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.

Short Growing Season and High Altitude
Currently being adapted for short seasons and cooler summers in our Painted Desert location at 6700 feet on top of a mesa in Pine and Juniper forest.

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.

85 days, Indeterminate.

Germination rate 95% - May 2020

Minimum 30 Seeds.


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.

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 such as manure tea or compost tea, every 10-14 days.

How to select:

Sonoran Flair grows through the season with a light green background and dark green stripes. As maturity approaches, the stripes begin to turn a reddish brown. Shortly thereafter, the fruit itself begins to redden and the stripes begin taking on a light brown, then decidedly golden hue. When the fruit is ripe, it's firm with a slight give, quite shiny and gives the impression of metallic gold on the striping and deep red car paint on the main background. Slice 'em for burgers, dice 'em for salads or eat them whole. These are tasty with a hint of acid, a hint of sweetness and a whole lot of savory goodness.

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Tomato: Sonoran Flair

Unit SizePriceDescription
1 Packet $5.50 Minimum 30 Seeds

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Painted Desert Seed Company

Sanders, AZ, United States (Zone 5)
Established in 1987
135.00 acres in production

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