This annual medium-sized, specialty tomato is an indeterminate variety. Indeterminate varieties are often called “pole” varieties because they grow long, vining stocks that need support. Vines can be very vigorous, reaching 7″ feet or more in areas with frost. In mild climates like that of Southern California, vines can reach 20 feet or more. Be sure to put up some kind of trellising system when you plant. On our farm, we like to use heavy gauge t-posts and tomato wire. Tomato cages tend to not be strong enough or large enough to hold indeterminate tomatoes sufficiently.
Fruits of about 1-2” are grown in clusters, each ripening at different periods. This makes for a long season of harvesting. These tasty tomatoes are perfect for snacking, salads, or for making salsa verde. Fruit begins to turn an orange/yellow color when ripe, making this a fun tomato for kids to observe from start to finish.
Suggested Planting Requirements: Tomatoes can be direct sown or transplanted. For direct sowing, garden beds must be prepped, and soil should be above 60 degrees. To transplant, start seeds in the greenhouse six weeks before the last frost, then transplant them into your garden. Tomatoes are unique in that they can be buried very deep. The tiny white hairs on the vegetable stalk will actually form roots. Some gardeners suggest planting them sideways. Tomatoes love fertile soil rich in organic matter. Add plenty of compost before planting. Soil pH is preferred between 5.5 and 7.0. Soil should be moist at planting time. Watering should be done at weekly intervals and overwatering avoided. To prevent disease, avoid overhead watering and water at the soil level.
Growing Recommendations: Tomatoes require full sun for healthy and fast growth. A balanced organic fertilizer should be added before planting in the garden. If you are aware of calcium deficiencies in your soil, it is likely your tomatoes will suffer from blossom end rot which is easily taken care of with the addition of a calcium amendment to the soil. During the growing season, water at the soil level of the plants avoiding getting the foliage wet. Prune excess foliage and suckers for maximum production. More information on pruning suckers here. Pruning also helps to increase airflow for tomatoes and can help prevent diseases. Keep a lookout for pests like whiteflies which can decrease production.
Harvesting & Storage: Harvest when individual fruits are slightly tender to the squeeze of a finger. This may be before the tomatoes are fully colored.
History: The green zebra tomato was introduced by breeder Tom Wagner in 1983. After years of breeding work, Tom was able to create this amazing tomato from a cross of Glamour Evergreen and a striped tomato. This produced the beloved green tomato we have today. Thanks, Tom!
More general information on tomatoes here.
|Days to Germination:||10-15+|
|Days to Maturity:||70-80+|
|Height at Maturity:||4’-5’|
|Lighting Requirements:||Full Sun|
Package Weight: .25 gram
Approximate seed count per packet: 120 seeds
Sows about a 100′ row taking into account thinning.
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