Chmielewsky's Wild Tomato
Here is the Chmielewsky's Wild Tomato, Solanum chmielewskii, new for 2020. This wild tomato is native to the Andean valleys of southern Peru to northern Bolivia at 7600 to 10000 feet ASL. The base of the stem can become very woody and be grown like a annual! This Indeterminate, pinnate leaf, perennial tomato plant produces 1/2" sized, light green type tomatoes with tinges of purple when grown in full direct sunlight and has a peach fuzz skin that can be a heavy producing variety. Plants can get to over 6 feet tall and sprawl along the ground. They do have a distinct aroma that does not smell like a regular tomato plant but rather a lemony like aroma. We found this variety to be resistant to most diseases. The fruits are edible and delicious BUT may have a toxicity so grow it as an ornamental till further research is done. This variety is a long season type with fruits ripening into late September or October but will flower all year if wintered over the following year. Seeds are tiny an need some attention when starting, open pollinated 120 days.
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