Here is the Wild Tomato From Italy, Solanum lycopersicum. This tomato originates from the mainland of Italy. We have made hundreds upon hundreds of seed trades throughout the years and this is one of them. These small wild cherry tomatoes is said to grow wild throughout Italy and has no real background or history. We sometimes let them grow ever year for our own eating and sharing with neighbors as they come up almost ever year as volunteers ever since we received the seeds. This variety is a massive producer with numbers in the hundreds or even thousands of fruits! It is a small oblong cherry sized tomato that has a red skin when fully ripe with a red flesh inside getting to about .6 inch round-long and weighting around .125 oz. The thing about this variety is this tomato re-seeds it's self ever year! Plants can get to 12 feet tall with over a dozen tendril branches in really good soil but plants tend to get to 10 feet tall and are very heavy producers. The fully ripened fruits will have a deep rich solid color to them. Great tasting tomatoes for salads, eating fresh and for tomato sauce and paste! Open pollinated indeterminate regular leaf early to mid season 50 to 96 days or first frost. WARNING: do not plant this variety in your regular garden as it will reseed it's self and become a problem for that season. It's best to plant on edge of your yard or property where it can just grow wild.
Wild Tomato From Italy
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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.