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PRINCIPE BORGHESE TOMATO (78 days) (HEIRLOOM)

HEIRLOOM Determinate. 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 and branches can be hung to dry until 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

PLANTING:

Indoors- 6 weeks before last frost, 1/4” deep with soil temperatures 75 degrees. Liquid fertilize seedlings every 7-10 days. Transplant out 24-36” apart after last frost when soil is 55-60 degrees and night temperatures are over 45 degrees.

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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04/16/2019
Christine C.
United States

Principe Borghese

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

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01/31/2019
Nancy Sauerman

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.

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01/10/2017
Bill Koechling

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.