± 25 seeds
Matures in 85 days
Determinant plant, approximately 24 to 30 inches tall
Dark red tomato with light green stripes, about 2 inches in size.
The plant is distinguished by its very pale green foliage.
Start your tomato seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last ground frost. Sow the seeds in a tray at 1/4" deep and about 1" apart. Keep the room temperature around 20°C (70°F) until germination. Also, provide adequate light with a grow light or in front of a sunny window; keep the soil moist, but ensure proper drainage. When the second set of leaves emerges, transplant the seedlings into individual pots and bury the stems as low as possible for optimal rooting. Remember to acclimate your plants a week before putting them in the garden to harden them. Note that tomatoes do not tolerate cold and should not be planted in the garden until all threat of frost is gone. Plant in full sun in rich, well-drained soil, and once again, bury your plants as low as possible to promote rooting.
Tomatoes often perform better with a trellis or support, as it protects them from pests and diseases associated with excessive ground contact. As the plants begin to grow, tie them to the support to aid in their development. Temperatures below 12°C (55°F) can reduce production, so you'll need to protect the plants if temperatures drop. Water the plants, but try to avoid wetting the leaves as much as possible to prevent yellowing. As soon as frost arrives, all tomatoes should be harvested, even the green ones. Unripe tomatoes will eventually ripen if kept in a warm place away from direct sunlight.