Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Stupice Early Tomato

This is absolutely without question the most successful tomato plant for gardeners who live near the Pacific Coast, here in Zone 8 (or 9 or 10, depending on which side of the hills you live on).  It's pronounced StuPeechKa and hails from what is now known as the Czech Republic.  The large potato-type leaves are a dead give away that it's an heirloom, but the story goes that it was in fact a hybrid that became quite stable.  After many years, it began to reproduce to type from seed, and was re-classified an heirloom some fifty years ago.
We have a cherished customer in Campbell, California who swears that she has had tomatoes off the same plant for five years!  She SWEARS by it and even brought me a sample in January that tasted pretty darn good for a winter tomato.
Stupice is an indeterminate, but stays fairly small in size as a plant.  Some people grow it in large containers.  The tomato is fairly small - about 2 oz. - and tasty.  It is absolutely one of the earliest tomatoes in the garden and will reward you with a long productive season.  What makes it so popular here is that it succeeds in setting fruit close to the Pacific Coast, where it sees little sun and few warm days.  
The seeds are readily available from most mail order seed companies and the seedlings are readily available.  We at Cole Canyon Farm have just started about 200 of them and will continue to start the seeds throughout most of 2009.  
Check in tomorrow for more information about other Early and Ultra Early tomatoes.

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  1. he large potato-type leaves are a dead give away that it's an heirloom, but the story goes that it was in fact a hybrid that became quite stable. After many years, it began to reproduce to type from seed, and was re-classified an heirloom some fifty years ago.details

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