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Organic Orange Flesh/Purple Smudge Tomato


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Organic Orange Fleshed Purple Smudge (86 days)

Sustainably Grown Tomato Seed

First donated to the USDA seedbank by Texas A&M University in 1963 with the notation ...   "Carries a new purple smudge character (without simple Mendelian inheritance). Tops of green fruit become purple to black when exposed to sunshine. Low nitrogen fertilizer helps expression of character."   First listed in the Seed Savers Yearbook in 1984.
As you can see by the photos these orange beauties have been kissed on the crown by purple!  Yes, purple!  One of the few tomatoes with true purple coloring.  I know, tons of other tomatoes maybe called "purple", but they just don't show the true purple color like Orange Fleshed Purple Smudge does.

Orange Fleshed Purple Smudge has a light almost sweet and slightly fruity taste.  Well balanced sweet and acid flavors.

California Grown Heirloom Tomato Seed
Orange Fleshed Purple Smudge (what a mouthful to say!) did really well here on the coast and was the second orange tomato to start producing here in the wine country.  It is a bit strange in that it almost looks ready to pick, but doesn't develop its deep orange color and characteristic purple top until the last few days.  It is a fairly firm and thick skinned tomato making it a good keeper in my opinion.  Prolific, but not all at once.  It seems to provide a steady stream of tasty tomatoes through out a prolonged season.  This heirloom tomato seemed very disease resistant and survived our first light frost with just a little damage.

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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 tollerat 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 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 - not letting the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely or overwatering and possibly having them rot.


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