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Gerald L. Klingaman
LYCOPERSICON esculentum 'Persimmon'
Persimmon Tomato, Tomato
The large, smooth, sunset orange fruits of this beautiful heirloom have an exceptionally substantial, sweet, rich flavor. ‘Persimmon’ is thought to date back to at least the 1800’s, and is said by some sources to have been grown by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello in 1781. These tomatoes are wonderful for cooking or fresh eating, and look gorgeous sliced and served with tomatoes of other colors. They are borne 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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