Muskoka Lakes Gardens

Tomatoes Really worth Escalating: Velvet Crimson

I consider you know I just can't resist a unusual tomato. Ridiculous colouration, misshapen fruit, variegated foliage… the freakier, the far better. A person of the to start with tomato anomalies I tried ended up varieties with fuzzy foliage, and peach-like fruit. There’s a bunch out there: ‘Garden Peach’, ‘Wapsipinicon Peach’, ‘Elberta Peach’… I feel you get the thought. All of them have turned out to be breathtaking, eye-catching plants, but lots of have fallen flat in terms of flavour — more of a novelty expand than a thing you crave in the center of winter.

And then there was ‘Velvet Red’.

This calendar year (2018) I am promoting ‘Velvet Red’ tomato seed as a result of my seed store.

By the time the seeds landed in my fingers I’d about supplied up on the fuzzy tomatoes. On the other hand, tomato or not, I really like gentle, silvery foliage in the backyard garden, so I gave it a shot and popped the plant into a spot of prominence where by I could, at the incredibly minimum, take pleasure in those luxuriously woolly, silvery blue-green leaves. When harvest time came I was shocked — shocked I tell you — to uncover that I’d strike on a wide range that experienced seems AND flavour. When completely ripe, the pink, cherry-sized fruits truly pack a punch. They are gorgeously sweet and juicy, the kind of tomato that explode in your mouth and spill down your chin. My puppy Molly, who enjoys tomatoes but is picky about them, is also a supporter.

This is a large plant that provides a good deal of fruit. I’ve developed it quite a few occasions considering the fact that and have identified that it will retain climbing and bearing pendulous clusters of 1″-sized jewels until eventually the really hard frost. This makes it a excellent prospect if (as I do) you hope to glean a several bowls of unripe, eco-friendly cherries for conclude-of-the-year canning.

The details:

  • 75-85 days. Super successful
  • Tall, indeterminate vines
  • Fuzzy, purple, cherry-sized fruit
  • Open up-pollinated
  • Ripens: Mid-season and keeps developing right up until frost.
  • Container Expanding: You are going to will need a really large pot, 16?+ deep.
  • Further more Notes: This plant can go and go. I recommend pruning and staking perfectly.
December 18, 2021

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