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Here is Solanum spontaneum, also known as Kruisbestomaat, Solanum pimpinellifolium Var. ribeosdes SYM. Lycopersicon pimpinellifolium var. cerasoides. This wild species is native to coastal areas from northern Peru to central Chile (also in central coastal Ecuador). It grows in wet places and on the edges of cultivated fields at altitude 0 to 500 m. This species differs from common tomato in a few features: it is almost glabrous or very short pubescent, has more flowers in inflorescences (over 12) and has small yellow fruits – only about .4 diameter with 12 per bract. There are 2 forms of Ribeosdes, red and yellow this listing is for the yellow form known as (Solanum spontaneum). The fruits have similar taste to common tomato but much stronger. It is more resistant to diseases than cultivated varieties and also very heat tolerant. These do have tough skins. NOTE: This variety has been identified by Wojciech Szymanski of Poland. Solanum spontaneum is not a species but nothing more then a garden variety name. Open pollinated, indeterminate, wild, regular leaf, early to mid season, yellow, currant, fresh eating, salad or sauce, 55 to 94+ days. LOT# 1 TAG#  00

Kruisbestomaat Solanum spontaneum

SKU: 7825-20
  • Quantity

    20 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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