Tags: Heirloom Open Pollinated

Growing Practices: No Pesticides No Herbicides No Fungicides No Synthetic Fertilizers

Latin Name: Solanum lycopersicum

Days to Maturity: 85

Description:

Medium-sized beefsteak slicer, deep red with golden striping. Sweet with warm, savory taste, great on burgers. Tolerant of drought and temperature extremes.

These plants have already survived 120 degree days in June and were still setting fruit above 110 degrees through August. Now it's January as this is written, these plants have already survived several freezes this winter, and the tomatoes just keep on coming. Workhorse doesn't describe it, and it's efficient on water, as well. It obviously should be fed well, but it's a tough plant.

The selection criteria for Sonoran Flair are:

Heat resistance:
We are looking to sell a tomato seed that will set fruit well above 100 degrees. These plants have survived 120-degree summers in Southern Arizona's Sonoran Desert, and set fruit in spite of spending weeks at or above 110-115 degrees.

Drought tolerance:
A scarcity of water goes with the territory when the temperatures are well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the late afternoon.

Size:
This doesn't mean we select for the biggest monsters we can produce. We seek to select a variety that serves as the RIGHT SIZE rather than the largest size. We're looking for the perfect burger and sandwich slicers here.

As always, even if all the above criteria are met, taste is the deal-breaker. These tomatoes must taste GREAT or they just don't make the team, simple as that.

Unusual colors, cherry sizes or noteworthy mutations will, of course, be preserved for exploration as fixed phenotypes, going into the future.

Minimum 20 Seeds.

Germination Rate 88% Tested February 2017


Story of this Seed:

Our own Arizona adaptation, selected from the Solar Flair of Wild Boar Farms. Little can be done to improve upon the work already covered by Grower Brad Gates. We will see what nuances we can find.


Growing Tips:

Planting:

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 us “It’s a seed. Plant it in the ground. Put it 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.

Use ground cover such as melon or squash to cool the ground and preserve moisture through the hottest part of the summer. Then you can cut the ground vines away as fall approaches, and the mature plants will produce heavily until frost.

85 days, Indeterminate.

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Tomato: Sonoran Flair

Unit SizePriceDescription
1 Packet $3.99 Minimum 30 Seeds

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