Tomato, Amish Paste (Solanum lycopersicum) - 50 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 3-12
This 8 Oz acorn-shaped tomato is considered by many to be among the best varieties for paste and sauce. This heirloom tomato variety takes about 80 days until harvest and may need staking because it is indeterminate. Amish Paste Tomato Plants produce sweet, juicy fruits with a full, rich flavor that doesn't cook away. This heirloom tomato is thought to have originated in the late 1800's with the Amish in Wisconsin.
Start tomatoes indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring, sowing the seeds in a flat 1/4" deep and 1" apart. Keep the temperature at 70-75 degrees F until germination, as well as providing adequate light in a sunny window or under a grow light; keep the soil moist, but make sure drainage is adequate. When the second set of leaves emerges, transplant the seedlings into individual pots; bury the stems up to the lowest set of leaves to grow strongly rooted plants. A week before planting the seedlings outside, begin exposing them to the weather during the day to harden them; tomatoes cannot endure cold weather, and should not be transplanted outside until all threat of frost has passed. When the soil temperature reaches at least 70 degrees F, plant the seedlings in full sun and very rich soil; once more, bury the entire stem up to the lowest set of leaves. If providing a trellis, space the plants 2' apart, but if allowing the vines to spread, space the plants 3-4' apart. Indeterminate tomato varieties often perform best when provided with a trellis or support, since this protects them from various pests and diseases in connection with too much soil contact. Put the supports in place before the seedlings develop vines.
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