Tomato 'Sandia Gem'
Belonging to the Solanum genus (Solanum lycopersicum 'Sandia Gem'), Sandia Gem is a variety of Tomato. 'Sandia Gem' is considered a heirloom cultivar.
Sandia Gem is an Endangered semi-dwarf, drought tolerant heirloom native American tomato from New Mexico. Indeterminate, with compact vines.
Has reddish orange globe shaped fruit, and great flavor.
Flavor is on the tart side, but many people like this.
High acidity makes it a good canning and salsa making tomato.
Compact vines are a plus, especially to urban growers.
A good container variety.
This variety has Very Poor distribution.
Currently being propagated by Seeds of Diversity’s seed-savers.
The only company selling this seems to be Greta’s Organic Gardens.
Not maintained by the Canadian gene bank.
Not maintained by the U.S. gene bank either.
United States is believed to be where Sandia Gem originates from.
Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Sandia Gem Tomato is normally quite easy to grow provided a minimum level of care is given throughout the year. It will be helpful to note the correct soil, sun and water needs of this plant to ensure that this plant thrives.
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How to grow Tomato 'Sandia Gem'
Growing Sandia Gem from seed
By our calculations, you should look at sowing Sandia Gem about 42 days before your last frost date.
Transplanting Sandia Gem
Harvesting Sandia Gem
Tomato 'Sandia Gem' information
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According to the site www.seeds.ca (Which is Seeds of Diversity’s on-line Heritage Plants Database), Sandia Gem original seeds were found in a pouch on a New Mexico mountain and carbon dated to the 1800s. In actuality, this variety is from the USA, and probably a Native American heirloom.
Original Seeds were found in leather pouch on the Sandia Mountain in 1985. The pouch carbon dated from around early 1800s. 3 seeds out of 150 germinated. Due to how and where it was found, this is very probably a Native American heritage plant (Native American heirloom).
Named after the Sandia Mountains, E of Albuquerque NM, which is where the seed pouch was discovered…The mountains are named “Watermelon” in Spanish, due to their color at sunset. This variety is not from Peru as some folks mistakenly claim.
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