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August 16, 1990

* Regarding your Aug. 2 item on growing tomatoes. It was fine as far as it went. But tens of thousands of condominium and apartment dwellers with small patios or balconies will wonder why you neglected to name varieties that do well in large buckets or half whiskey barrels. You did mention Pixie and Sweet 100. But how about full-sized ones?

--HERBERT DELISSER

Port Hueneme

Reply:

We use quite a few containers ourselves. The following are all suitable tomato plants to grow in containers: Pixie (which isn't a cherry tomato, but rather a small regular one); Better Bush VFN, large juicy meaty fruit on a very compact plant; Patio, which has medium-sized fruit but tends to need staking or trellising; and Super Bush VFN, small to meduim sized meaty fruit on a very compact plant.

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