Origin: Himalaya cultivar
Preferred Situation: Full sun; well draining fertile acidic soil.
Harvest Date: Tuesday 06 October, 2009
Seed count: 15-20
75-80 days. This Himalayas heirloom produces beautiful deep red unblemished 8 ounce firm fruit with a wonderful rich old fashioned taste with a great acid to sugar balance making it one heck of a sandwich and salad tomato. Tolerates cool growing conditions also a great keeper if picked green and wrapped in paper to ripen over the winter months. Does well in cool well ventilated greenhouses. Big plants produce an abundance of fruit. Use extra strong stakes. Its my brother-in-law's second favorite tomato.
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.