Here is the Cannibal's Tomato, Solanum uporo. This tomato originates from the south Pacific Islands. It also goes by other names like Solanum viride, green nightshade, garland berry, poroporo or boro dinaIt. It is a small round slightly flattened red fruit that is similar to a cherry pepper. The fruits are green turning red with a yellow or cream flesh inside that gets to 1.5 inch round and weighting around 1 oz. Plants can get to 6 feet tall in really good soil but tend to stay around 3.25 feet tall. This fruit inside looks kinda like a tomato but also kinda looks like an eggplant. It is said that this fruit and leaves was used to eat human flesh hence the name Cannibal's Tomato. Fruits can be eaten raw or fresh an used in many dishes tho they do have a tangy taste. Strangely enough we found it to go pretty good with chicken! Open pollinated, perennial or indeterminate, eggplant like leaf, early to mid season, red, raw or cooked 49 to 98+ days. LOT# 4 TAG# 145-2022
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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.