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LYCOPERSICON esculentum 'Italian Red Pear'
Italian Red Pear Tomato, Tomato
Notable for its outstanding flavor, this beautiful Italian sauce and paste-type tomato also makes for wonderful fresh eating. The large, bright red, thin-skinned fruits have lightly ribbed shoulders, and are meaty and delicious, with very few seeds. They are borne abundantly on indeterminate vines, and begin ripening approximately 80 days from sowing.
Plant tomatoes in full sun and fertile, well-drained, slightly acid garden loam after all danger of frost has passed. Seedlings may be started indoors under grow-lights several weeks ahead of time, and should be hardened off before planting outdoors. Set them deeply in the ground for best establishment; the main stem will form roots beneath the soil’s surface. Indeterminate types such as this should be staked, trellised or grown in tomato cages to contain their rambling stems.
These veggies (technically, fruits) are heavy feeders, and it is important to provide them with regular water and nutrients. Be sure to choose a fertilizer specifically formulated for tomatoes, and avoid excessive watering as this can result in cracking of fruit and diminished flavor. Best production and flavor occurs when both days and nights are warm. Tomatoes become tough and less flavorful in cooler temperatures, and thus should not be stored in the refrigerator. In semi-tropical climates, they may even be grown as a winter crop, as long as temperatures remain favorable.
For more detailed information about the care, pests and diseases, and history of tomatoes, refer to the general entry for the species (Lycopersicon esculentum) in the Learn2Grow plant database.
12 - 1
11 - 15
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
2'-8' / 0.6m - 2.4m
2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m
Mexico, Central America, South America
Spring, Summer, Fall
Green, Dark Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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