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Principe Borghese Tomato (Heirloom, 78 Days)

This is the tomato used for sun drying in Italy. It is very small (1 to 2 ounces), plum shaped, and pointed at one end. Fruits are born in large clusters of several dozen, like grapes. They are meaty with little juice. Branches can be hung to dry until the fruit becomes leathery. In Italy they just throw the vines over a fence. We've had success in our cool, wet climate with slicing them in half and drying them in an oven with just the pilot light. Don't give this one too much water as you don't want juicy fruit for drying. 

20 seeds


Solanum lycopersicum


Germination: 7-14 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF.

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/4” deep

Starting Indoors: 6 weeks before 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 suggested measurement. Transplant out after last frost. Space 24-36" apart

Sowing Outdoors: Only in areas with very long growing seasons. Sow after last frost. 

Harvest: When fruit is red (or color of the variety planted) and firm.

Tips: Plant 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.


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Christine C.
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Principe Borghese

Excited to see how they taste and dry. They are looking out the window at the snow right now.

Nancy S.

tomato for drying

Produces a very tasty dried tomato. Productive and mostly unscathed even with our excessive rains last year. Great for snacks and salads, too.

Bill K.

Very Productive!

I love these! A single plant can provide huge numbers of really tasty tomatoes. We let one plant get nearly 8 feet tall and it produced tomatoes all the way to the top! These are also good for drying since they don't have lots of moisture.