Fred's Tie Dye Dwarf Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum

$4.45

Pkt (≈25 seeds)
75 days. We're loving this gorgeous & delicious beefsteak for small spaces. Easy to grow 3' tall, "dwarf" type plant needs no pruning because it grows like a tree not a vine - perfect for containers and raised beds. Dazzle your friends with this productive and tasty treat! Flavor is sweet, salty & juicy yet holds together perfectly for a sandwich or salad. Fruits are medium/large, deep red with green-gold stripes and have minimal cracking. We think this is one of the best tomatoes from Craig LeHoullier's Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project - a real winner! It is released under the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) whose goal is to keep seeds unpatented and in the hands of the people for all times. Indeterminate.

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 with a sturdy stake. Tomatoes are susceptible to several fungal diseases (including Early and Late Blight and Verticillium Wilt). To prevent blight, keep foliage dry by watering 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.