Here is the LA1272 Wild Tomato Solanum pennellii Type 1, PI 365970. This tomato originates from Peru and was collected by Rick, Charles M. C.M. Rick Tomato Genetic Resources Center in 1971. Solanum pennellii grows wild and is a native species to Northern Peru mostly in Piura all the way to northern Chile mostly in and around Tarapacá in dry rocky places and sandy areas at sea level to 10,000 feet ASL. It is a very different species than others and it belongs to monotypic Neolycopersicon group. it is also said to be a bit of tomato and a bit of potato! This perennial can get to about 3+ feet tall, with silver-green leaves and velvety stems which are very fragile and break even with the slightest touch. Fruits are about .5 to .6 inches in diameter and fall when fully ripe. It is considered a wild relative of the common tomato. The flowers and fruits appear consistently throughout the year, but there is a noticeable increase in flowering between September and October. This species is very difficult to start from seed as well as growing it and getting it to fruit. NOT a beginner level tomato, you need some experience growing wild tomatoes to master this one. Open pollinated indeterminate tomato irregular leaf 90 to more then 120 days and may need to winter over before it fruits. It is not know if the fruits are edible or not so grow as an ornamental for now.
Wild Tomato, Solanum pennellii Type 1
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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.