Lucid Gem Tomato
Lucid Gem Tomato is a wow. Fleshy, thin skinned, sweet slicing tomato that ripen from yellow to a deep yellow/orange with dark anthocyanin stains as they mature. Vigorous plants that handle high temperatures in a hothouse. Excellent ability to stay ripe both on the vine and post-harvest.
Has become a Dave’s favourite quickly! Fruits have minimal seed and are a perfect all rounder. Fruits weigh around the 80 to 200 gram mark.
2021/22 season: Sown Aug 6, planted in hothouse Oct 26, ripening began Dec 29.
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 – 80 to 100cm
- 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.