80 Days to harvest. Open pollinated, non-GMO, heirloom tomato seeds. Regular leaf. Bring some color to your garden and plant these Amana Orange Tomato seeds. Plants produce huge meaty bright orange tomatoes. These large orange tomatoes are an old heirloom that originated in Amana, Iowa. As a beefsteak variety, each fruit can get up to two pounds or more so be sure to provide adequate support. Average size of these tomatoes is about 5″ in diameter. The flavor of these tomatoes is quite delicious with a subtle sweet tangy, almost tropical, flavor and not too acidic.
How To Start Amana Orange Tomato Seeds
As with most tomato seeds it’s best to start them indoors at least 6 weeks before your last frost date. Tomatoes are frost sensitive and should not be transplanted into the garden until the threat of frost has passed. You can find your frost dates on the Farmer’s Almanac website. Use high quality seeds starting mix in your cell packs and trays. Soil should be damp but not wet. Ideally you should only be able to squeeze a drop or two of water from a handful. It’s best to wet the soil before putting in trays so you can test. After the filing the seed trays with soil place one or two seeds on top of the soil in each cell. Use your finger to press them into the soil to a depth of about 1/4″ or so then lightly cover the holes with soil. A humidity dome of some sort should be used to maintain the moisture. A heated seed starting mat with a temperature controller will accelerate the germination process. Try and maintain a temperature of about 75F. Once the seedlings start to pop up through the soil, they should be provided a quality source of light such as fluorescents or LED lights. Do not attempt to grow them in a windowsill, this will more often than not result in seedlings that are leggy (stretched) that lean towards the light. When grown under artificial lighting the seedlings need to be “hardened off” before being exposed to full sun in the garden. Hardening off is a process of gradually exposing the seedling to more and more sunlight of a period of a couple weeks.
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