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Solanum lycopersicum

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'Southern belle' is a Tomato variety in the Solanum genus with a scientific name of Solanum lycopersicum. 'Southern belle' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Painter yellow. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Red.

Said to be an heirloom from Savannah (Georgia, USA?), grown since the 1700’s. Great for eating fresh. Not good for canning (doesn’t slip skin very well).

This variety is an Fruit that typically grows as an Annual/Perennial, which is defined as a plant that can matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of one year or more. Normally grows with a erect-like habit.

United States is believed to be where Southern belle originates from.

Southern belle 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.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Southern belle have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Southern belle

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

This variety has a strong vining habit, so it would do best caged or staked.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Southern belle is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

Growing Southern belle from seed

Start indoors 6-weeks before last frost date.

Transplanting Southern belle

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

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

Harvesting Southern belle

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

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