno do for you?
Next season I am going to try your Bolseno in my garden, got the seeds already.
I am starting my tomato harvest, today's tomatoes, cucumbers and radishes going on a kale salad for lunch.
Cippah - Bolseno is a hybrid so saved seed may have produced something completely different from what you grew last year. 10 plants from saved seed may have produced several different tomatoes...possibly some good ones and some spitters. If you were lucky you might get one or 2 that looked and tasted like Bolseno.
Johnny's still has seeds but you have to order 500 for $94. lol
A vendor called Restoration seeds still shows as having seeds for a good price. You should still have time to start them if you can get them in the next couple weeks. If my average last frost date were May 10th I wouldn't be starting seeds until mid April and plant out around Memorial day.