German Pink Tomato is One of the original two Bavarian varieties that started The Seed Savers Exchange. Great family heirloom, plants produce large 1-2 pound meaty fruits with few seeds.
German Pink Tomato History
Prior to the Franco-Prussian war of 1871, Germany was divided into territories. German pink tomato plants were found to hail from the duchy (territory) of Bavaria. Other German heirloom tomatoes were introduced from other duchies, but often the plants were genetically the same from seeds passed down and swapped. Over the course of a few hundred years of this, with some cross breeding and some folks saving seeds from the biggest tomatoes and others saving from the reddest fruit, you get entirely different looking varieties that share common ancestors. In the case of German pink tomatoes, the common ancestor is believed to be Brandywine.
How To Plant German Pink Tomato Seeds
When asking about how to plant tomatoes, the first question is how deep. Tomatoes have the ability to grow roots along their stems, so when planting tomato plants, plant deep; right up to the first set of leaves. This takes care of those leggy tomato seedlings. If the plant is too long and wobbly, dig a small trench and lay the plant on its side, gently bending it into a right angle.
Bury the stem in this position leaving those first two leaves exposed. Some gardeners believe those leggy starters will form a healthier plant than those with a more compact form. Water your seedlings in with a weak solution of high phosphorus fertilizer. Now is the time to choose your support: stakes, cages, or unsupported. How far apart to plant tomato seedlings depends on your chosen support. If you decide to use cages or stakes, place them now so you don’t damage the growing roots later. Click here to learn more
Preserving And Storing German Pink Tomato Plants
Supremely ripe, juicy summer tomatoes are worth waiting for, but with a few tricks up your sleeve, you can save that great tangy flavor to enjoy later in the year. Can, freeze, dry, or just simply cook down tomatoes with the methods below. Some of these methods require a bit of time, but none require special skills or anything terribly complicated. Click here to learn more
German Pink Heirloom Tomato Recipe
Come home with a ridiculous amount of tomatoes? Are your tomato plants ripening at break-neck speed? Try these quick ways—each takes less than 10 minutes—to work through the bounty of tomatoes. Click Here for this amazing recipe.
German Pink Tomato Nutrition
Here are the nutrients in a small (100-gram) raw tomato: Calories, Water, Protein, Carbs, Sugar, Fiber, Fat
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