42 Days Tomato
42 Days Tomato is very early ripening and well suited to cool climates. As its name suggests, in ideal conditions you may have your first ripe tomato after 42 days. Took 48 and 54 days (two plants) for me in the cool start to the 2022/23 season but produces plenty of cherry sized red fruits over December and January.
Was my first fruit of the season maturing on Nov 30 2022 grown in the hothouse. A bush tomato that grows to around 40cm wide and requires a few stakes to support the weight of the fruits and keep the plant off the ground. Fruits weigh around 9 to 25 grams
Hothouse 2022/23 growing: Planted 7/10/22, first ripe fruit 30/11/22, 1000 fruits ripe by late Jan on 1 bush.
Outside 2022/23 growing: Planted 14/10/22 (This proved too early given the cold months after), first ripe fruit 26/12/22. I recommend planting late October to mid November for quicker ripening so the plant is not set back as much from cold fronts if your growing in Tasmania. A bush I planted 21/11/22 started ripening 8/1/23 which is 48 days.
Sow – Start on a heat mat ideally in late August to October and plant out after frost risk and soils around 10 deg at night (after 7 days consecutively).
Can start earlier if planting in a hothouse. 8 weeks on average from sowing to planting if using a heat-mat.
Spacing – 50-60cm
- Back to Tomatoes
- How I Grow my tomatoes post
- Tomatoes on the Wiki
- The wild ancestor of the tomato is native to western South America. These wild versions were the size of peas. Aztecs and other peoples in Mesoamerica were the first to have domesticated the fruit and used in their cooking.
- The Spanish first introduced tomatoes to Europe, where they became used in Spanish food.
- In France, Italy and northern Europe, the tomato was initially grown as an ornamental plant. It was regarded with suspicion as a food because botanists recognized it as a nightshade, a relative of the poisonous belladonna.
- This was exacerbated by the interaction of the tomato’s acidic juice with pewter plates.
- The leaves and immature fruit contains tomatine, which in large quantities would be toxic. However, the ripe fruit contains no tomatine