Winner of the 2005 USA Heirloom Garden Show best tasting tomato award. These have won many taste awards! The fruit are smooth, large, and beautiful, being one of the darkest and prettiest of the purple types. They seem to have an extra dose of the complex flavour that makes dark tomatoes famous. Harvest in 90 days.
Approx. 30 heirloom seeds
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Sowing & Growing Info
Germination Temperature (Optimum): 16 to 29 C Max.: 35 C Min.: 10 C
Days to Germinate: 7 to 10
Sowing Depth: to in.
Indicative Avg. Plant Height: 3 ft.
Spacing In Row: 24 in.
Spacing Between Rows: 3 to 4 ft.
Avg. Days to Maturity: 70 to 90
Notes: Tender plants, cannot tolerate extreme cold, heat or drought. Avoid using fresh manure as it causes lush foliage with few ripe fruits. Instead use generous amounts of well-rotten cow manure, or compost, and crushed eggshells at the bottom for calcium. Heavy phosphorus needs. Varieties that are determinate stop growing when they reach a certain height, usually 3-4 ft. Indeterminate varieties never stop growing and can reach heights of 6 ft. Determinate types are usually early producers while indeterminate types are usually late fruiters. For container culture, choose only determinate types. Tomatoes will continually bear fruit once they reach maturity; they are among the most abundant producers for the amount of space they take up. As soon as the first blossoms appear they should be mulched and top- dressed. The more light they get, the better they will grow, needing at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily. Cool and rainy weather will cause the plants to grow sluggishly. Determinate bush varieties may be staked, should not be pruned. Caging without pruning delays ripening, reduces fruit size but increases production, prevents sunburn and reduces fruit cracking and rotting. Staking and pruning produces earlier larger fruits. Large-fruited varieties with low fruit set and high sugar content are most likely to crack. To reduce cracking avoid heavy watering and large fluctuations in day/night temp. and maintain adequate calcium in soil. More than 100 different chemical compounds account for the complex tomato taste. Lycopene is a red carotenoid pigment found in mature tomatoes raw or cooked. Reddest, ripest tomatoes have the most lycopene. High lycopene intake sharply reduces risk of prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women. For all tomatoes, days to maturity shown are from date of transplanting. Emergence takes 43 days at 10C, 14 days at 15C, 8 days at 20C and 6 days at 25-30C. 98% normal seedlings at 15 C but only 83% at 30C.
Less number of seeds are needed for the same area if seedlings are transplanted or other intensive methods such as beds are used. For quickest emergence sow close to the middle of the optimum temperature range. Expect poor, slow and uneven germination if you plant below or above the optimum temperature range. Information provided for guidance only and may vary from one cultivar to another.