Isbell's Golden Colossal Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum

$4.45

25 seeds
VALUE SIZE: 1/2 g (approx 100 seeds)
Certified Organic
85 days. Lemon-yellow fruits blush red on the bottom and boast a robust flavor with a perfect combo of sweet and tart. A winner of our 2017 Harvest Festival heirloom tasting - Mike says this is his favorite yellow tomato! Listed in the 1915 catalog of Isbell’s & Co of Jackson, Michigan just 30 miles from our Dexter farm. Plants are vigorous, so be sure the plants get tied to something sturdy. Fruits vary in shape and size from medium to large. Flesh holds together well for sandwiches, salads, and is good cooked as well. There are occasional red fruits. Common to older tomato types, fruit cracks easily so don’t leave it on the vine too long. 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.