If good genes are juggling balls, a vegetable variety can keep only so many balls in the air. Generally there are direct trade-offs between, say, flavor and yields, or disease resistance and vigor. Putting energy into one trait means less energy toward other traits. Enter Italian Heirloom Tomato, defying this most basic genetic rule with its outstanding flavor AND yields. Plants pump out loads of 1lb, oblong fruits for weeks on end, making it perhaps our most productive tomato. The meaty fruits pack a ton of well-balanced flavor and are great for both canning and fresh-eating. Unlike many large heirloom varieties whose green shoulders and hard, white cores require cutting around, this variety creates vanishingly little waste! Indeterminate.
Days to Maturity: 65-70
Latin name: Solanum lycopersicum
Life cycle for seed saving: Annual
Start Italian Heirloom Tomato indoors mid-March through early May. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 75-85°. Seed depth: 1/8”. Plant spacing: deter. 12-18”, indeter. 24-36”. Harden off before planting in ground. Plant in full sun after danger of frost has passed. Indeterminate varieties will require trellising.
All of our seed is Non-GMO and Certified Organic by Washington State Department of Agriculture. We grow the majority of our varieties here at Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island while we purchase the rest from other small, organic Northwest seed growers. Finally, all of our offerings are open-pollinated (OP) so that you too can save and share seed from these plants!