Here is the Cадовая жемчужина розовая, Solanum lycopersicum. This tomato originates from Russia and we acquired it from a seed trade. It is pronounced Sadovaja Zhemchuzhina Rozovaja and It is also known as Pink Pearl of the Garden. The fruits are a small plum tomato with dark pink skin and pink flesh inside. The thing about this variety is the plant is very tiny getting to about 10 inches tall at best but spreads out along the ground and yet it's not considered a dwarf variety! Plants can get to 12 inches tall in really good soil but plants tend to get to 8 inches tall. They have a very sweet and intense tomato flavor with a light tangy twist. They are known to be grown in Russia in hanging baskets. They also make a great snacking tomato and go great in salads! Very similar to the "Thai Pink Egg Tomato" but darker pink and much sweeter. Open pollinated Indeterminate mid season regular leaf 55-70 days.
Cадовая жемчужина розовая
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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.