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Blush Tomato

Botanical Name: Solanum lycopersicum

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# of seeds per packet: 30

Description

84 days. Blush is a perfect example of needed innovation in the breeding of open-pollinated crops. Introduced in 2011 by farmer/breeder Fred Hempel of Baia Nicchia Farm in Sunol, CA. Blush is vigorous, productive and boy is it tasty! Fruits are oval, 2- 2½" long, exhibiting a light gold skin with a "blush" of grapefruit red. Tomatoes of similar size and shape are commonly called a "saladette" or "julienne cherry," and are perfect eaten fresh or cooked. Our crew taste-tested our tomato line-up and Blush was given the number 1 vote for 2014. 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.

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Start tomato seeds inside at least 6 weeks before last frost (around April 1st). 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. Sowing hairy vetch underneath tomatoes 2 weeks after tomatoes are planted will help to minimize Early Blight.

 

Harvest:

Harvest when fully gold colored with a blush of red and fruit is somewhat soft when squeezed.

 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Tomatoes are relatively easy seed-saving crops. They are primarily self-pollinated but may be crossed pollinated by insects when different tomatoes varieties are planted next to one another. You can just save seed and see what you get! Isolation distance of 10ft will minimize crossing while 150’ is necessary to eliminate it. Always harvest seed from the best plants. It is best, but not totally necessary, to collect seeds from a minimum of 6 plants. Collect ripe tomatoes, let them ripen for a week in a paper bag, then cut and squeeze out seeds. See instructions for fermenting seeds. Rinse and dry seeds on a screen.

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Description

84 days. Blush is a perfect example of needed innovation in the breeding of open-pollinated crops. Introduced in 2011 by farmer/breeder Fred Hempel of Baia Nicchia Farm in Sunol, CA. Blush is vigorous, productive and boy is it tasty! Fruits are oval, 2- 2½" long, exhibiting a light gold skin with a "blush" of grapefruit red. Tomatoes of similar size and shape are commonly called a "saladette" or "julienne cherry," and are perfect eaten fresh or cooked. Our crew taste-tested our tomato line-up and Blush was given the number 1 vote for 2014. 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.

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Start tomato seeds inside at least 6 weeks before last frost (around April 1st). 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. Sowing hairy vetch underneath tomatoes 2 weeks after tomatoes are planted will help to minimize Early Blight.

 

Harvest:

Harvest when fully gold colored with a blush of red and fruit is somewhat soft when squeezed.

 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Tomatoes are relatively easy seed-saving crops. They are primarily self-pollinated but may be crossed pollinated by insects when different tomatoes varieties are planted next to one another. You can just save seed and see what you get! Isolation distance of 10ft will minimize crossing while 150’ is necessary to eliminate it. Always harvest seed from the best plants. It is best, but not totally necessary, to collect seeds from a minimum of 6 plants. Collect ripe tomatoes, let them ripen for a week in a paper bag, then cut and squeeze out seeds. See instructions for fermenting seeds. Rinse and dry seeds on a screen.

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