Tags: Heirloom Open Pollinated
Growing Practices: No Pesticides No Herbicides No Fungicides No Synthetic Fertilizers
Latin Name: Solanum lycopersicum
Days to Maturity: 85-90
These big, beefy bi-color tomatoes are famous for warm flavor, for excellent taste, and as the perfect burger slicer.
Undeniably delicious, these large 1-pound fruit have gorgeous golden-orange, red streaked flesh and skin. Indeterminate plants produce sweet, juicy beefsteak type tomatoes that are low in acid and exceptionally tasty in sandwiches and salads.
Germination Rate 93% - Tested July 2016
85 days, Indeterminate.
Minimum 20 Seeds.
Story of this Seed:
Out of West Virginia, believed to be descended from the Arkansas Traveler. Both are excellent hot climate tomatoes.
How to prepare:
These are grown for hamburger and sandwich slices, dicing for salad, tacos and the like, and for an occasional decadent,
Sow seeds indoors into sterile seedling mix 6-8 weeks before your last spring frost. Plant, water lightly, and cover with plastic or a dome to keep the seeds from drying out. When the first set of true leaves has emerged, up-pot into 3-4 inch pots and place in an area with full light and cooler temperatures (60-70°F). This will help prevent legginess.
(NOTE: This is the standard recommendation for growing heirloom tomatoes, given by everyone from the First Lady down to the hobo on the park bench down the street, including many professional growers, biologists and prize winners. We have no quarrel with these methods. They have worked well for a long time for a lot of people.
BUT: we have a relative who used to be a produce farmer in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas during the Depression. He once told me “It’s a seed, fer cryin’ out loud. Plant it in the ground where you want it to grow.” This is the planting method we use here for every seed. All of our tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and every other variety began life in our gardens as a seed in the dirt, right where it spends its entire life growing up.
We feel that this results in more naturally vigorous seeds that thrive under difficult conditions and fight to stay alive. Your mileage may vary. Use whichever method suits you best. All we are saying is don’t be afraid to explore other methods, and see what results you get. That, too is part of gardening, as in so much of life.)
Water carefully, allowing the soil to dry on the surface between watering, but don’t let the plants wilt. Fertilize with fish emulsion or equivalent nutrient-rich feed every 10-14 days.
How to select:
Choose young, firm tomatoes with just a hint of “give” on the blossom end.
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United States (Zone 6B)
Established in 1987
55.00 acres in production