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Tomato 'Italian tree'

Solanum lycopersicum

Italian tree is a popular variety of Tomato, which belongs to the Solanum genus (Solanum lycopersicum 'Italian tree'). 'Italian tree' is considered a heirloom cultivar.

A potato-leaf plant with vines that can grow up to 15 feet in height, the fruit of this variety is a whopping 1-2lbs with a 4-5" diameter. A good “old-fashioned” tomato flavour, it is excellent fresh or preserved. An excellent grower for country/farmer’s markets. Gary Ibsen of tomatofest.com rates this as a personal favourite. Indeterminate.

An annual, so it will last but a year in its native climate. Italian tree is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.20 metres (3.90 feet).

United States is believed to be where Italian tree originates from.

Italian tree Tomato is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

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How to grow Tomato 'Italian tree'

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Enjoys a full sun position in your garden and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Italian tree is thought of as tender, so it is imperative to wait until temperatures are mild before planting out of doors. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 3 - 14 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ensure your soil is loamy and has a ph of between 5.0 and 6.0 as Tomato is a moderately acidic soil to weakly acidic soil loving plant.

Growing Italian tree from seed

Start seeds indoors six weeks before last frost date.

Ensure a distance of 2.60 feet (80.0 cm) between seeds when sowing - look to sow at a depth of approximately 0.78 inches (2.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 12°C / 54°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Italian tree about 42 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Italian tree

Transplant out when around 15cm (6 inches) high.

Plant to the first set of true leaves to promote strong root growth.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Italian tree is a tender plant.

Harvesting Italian tree

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by late summer.

Tomato 'Italian tree' information

How long does Italian tree take to grow?

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Italian tree folklore & trivia

First introduced by Burgess Seed and Plant Co., Galesburg, Michigan, USA in 1937

Other Names for Tomato 'Italian tree'

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