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Aunt Ruby's German Green DF Tomato


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Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato Seeds (80 days)

Sustainably Grown  Approx. 25 heirloom seeds

The story of how seeds travel is sometimes amazing. One of our most popular green beefsteak tomatoes has just such a story and without all those involved, we wouldn't be able to bring it to you today. 

The story of this tomato starts somewhere in Germany.  Where and how we don't know for sure, but reportedly the seed was handed down to Ruby Arnold of Greeneville, TN from her German Immigrant grandfather.   It was just another one of those heirloom seeds that was kept alive through a family line. Ruby passed away in 1997, but before she did, Bill Minkey received some seed from Ruby's niece and introduced it to the Seed Savers Exchange in 1993.  If any of these people had not been seed savers this tomato would have gone extinct. 

Aunt Ruby's German Green easily weigh over a pound and has a sweet, juicy, spicy sometimes fruity flavor. As with many green tomatoes you pick based on feel and not color. 
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¼" - ½" 250-300 70-85 6-9 60" 18-36" 75 lb. Full

Planting Tips for Heirloom Tomatoes:

Most gardeners want to get the most out of these delicious heirloom tomatoes and therefore give them a head start on the growing season.  Start these vegetable seeds indoors in sterile potting mix, being sure to keep the temperature above 70 degrees.  Some people prefer to use a grow pad, but the top of the fridge has been known to be quite effective as well. 

Once the first true leaves appear on your tomato seedlings, transplant into 4" pots until you have completely hardened them off in the garden.  Hardening is a process of exposing the plants more and more to outside temperature until they are hardy enough to tolerate a complete outdoor move.  Generally speaking, by early summer heirloom tomatoes should be transplated into the garden.

Most heirloom varieties are quite productive and will greatly benefit from sturdy supports.  It may also be advisable to add blood and bone meal to the worked soil to help ensure healthy productive heirloom tomatoes.

Seed Care tips for Heirloom Tomato Seeds:

Heirloom seeds are hardy, but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.


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