Here is the Sirja's Love Tomato, Solanum lycopersicum. This tomato originates from Romania and is a rename being it never had a name to begin with. Some consider it a dwarf and some consider it a micro dwarf. This is the story behind it: “There will be no chance to know the original name, perhaps it has had none. A friend of a friend of a friend of a friend – I don't know him and I don't know how he got to know of my passion – had discovered 4 tasty tomatoes somewhere in a small village in Romania and had saved a few seeds and I got them on a piece of paper in 2013 with very vague descriptions, started them first last year. Only one survived late blight, not a single ripe fruit from the others. I only knew that this tomato had been grown in a window box and was yellow, so I put it in a hanging basket (the usual dia I use is about 25 cm or 9 inches). It was an early producer of delicious yellow cherries and when my eldest granddaughter was with me, she picked everything ripe and was very disappointed when there was nothing ripe left. As no name was given, I decided to name it after her, Sirja. She loved these cherries more than any other tomato, therefore Sirja's Love”.The fruits are a egg shaped cherry type with an deep yellow skin and yellow flesh inside that gets to about 1 inch round and weighting around .5 oz. The thing about this variety is has no history we know of and considered a hanging Basket Tomato variety! Plants can get to 18 inches tall in really good soil but plants tend to get to 12 inches tall but more of a bush. Great for salads, eating fresh and for tomato sauce! Open pollinated indeterminate regular leaf early to mid season 55-85 days.
Sirja's Love 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.