HEIRLOOM Friends, if we could only grow one paste tomato, this is it, without question. And she’s an equally impressive slicer! Organic Italian Heirloom Tomato produces simply incredible amounts of massive 12 to 20-ounce red fruits. Her flavor is the perfect balance of acid and sweet, her texture thick and meaty with very few seeds. We love Italian Heirloom for sandwiches and salsa as well as sauce and so appreciate its tolerance of many diseases, including Late Blight. We had plants producing into early October 2015 in the field here in the Finger Lakes. Many thanks to our friends at Uprising Seeds for sharing this gem with us!
At Fruition, we sow tomatoes in soil blocks indoors 2 months before final frost, early April for us here in Zone 5, germinating them on heat mats with ease. Good light is essential: Younger, less stressed seedlings are healthier and more abundant than older, more stressed seedlings.
|20 Seeds||$4.45||In stock|
|40 Seeds||$7.55||In stock|
|80 Seeds||$14.25||In stock|
Planting Method: Transplant Only
When to sow: 6-8 weeks before last frost
Seed Depth: 1/8 inch Days to Germination: 7-10 at 80°F (27°C)
Sowing and seedling care: Don’t start too early! Sow indoors 2 seeds/cell or soil block, & thin to 1. We recommend sowing on a heat mat at 80°F to emergence, 75°F after. Good light is essential: Younger, less stressed seedlings are healthier and more abundant than older, more stressed seedlings. Pot up to 3-4” pots when first true leaves, submerging 3/4 of the stem below soil.
When to transplant: Harden off & transplant outdoors after frost, again burying stem.
Strong 3′ trellis optional but helpful. Water soil, not leaves. Prune lowest stem “suckers” as they emerge.
Transplant Spacing: 2.5 feet Sun Needs: Full
Days to Harvest: 75-80
Harvest: Perfect for sauces or slicing.