Organic Moskvich Tomato - Lycopersicon lycopersicum
This Russian tomato, sometimes spelled Moskovich, is a very early producer and can stand up to cold weather. Developed by the Vavilov Institute, named after famed botanist Nikolai Vavilov who dedicated his life to ending world hunger. This luscious tomato produces 4-6 oz deep red, smooth, round to slightly flat fruits with a small stem scar. They are delicious! The are superb sliced fresh, cooked in sauces and soups, and also makes a great processing/canning tomato.
- Sun: Full
- Indoors: 6-8 weeks before last frost
- Direct Sow: No
- Seed Count: 25
- Days to Maturity: 60
- Plant Size: 4'-6'
Requires trellising or staking. Harden off plants before planting for at least one week, and plant once all danger of frost has subsided. Use row covers, if needed, and remove after temps have reached 85 degrees.
Seeds should be planted indoors and kept in a dome with a heated mat for 4-8 weeks.
It is key that your new starts be hardened off. This is a process that requires taking them outside during the day, for a period of time, before they are planted. This acclimates your seedlings to the outside world, meaning the elements like the wind and sun. We do it for several weeks to a month as this strengthens their stems and overall plant structure.
- Start for a short period of time initially, then graduate to more time each day
- One week minimum is recommended
- Bring them inside in the early evening and overnight
- Keep an eye on them and constantly water them. Make sure they have not blown over.