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.

Chmielewsky's Wild Tomato

SKU: 7523-10
$5.99Price
  • Quantity 10 seeds

    10 seeds

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  • GERMINATION INFO

    Germination Info
    1) Prepare for planting. Sprout tomato seeds in small containers, preferably 4" or smaller. In-ground germination is not recommended. Use a standard potting mix that is well drained. Start seeds in containers approximately 8 weeks prior to the planned set-out date. Plants should ultimately be transplanted to the garden 1-2 weeks after the expected date of last frost.
    2) Plant seeds. Plant seeds 1/4" deep in the soil. Cover with soil and water carefully. Overwatering can cause fungal growth which leads to seed rot. Excess water can also bury seeds deep in the soil where they will not be able break the surface. Water when the soil surface just begins to dry. Multiple seeds can be planted in a single starter container, but should be thinned once seedlings appear so only a single plant remains. Seeds do not require light for germination but some light source should be provided for seedlings once they emerge from the soil.
    3) Germination. Soil should be kept consistently warm, from 70-85F. Cool soils, below about 60-65F, even just at night, will significantly delay or inhibit germination. Hot soils above 95F will also inhibit germination.
    4) Care of seedlings. Once a few true leaves have developed, seedlings should be slowly moved outside (if sprouted indoors) to ambient light. Care should be taken not to expose seedlings to direct, scorching sun so plants may need to be hardened off via slow sun exposure. Hardening off can be done using a shaded or filtered light location, as well as protection from strong winds, rain or low humidity. Hardening off time varies, but can take 5-10 days.
    5) Planting out. Plant in the ground once danger of frost has past and daytime temperatures consistently reach 65F. Plants can be spaced as close as 24" apart. Germination time: 1-3 weeks under ideal conditions.

     

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