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Old 04-16-2018, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Proxima Centauri
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When I was a young kid and a young adult my father bought tomato plants that had what look like monkey tails. These "monkey tails" would secure themselves to anything that they could grab on to, especially fences. They are similar to what grape vines use to secure themselves to a trellis.

Do these breeds of tomatoes still exist?
Everything that I see lately needs to be supported by a cage as a bush.
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:17 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Yes, there are a few varieties. Look for Trip-L-Crop Tomato seeds or plants online. I have never seen them at a home center or nursery.
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Old 05-01-2018, 04:10 PM
 
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You may want to contact the Tomato Man, Craig LeHoullier. He trades seeds with tomato growers all over creation.

Podcast is worth listening to if you love growing tomatoes.

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Old 05-06-2018, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Proxima Centauri
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I found the magic word for tomato plants that have these monkey tails that help them climb. The magic word is tendrils. The web sites that advertise types of tomatoes talk of tomatoes that need support because the don't have tendrils.

Have these types of tomatoes gone out of existence like the large oblong watermelon?
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Old 05-06-2018, 01:02 PM
 
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I've never seen tomato plants with tendrils in my life. It would be very cool if they did.

Are you sure he wasn't practicing companion planting, and the companion plants had tendrils and were planted next to his tomatoes, making it look like the tomato plants had tendrils? That's the only thing I can think of.
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Old 05-06-2018, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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I've never even heard of tomato plants with tendrils! Are they tasty? Do fruit flies sting them? Are they indeterminate? Now I'll have to go find out! See what you've done?

Try Congo for large oblong melons, although there's some other big oblong ones as well. Congo just happens to be the variety we planted this year. What color did you want the flesh and do you want stripes on the outside or not?

Here's more than fifty varieties of watermelon to choose from: Baker Creek Seeds
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Old 05-06-2018, 01:16 PM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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I've seen some varieties of Roma tomatoes and cherry tomatoes with tendrils.


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Old 05-07-2018, 12:37 PM
 
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never heard of tomato plants with tendrils. here is the trip-L-crop hemlock mentioned.
https://www.directgardening.com/608-...o#/size-packet
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