My Bloody Butcher vine has produced some very strange tomatoes this year. I’m using seed from the same (mail-order) pack as last year, which was my first time planting this variety. I’m beginning to think the seeds were from cross-pollinated plants. Last year, the fruit was much larger than expected based on the descriptions everywhere of this variety. This year, they’re pink!! I think I have Brandywines, or some cross between those and the Bloody Butcher.
Great tomatoes — very sweet and lovely — but I have to wonder if this is more weather related than a problem with the seed. The tomatoes were late to hit their stride this year and got some cold blasts here and there while ripening. No pests or disease of note (though late blight is hitting now). But they would turn red eventually anyway, right, if they were B.B.s? They’re definitely pink.
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