Fitting of its name, this Italian heirloom from Naples bears finger like trusses of medium-sized paste tomatoes Incredible yields of 4 oz., 4-5’ fruits with firm meaty flesh and a rich, savory flavor with little seed; ideal for purée, salsa, sauces, and canning. It outperformed San Marzano in our garden with over 25 bunches of tomatoes growing on one plant, having 5-7 fruits per bunch. Semi Indeterminate.
Germination: 7-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 75-85 degrees F. Cooler soil temperatures increase germination time or results in poor germination.
Seed Sowing Depth: ¼” deep
Starting Indoors: 4-6 weeks before last frost. Sow seeds in flats/cells/pots. Provide 75-85 degrees F soil temperatures. After the first true leaves appears, transplant into larger, 3-6” pots/cells/flats . Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water soluble fertilizer (diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement). Transplant seedlings 24-36” apart after last frost.
How much does a packet plant: 30-40 foot single row ( varies with seeds count)
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 throughout the growing season with good drainage. Plant deeper than they were growing in the containers, 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.