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San Marzano Tomato (Heirloom 82 Days)

San Marzano has always been my favorite paste tomato despite its lack of disease resistance. This strain, imported from Italy, is particularly good. A vigorous vine carries large, lobed fruits, almost like elongated bell peppers. The fruit has a pleasant and mild tomato flavor which we really like. It has very low water content and thick flesh with an open seed cavity. Yields are very high. 

35 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 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: 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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Norma D.
United States United States
I recommend this product

They are really producing right now. I am going to can them in salsa and Marinara sauce. First time using them. Norma D

janet l.
United States United States
Number 1

The mainstay from now on for my spaghetti sauce!

United States
A fine sauce tomato for my finicky tastes

I don't really like "wet" tomatoes so much, which seems to cover most of the traditional 'slicers' in the tomato family. Thus I generally grow mostly 'sauce' varieties, and Lampadina ("which means "light bulbs" in Italian) is a very reliable cropper, and it is surely the "driest" tom I have encountered --- it has an actual air-space inside each fruit instead of the usual wet muck. Other San Marzano strains are equally productive, but wetter. Lampadina definitely has a place in my veg garden.

Frank F.
United States
San Marzano....Gotta love these !

Always excellent sauce and roasting. 100% germination. Thanks again