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Tomato 'Ethiopia'  

Solanum lycopersicum

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Ethiopia is a popular variety of Tomato, which belongs to the Solanum genus (Solanum lycopersicum 'Ethiopia'). 'Ethiopia' is considered a heirloom cultivar. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Painter yellow.

Endangered heirloom variety. Not to be confused with the “Black Ethiopian” tomato which is another variety.


Red, compact bushy tomato, good keeper, regular leafed plant. Disease resistant.

It is an Fruit and is treated mainly as a Annual, This means that it grows best over the course of a single year. Ethiopia is known for its Vine habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.20 metres (3.90 feet).

Ethiopia is believed to be where Ethiopia originates from.

Ethiopia 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 Ethiopia have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Ethiopia

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Position in a full sun location and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Ethiopia 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 Ethiopia 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 Ethiopia about 42 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Ethiopia

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 Ethiopia is a tender plant.

Harvesting Ethiopia

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

Ethiopia folklore & trivia

Collected from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1993.

Other Names for Tomato 'Ethiopia'

Roi Humbort, Ethiopia Roi Humbort

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