75 days. Large fruits are borne on stocky compact 1m tall plants; ideal for containers. Produces plenty of delicious one pound deep pink to crimson beefsteak fruits. Very meaty with very few seeds. Classed as a ‘tree tomato’ due to its robust form and shortened leaf and flowering stalks. Best if given some support such as a stake. Whether you’re restricted to a patio, porch, or have a problem with growing tomatoes in the field, you might want to consider this variety. Heirloom from 1919.
- Seed Count: 25-30
- Collection Date: Sept 2018
- Hardiness Zone: annual
- Height and Width: compact bush
- Germination test type: hand sort
How to germinate “New Big Dwarf” tomato seeds:
Sow 5 mm deep. Keep moist; plastic cover improves success. Opt. germination temp: 18-25 C. Days to germ: 5-10. We use warmed moist medium (25-28C) when sowing. Equally warm water is used to mist in the seeds so there is good seed/medium contact. This jump starts the germination process. When watering your tomatoes ALWAYS use warm 25-28C water. This keeps the root mitochondria happy and vigorous. After all a plant is only as good as its roots. Give strong indirect light. After the 3rd true leaf, they’re transplanted from plug trays into individual containers. Medium is amended with rock phosphate, Gaia Green 4-4-4, and green sand. Once a week, the warm water is amended with 1 tbsp soluble kelp powder (2-2-16) and 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses per 5 gallon bucket. BTW: blossom end rot is a nutritional disorder caused by a lack of calcium causing fruit to rot from the blossom end. Use mulch to retain moisture. Never hit them with cold water.