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Tomato 'Caspian Pink'

Solanum lycopersicum 'Caspian Pink'

A heirloom tomato that yields large 'Beefsteak'-like pink fruit, finely flavored, said to be better in taste than 'Brandywine'. This tomato is perfect for cooler climates. A winning choice for a market tomato, sandwich, sauce or salad tomato.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Fruit is ready to be harvested about 80 days after sowing.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in spring into trays or in situ at 2cm depth and 80-120cm apart. Germination takes 7-21 days. Transplant when about 15cm high.

Special features

Crop rotation
Tomatos are heavy feeders and deplete the soil of nutrients, rotate with legume crop like peas and light feeders like salads before replanting in the same spot.
Pot plant
Can be grown in pots, but will need support or trellising because of its Indeterminate growth habit.

Geography

Origin
Europe, Russia's Black Sea region
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Edible
The fruit is edible fresh, preserved or cooked.

Personality

Family
Solanaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Tomatos are susceptible to many pests like; stink bugs, cutworms, tomato hornworms and tobacco hornworms, aphids, cabbage loopers, whiteflies, tomato fruitworms, flea beetles, red spider mite, slugs, tomato russet mite, use companion planting and organic sprays to help control pests.

Companion plants

Borage is thought to repel the tomato hornworm moth. The devastating tomato hornworm has a major predator in various parasitic wasps, whose larvae devour the hornworm, but whose adult form drinks nectar from tiny-flowered plants like umbellifers. Several species of umbellifer are therefore often grown with tomato plants, including parsley, queen anne's lace, and sometimes dill. These also attract predatory flies that attack various tomato pests. Plants with strong scents, like alliums (onions, chives, garlic), mints (basil, oregano, spearmint) and French marigold, (Tagetes patula) are thought to mask the scent of the tomato plant, making it harder for pests to locate it and provide an alternative landing point, less chance of the pest on the tomatos. These plants may also subtly affect the flavor of tomato fruit. Ground cover plants, including mints, stabilize moisture loss around tomato plants and other Solanaceae, which come from very humid climates, these can help prevent moisture-related problems like blossom end rot. Tap-root plants like dandelions break up dense soil and bring nutrients from below a tomato plant's reach, possibly benefiting their companion. Tomato plants can protect asparagus from asparagus beetles, because they contain solanine that kills the beetle, while asparagus plants contain Asparagusic acid that repels nematodes known to attack tomato plants. Marigolds also repel nematodes.

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