Foods of the World Forum Homepage
Forum Home Forum Home > The Best Foods You Can Get - Your Own > Gardening
  New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - San Marzano Tomato Seeds
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

This site is completely supported by donations; there are no corporate sponsors. We would be honoured if you would consider a small donation, to be used exclusively for forum expenses.



Thank you, from the Foods of the World Forums!

San Marzano Tomato Seeds

 Post Reply Post Reply
Author
Message
TasunkaWitko View Drop Down
Admin Group
Admin Group
Avatar

Joined: 25 January 2010
Location: Chinook, MT
Status: Offline
Points: 9296
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TasunkaWitko Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: San Marzano Tomato Seeds
    Posted: 30 May 2012 at 10:07
Lo and behold, i found some locally-available san marzano tomato seeds, and snatched up a pack.
 
i want these to be my babies, and am going to do everything i can to really get them to grow well,  so i would like advice from beginning to end.
 
first, should i plant them outside, or in containers? pregarding outside planting, my instincts tell me it is far too late, but i could be wrong. containers would allow me to bring them inside as summer goes into autumn, and will also give them some portability, if i need to move them around. if planting them in the ground, i can put them in a new plot on just about any side of the house, sunny or shady. an aside: do those upside-down, topsy-turvy planters work? i ahve one, but haven't tried it yet, and this might be a good time for that.
 
w'll start with that, and go from there ~
If you are a visitor and like what you see, please click here and join the discussions in our community!
Back to Top
Sponsored Links


Back to Top
HistoricFoodie View Drop Down
Admin Group
Admin Group


Joined: 21 February 2012
Location: Kentucky
Status: Offline
Points: 4819
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HistoricFoodie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 May 2012 at 12:11
Ron,
 
First off, let me state uniquivicably that San Marzano is the biggest myth ever purportrated on the foodie community. There are at least six tomato varieties bearing that name, to begin with. And, even assuming any of the foodies and celebrities who claim so really could tell a difference in a blind taste test, growing them anywhere but in the San Marzano region means a different tasting tomato anyway. They define terroir. That's the very point.
 
In other words, the canned San Marzanos that were grown in California are just another plum tomato, with the exception of the premium pricetag.
 
That said, yeah, it's kind of late to get started now, especially given your short season. It's six weeks indoors to start tomatoes properly before transplanting them.
 
Moving the plants indoors won't help you unless you're prepared to invest in high-intensity grow lights. Fluorescents wont work at that end, because, among other things, you need lots of red-spectrum light for ripening.
 
Growing tomatoes upside down does, indeed, work. Reports I've had from those commercial topsy-turvy gadgets is to stay away from them. They're flimsy, expensive, don't hold enough soil, are expensive, and did I mention expensive? You can do the same thing, better, with five-gallon buckets.
 
Frankly, were it me, I'd put the seed away until next season. Then back off six weeks from Memorial Day and start the seed indoors then.
Back to Top
TasunkaWitko View Drop Down
Admin Group
Admin Group
Avatar

Joined: 25 January 2010
Location: Chinook, MT
Status: Offline
Points: 9296
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TasunkaWitko Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 May 2012 at 12:17
>>>First off, let me state uniquivicably that San Marzano is the biggest myth ever purportrated on the foodie community<<<
 
heresy! lol, just kidding ~ i know, but it's been a quest of mine for several years now. i actually got to try one last year, and really did enjoy the flavour. these particular seeds were sold as "san marzano," rather than "san marzano-type," so i did get my hopes up. plus, they're organic, but i'm not sure if that means much, since i would think all seeds are organic.....
 
>>>growing them anywhere but in the San Marzano region means a different tasting tomato anyway.<<<
 
i do agree with this, but i do have one thing which might give me a leg up on getting close to the experience: i've got a LOT of good, rich, dark volcanic soil, just a couple-dozen miles south of me.
 
>>>Reports I've had from those commercial topsy-turvy gadgets is to stay away from them. They're flimsy, expensive, don't hold enough soil, are expensive, and did I mention expensive? You can do the same thing, better, with five-gallon buckets.<<<
 
i've heard the same thing, but since my kids got me one, i figured i'd give it a try sometime. i'd like to improvse some from buckets for next year.
 
>>>Frankly, were it me, I'd put the seed away until next season. Then back off six weeks from Memorial Day and start the seed indoors then.<<<
 
i was thinking the same thing, but was hoping for an answer that might accomodate this year ~ shattered dreams, and all that ~ Cry
 
 
If you are a visitor and like what you see, please click here and join the discussions in our community!
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down



This page was generated in 0.094 seconds.