Here is the Galapagos Wild Tomato Hairy Strain (Minor) Type 1, Solanum galapagense. It also goes under the botanical name of Lycopersicon cheesmaniae var. minor or L. cheesmanii var. minor but (Solanum galapagense) is the accepted botanical name. Their are 2 species native to the Galapagos Islands, major and minor. There are also 2 variations of the minor, a hairy type (1) and a non-hairy type (2). This listing is for the minor (Solanum galapagense) hairy type (1) variety. This particular species and variety (Hairy Type 1) grows along the coast line not in the highlands and is tolerant of salty soil as well as thriving under high intensity light. The leaves are divided, tripinnate with tertiary leaflets. Fruits are extremely small ranging from .25 to .45 inches round and are very hairy and orange in color. They also have long calyxes for the size of the tomato. The wild tomato (Solanum galapagense) from Galapagos Archipelago is a very rare tomato type to come across! We found this variety to be resistant to most diseases. The fruits are NOT edible and are said to be toxic so grow it as an ornamental till further research is done. This species tends to handle cooler climates and grows well in very wet conditions. Seeds are tiny an need some attention and very slow at start an may have a dormancy, if yes use GA3 hormone to start them. They can be over wintered and will live for many years! Open pollinated Indeterminate, regular leaf, perennial 65-100+ days.

Galapagos Wild Tomato Hairy Strain (Minor) Type 1

SKU: 7594-10
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    10 seeds

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    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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