Origin: German cultivar.
Tomato 'German Red Strawberry'
Preferred Situation: Full sun; well draining fertile soil.
Harvest Date: Monday 04 February, 2008
Seed count: 20-25
85 days. This German heirloom bears dense, meaty, nearly seedless uniform ‘oxheart’ fruit that resemble a strawberry in colour and shape…with fruits averaging 10 ounces. Produces an abundance of extremely flavourful tomato making it essential tomato for salads, sandwiches, canning and cooking. Use strong stakes for this one.
Open pollinated. Bigger the roots at transplant (mid May) bigger the harvest. Prune sparingly. Protect from rain; water at plant base never foliage except foliar feeds. Heavy feeder; use balanced organic fertilizer. Excess nitrogen= leaves no fruit; no calcium=blossom end rot; extreme heat=blossom drop.
Sow 5 mm deep. Keep moist; plastic cover improves success. Opt. germination temp: 18-25 C. Days to germ: 5-10. All tomatoes drop their blooms when temperatures reach 85 F or greater, so make sure your tomatoes don't get over heated. Blossom end rot is a nutritional disorder where a lack of calcium causes the fruit to rot from the blossom end so be sure you use something like rock phosphate (22% calcium) when amending your tomato beds. Use mulch to retain moisture or prevent water from splashing up on your plants as tomatoes hate having their foliage wet...NEVER WATER FROM ABOVE...its like someone splashing a cold bucket of water on you! See our tomato article under 'Confessions of a Mad Gardener' for growing information.