Growing-In-Place Cherry Tomato

Solanum pimpinellifolium

$4.45

25 seeds
VALUE SIZE: 1/2 g (approx 250 seeds)

60 days. This juicy, currant type, deep red, round tomato is the size of a small cherry sporting mouth-popping, bold flavor. It was a real hit at our local HomeGrown Festival 2014. Perfect in salads and kids love them! Plants are vigorous and yield large quantities of clustered fruits all summer long.  This fabulous tomato has been home to Michigan since the 1990s. It was given to us by Anne Elder of Community Farm of Ann Arbor. The seed was given to her by Laura DeLind who founded the former “Growing In Place” CSA farm in Mason, Michigan in 1995 for which Anne named the tomato. In 1998 Laura received these tomatoes from her friend Gail and she loved the taste so much that she saved the seeds. 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. Frequent watering will help to minimize cracking of tomatoes.