Here is the Blue Keyes Tomato, Solanum lycopersicum. This tomato originates from the USA and was created by Dean Slater who named it after his friend , Rev. Michael Keyes. The fruits are a multicolored cherry pear tomato with a red colored flesh inside that can get to about 1.25 inches long and weighing 1 oz. Plants can get to 6 feet tall in really good soil but plants tend to stay around 5 feet tall. This tomato is known for its spectacular appearance and taste. There is another variation called the black keys, This listing is for the Blue Keys Tomato. The main difference is Blue Keyes tomatoes are red on the bottom end and the Black Keyes tomatoes are brown on the bottom. Great for salads, snacking and for tomato sauce! Open pollinated, indeterminate, regular leaf, mid to late season, multicolored, cherry pear, 75 to 98+ days. LOT# 1 TAG# 116-2021
Blue Keyes Tomato
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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.