Blush Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum

$4.45

30 seeds
VALUE SIZE: 1/2 g (approx 140 seeds)
Certified Organic
Blush’s sweet, fruity flavor has won our farm's tomato tasting year after year. Fruits are oval, 2- 2½" long, golden with a "blush" of grapefruit red. Blush is vigorous, productive and boy is it tasty! It is a perfect example of needed innovation in the breeding of new heirloom vegetables. Introduced in 2011 by farmer/breeder Fred Hempel of Baia Nicchia Farm in Sunol, CA. Tomatoes of similar size and shape are commonly called a "saladette" or "julienne cherry," and are perfect eaten fresh or cooked. It is sweet and tart, juicy and aromatic with overtones of tangerine. It’s so fruity that Ali said "wow, you’d think you were eating 'real' fruit!" Steve couldn't help himself, eating over 20 in one sitting! Growers will appreciate that it has decent resistance to Early Blight. Indeterminate. NN

Start tomato seeds inside at least 6 weeks before last frost (around 4/1). Ideal temperature for germination is 85° (use a heating mat). Days to germination: 5-14. Once leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Plant seedlings outside late May into fertile garden soil (with lots of compost or decomposed manure) at a spacing of 18” apart. Stake tomato plants. Tomatoes are susceptible to several fungal diseases (including Early and Late Blight and Verticillium Wilt). To prevent blight, keep foliage dry by 1) Pruning tomato plants to allow for good air circulation 2) Water with drip irrigation/soaker hoses. Crop rotation is also key to preventing tomato diseases. Ideally, plant tomato plants in a spot that has not had any Solanaceae crops (tomato, peppers, eggplant, potatoes) growing there for 4 years. Regular watering will help to minimize cracking of tomatoes.