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New Big Dwarf Tomato

Botanical Name: Solanum lycopersicum

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# of seeds per packet: 25 / Certified Organic

Description

90 days. Big tomatoes on a dwarf plant! High yielding, dwarf plant perfect for containers and small gardens. Bushy plants have thick stems loaded with medium sized, pink beefsteak fruits. Flavor is meaty with a delicate balance of sweet and acid. Bred by Isbell’s & Co of Jackson, Michigan in 1909, New Big Dwarf was the first of its kind. This variety has been used as breeding stock for Craig LeHoullier’s Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project. Plants grow about 3 ft tall and don’t need pruning, but for best results, stake plants once they start producing fruit.  As with many old heirloom types, fruits vary in size and shape and have some cracking. 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 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.

 

Harvest:

Harvest when fully pink/red in color. Fruit should be somewhat soft when squeezed.

 

 

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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90 days. Big tomatoes on a dwarf plant! High yielding, dwarf plant perfect for containers and small gardens. Bushy plants have thick stems loaded with medium sized, pink beefsteak fruits. Flavor is meaty with a delicate balance of sweet and acid. Bred by Isbell’s & Co of Jackson, Michigan in 1909, New Big Dwarf was the first of its kind. This variety has been used as breeding stock for Craig LeHoullier’s Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project. Plants grow about 3 ft tall and don’t need pruning, but for best results, stake plants once they start producing fruit.  As with many old heirloom types, fruits vary in size and shape and have some cracking. 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 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.

 

Harvest:

Harvest when fully pink/red in color. Fruit should be somewhat soft when squeezed.

 

 

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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