Amish Paste Tomato (Organic 85 Days)
The Amish Paste Tomato is an 1870 Heirloom. The origin of this strain is said to be from the Amish communities in Wisconsin but discovered among the Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Sweeter than other paste tomatoes, the shape of the Amish Paste Tomato can vary from large plum to teardrop. Juicy, 8-12 oz fruits with meaty flesh and very little seeds; useful in sauces, for slicing or canning.
Germination: 7-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/4” deep
Starting Indoors: 6 weeks before the last frost. Provide 75-80ºF soil temperatures. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot, thin to the strongest seedling, or use the 20 Row seedling flat, transplanting into individual pots when seedlings get their 3rd set of leaves. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water-soluble fertilizer, diluted to ¼ of the suggested measurement. Transplant out after the last frost. Space 24-36" apart
Sowing Outdoors: Only in areas with very long growing seasons. Sow after the last frost.
Harvest: When fruit is red (or color of the variety planted) and firm.
Tips: The Amish Paste Tomato should be planted in fertile soil, amended with compost, mulch, and provide even moisture. Plant deeper than they were growing in the containers as it makes a stronger roots system. Apply a light compost tea every few weeks. Do not apply excessive nitrogen, which can promote excessive foliage and poor fruit set.