Carbon Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum

$4.45

25 seeds
VALUE SIZE: 1/2 g (approx 125 seeds)
80 days. Heirloom beefsteak tomato prized for its rich, complex flavor. Considered a “black” tomato, Carbon has green/brown shoulders on dark red fruit with meaty texture that is perfect for sandwiches and salads. One of the best “Black” tomatoes which are known for great flavor. Plants are vigorous and productive and grow better than most older heirloom beefsteaks. Has a bit of the older heirloom concentric fruit cracking and “cat facing”. Grows well during cool summers. Indeterminate. CC

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.