Old German Tomato Seeds


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Old German Tomato Seeds (75 days)

Sustainably Grown  Approx. 25 heirloom seeds

Indeterminate vines with potato leaves. Old German is a Mennonite family heirloom from the Shenandoah Valley of Virgina.  First introduced to the seed trade in 1985 by Seed Savers Exchange.

Old German produces large, and I do mean large fruits, weighing up to 2lbs.  We even had some close to 3lbs! Its color is red-yellow or any stunning combination thereof.  Think of a sunset in the Bahamas!  Cut them open and the flesh is red-orange.  Just amazing.

It goes without saying that Old German must be staked!  A few of these suckers hanging on the vine without support and the whole plant will be on the ground.  Even regular steel cages were no match, as they seemed to crumple under the weight. 

California Grown Heirloom Seed
Kind of started producing early here for a beefsteak, but hit its zenith when the hot summer days came like all the rest.  Not as productive as Striped German, but still a good haul. 

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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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