Siletz Tomato

$3.75

  • Solanum lycopersicum
  • Seed Packet contains approx 20 seeds.
  • Open Pollinated. Organically Grown

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Siletz Tomato

Siletz Tomato is an early variety producing deep red, full-flavoured slicing tomatoes around 150 to 300 grams. Developed by Dr. James Baggett of Oregon State University, these plants yield well in cool weather. Good acid taste and excellent interior fruit quality in an early tomato.

Best suited to cool or temperate climates, Siletz may have problems with abnormal fruit shape and catfacing in warmer northern states. Determinate (Bush), regular leaf that requires staking to support the weight of the fruit.

Outside 2023/24 growing: Planted 4/12/23, first ripe fruit 27/1/24, 54 days (Cool Climate). Fruits still being piacked in mid April.

When to Sow: Start on a heat mat ideally in late August to October (Cool Climate) 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.

Cool Climate: mid JUL– NOV (Heat mat)

Temperate:  SEP – DEC

Sub – Tropical: MAR – DEC (Humidity induces disease)

Tropical: mid APR to JUL (Humidity induces disease)

  • Tomatoes enjoy lower humidity and 20-30 degree daytime temps and night times above 8 to 10 degrees. Plant out only after risk of frost (protect if late frost)

Spacing – 80-120cm, high yields when grown in a cage and allowed to do its thing.

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  • 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
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