tomato 'Costoluto Fiorentino'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: humus-rich, moisture retentive soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Hardiness: half hardy
Coming from the area around Florence, this indeterminate (cordon - not a bush as stated by some other seed companies) produces medium-large, old-fashioned, mishapen, heavy, ribbed beef tomatoes. They are very meaty (can weigh around 150g each) and are ideal for slicing. This variety is so good it has won the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. You really cant go wrong.
- Growing Instructions
Sow indoors - February to May. Sow 1cm deep in trays or alternatively two seeds per pot selecting the strongest seedling. Use multi purpose compost, to cover seeds. Plant out in a greenhouse April to June, then restrict the plant to six trusses for better quality fruits. Keep well watered to prevent the fruits splitting.
Harvest - July to September
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Hi, Can you get blossom end rot on both ends of the tomato? Mine seem to be going soft at the joined end and then dropping off Thanks love JulieAsked on 7/28/2009 by Julie Losh
A:Hello Julie, Blossom end rot will only affect the bottom of the tomato, so I suspect yours are suffering from something else. They are prone to a number of things that will make the fruits rot, so I am not really sure what might be causing this with yours. I would remove all the damaged tomatoes as quickly as possible and keep an eye on the watering and air circulation. I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 7/29/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Tomatoes not ripening?
Hi there, I wonder if you can help. This year I am growing the tomato variety "Shirley" in the greenhouse. They are very healthy and laden with fruit, but they are not ripening. Regards. KateAsked on 7/17/2009 by kate roberts
A:Hello Kate, There is something called Dry Set, which means the growth of the tomatoes stops when they are still very small. This is brought about by the air being too hot and dry when pollination is taking place, and the best way to cure this is to mist the plants with water twice a day - in the morning and evening.Answered on 7/17/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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