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Droplet Tomato

Droplet Tomato

Botanical Name: Solanum lycopersicum

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# of seeds per packet: 30

Description

60 days. Droplet is a dwarf plant that is perfect for growing in containers and small gardens. Early, prolific tomatoes are red, 1” long and shaped like a water droplet. Meaty and juicy with mild, low-acid flavor. Fruits are crack-resistant and, once ripe, hold well on the plant for a long time. Droplet was bred by the Michigan State University Agricultural Experiment Station in East Lansing in 1972 and is one of the last tomatoes bred in Michigan – how shameful and an exact result of the shift from government grants to corporate dollars influencing research priorities. Hopefully we will be releasing some newly bred Michigan open-pollinated tomatoes in the coming years! Determinate. Seeds grown by Nature & Nurture Seeds.

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

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. Frequent watering will help to minimize cracking of tomatoes.

Harvest:

Harvest when tomatoes are fully red ripe.

 

 

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 tomato 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

60 days. Droplet is a dwarf plant that is perfect for growing in containers and small gardens. Early, prolific tomatoes are red, 1” long and shaped like a water droplet. Meaty and juicy with mild, low-acid flavor. Fruits are crack-resistant and, once ripe, hold well on the plant for a long time. Droplet was bred by the Michigan State University Agricultural Experiment Station in East Lansing in 1972 and is one of the last tomatoes bred in Michigan – how shameful and an exact result of the shift from government grants to corporate dollars influencing research priorities. Hopefully we will be releasing some newly bred Michigan open-pollinated tomatoes in the coming years! Determinate. Seeds grown by Nature & Nurture Seeds.

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

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. Frequent watering will help to minimize cracking of tomatoes.

Harvest:

Harvest when tomatoes are fully red ripe.

 

 

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 tomato 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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