For lots of garden enthusiasts, selecting which varieties of tomatoes to expand annually can be a difficult choice. Fortunately, there’s a plethora of lovely (as well as scrumptious) heirloom tomato seeds offered online as well as in neighborhood yard. Costoluto Genovese tomatoes are one such range, which might promptly come to be a favored for several years ahead.
About Costoluto Genovese Heirlooms
Costoluto Genovese tomatoes are abundant, weighty Italian treasure fruits. Given that these plants are open-pollinated, seeds from the plants can be conserved annually as well as expanded for generations. Their durable taste is ideal for usage on sandwiches as well as for fresh consuming. These very acidic tomatoes actually radiate when made use of for canning as well as for the development of robust pasta sauces.
How to Grow Costoluto Genovese Tomatoes
Once developed, Costoluto Genovese treatment is rather straightforward. While it might be feasible to discover tomato transplants offered at neighborhood residence renovation shop or yard facilities, it is more than likely that cultivators will certainly require to begin their very own seed startings of this range.
To plant tomato seeds indoors, plant the seeds in seed beginning trays regarding 6 weeks prior to the standard last frost day. When sowing, be specific to utilize a clean and sterile seed beginning mix. This will certainly lower the threat of damping off in the seedlings, in addition to various other feasible fungal problems.
Grow the tomato seed startings inside your home with expand light or in an intense, warm home window. Preferably, temperature levels must not go down listed below around 65 F. (18C.). Set off as well as hair transplant the seed startings right into the yard nevertheless opportunity of frost has actually passed. Plants must be located in well-draining dirt in straight sunshine, getting at the very least 8 hrs of sunlight every day.
As with various other indeterminate types of tomatoes, unique treatment needs to be required to make sure an abundant harvest. Most especially, plants need to be laid or trellised. When trellising tomatoes, garden enthusiasts have a plethora of choices. Usual options for this issue consist of making use of solid wood risks, tomato cages, as well as also gardening netting.
Tomato plantslikewise gain from constant trimming, as trimming will certainly enhance air circulation bordering the plants. In a lot of cases, this trimming lowers the threat of tomato conditions which lead to the decrease of the plants.
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Care of Plants On Arrival –
Your plants have just spent up to 3 days without light or water and may have yellow leaves or show evidence of wilting. Through years of shipping experience, we have found that more than 98% of these plants will survive and thrive if you follow the simple care instructions below.
1. Please take your plants out of the shipping box as soon after their arrival as possible, taking care not to damage any stems or leaves as you free the plants from the cardboard packaging.
2. If the soil is dry, water gently but thoroughly from above or set the pot in a saucer of water for an hour or so — just long enough for the soil in the pot to become thoroughly moist, but not soggy.
3. Place your plants in bright but indirect light indoors or, if temperatures permit, outdoors in the shade, sheltered from the wind. Don’t put your plants in full sun right away because their leaves are tender after the trip and could be burned (sunscalded) or fall off if exposed to too much sun too soon. Allow your plants to adjust gradually over the next few days to increasing amounts of sunlight.
4. We’ve tried to time the shipping of our young plants so that they arrive at or near the frost-free date in your climate zone. If, however, the weather is still raw and a frost seems likely, transplant your plants into larger pots, taking them outside during the day when the weather is mild and bringing them in whenever frost or blustery cold weather threatens. Young plants are more tender than mature plants, and even if the last spring frost is already past, near-freezing temperatures and cold spring winds are capable of killing your new plants. Expose your young plants to outdoor conditions gradually, giving them a chance to harden off before they’re planted out. When the weather does settle and both days and nights become reliably mild (night-time temperatures should remain above 50°F), then it’s time for planting out.
Planting out: When the weather is warm and settled, choose a planting location in full sun with rich, fertile soil and good drainage. To reduce soil-borne disease problems, plant tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers where you haven’t grown them or potatoes in the past 3 years. Dig a hole that will generously accommodate the plant’s root ball, and mix compost or aged manure and a handful of low-nitrogen, organic fertilizer into the planting hole. If the weather is hot and sunny, plant in the cool of morning or wait until late afternoon to minimize stress.
To remove a plant from its pot, flip the pot over, tap on its bottom, and slip the plant out. Do not pull the plant out by its stem. Loosen the root ball and tease the roots apart if they are matted or tangled. Set the cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, and squash into their holes so that the tops of the root balls are level with or just slightly below the surrounding soil. For the tomatoes, cut off all but the top 2-3 branches, lay the stem and roots at an angle in a trench about 4-5in deep, then cover the stem with soil, leaving the branches and leaves above ground. Tomato plants will send out roots along the buried stem, accelerating their growth. Grafted Tomatoes should be planted at soil level so that the graft line, indicated by green tie tape, remains above ground.
Push soil back into each planting hole and firm the soil around each plant to eliminate air pockets. Water thoroughly to further settle the soil. Keep the soil around the plants moist but not soggy and provide shade (with row cover, cardboard, or lath) for the first few days. Transplant shock is not uncommon, but within a week or less the plants’ roots will regain their ability to provide moisture to the foliage. Remove shading once plants perk up.
Continuing care: If rain is scarce, water your vegetable plants deeply and regularly (weekly, or more often in hot, dry weather).
Once the fruits of peppers and tomatoes start to ripen, water only if plants start to wilt; withholding water at this stage will result in better-flavored fruit. No additional fertilizer is needed, but a mulch of compost or aged manure won’t hurt.
Plants can also be foliar fed throughout the season with a kelp- and/or fish-based product, but avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers, which promote lush growth at the expense of fruit production. Provide cages or supports for the tomato plants. Stake pepper plants so heavy yields don’t break their branches.
Learn the whys and hows of pruning Tomato plants in an article from Fine Gardening magazine. .
Costoluto Genovese Info – How To Grow Costoluto Genovese Tomatoes
For many gardeners, choosing which varieties of tomatoes to grow each year can be a stressful decision. Luckily, there’s a multitude of beautiful (and delicious) heirloom tomato seeds available online and in local garden centers. Costoluto Genovese tomatoes are one such variety, which may quickly become a favorite for many years to come.
Costoluto Genovese tomatoes are rich, meaty Italian heirloom fruits. Since these plants are open-pollinated, seeds from the plants can be saved each year and grown for generations. Their robust flavor is perfect for use on sandwiches and for fresh eating. However, these highly acidic tomatoes really shine when used for canning and for the creation of full-bodied pasta sauces.
Once established, Costoluto Genovese
care is quite simple. While it may be possible to find tomato transplants available at local home improvement store or garden centers, it is most likely that growers will need to start their own seedlings of this variety.
To sow tomato seeds indoors, plant the seeds in seed starting trays about 6 weeks before the average last frost date. When sowing, be certain to use a sterile seed starting mix. This will reduce the risk of damping off in the seedlings, as well as other possible fungal issues.
Grow the tomato seedlings indoors with grow light or in a bright, sunny window. Ideally, temperatures should not drop below about 65 F. (18 C.). Harden off and transplant the seedlings into the garden after all chance of frost has passed. Plants should be situated in well-draining soil in direct sunlight, receiving at least 8 hours of sunshine each day.
Costoluto Genovese Care
As with other indeterminate types of tomatoes, special care must be taken to ensure a bountiful harvest. Most notably, plants must be staked or trellised. When trellising tomatoes, gardeners have a multitude of options. Common solutions for this problem include the use of strong wooden stakes, tomato cages, and even horticultural netting.
Tomato plants also benefit from frequent pruning, as pruning will improve air flow surrounding the plants. In many cases, this pruning reduces the risk of tomato diseases which result in the decline of the plants.
Costoluto Genovese is a large, juicy Italian heirloom tomato with an acidic-tart full-tomato flavor well suited for slicing and serving fresh or cooking.
Costoluto Genovese has been a Mediterranean favorite since at least the early eighteenth century. The key to this mid-season beefsteak’s rich tomato flavor is heat. Grown away from the dry, sun-drenched gardens of the Mediterranean this tomato might disappoint.
Mid-season tomatoes such as Costoluto Genovese are ready for harvest mid summer. Late-season tomatoes demand 80 or more days to mature; mid-season tomatoes reach their peak at about 70 days and sometimes earlier.
Costoluto Genovese is heavily lobed, even scalloped. In profile this tomato appears flattened and fluted to the point of convoluted. Appearances needn’t be off putting; Costoluto Genovese slices nicely at its scallops and is perfect for adding to fresh vegetable plates. Of course, like any other beefsteak this tomato is very meaty and can be sliced across to make a tasty tomato and basil sandwich.
In Italy Costoluto Genovese is a favorite for pasta sauces and pastes; for these, remove the this tomato’s medium-thick skin. Of course, the skin makes Costoluto Genovese a good choice for broiling and grilling. And if this prolific, indeterminate producer delivers more than you can keep up with, juicing is an excellent alternative for Costoluto Genovese.
Some people won’t hear about adding beefsteak tomatoes to mixed salads; they say sliced, cut tomatoes weep, dilute the dressing, and make the salad soggy. Well, the solution is quite simple: simply let the slices or wedges drain well on a paper towel. No formality should deny you one of the tastiest pleasures of summer.
The rich, sharp flavor of Parmesan cheese is a good match for almost every tomato, no exception is the Costoluto Genovese. Freshly grated Parmesan, complex-flavored and granular–grana, as they say in Italy–is a fine match for this broiled Costoluto Genovese recipe.
Part of Hanna’s Tomato Tastings 2007
I have come to think of this as the pool boy of my tomato garden. The only reason it is there is because it improves the visible landscape. Handsome and exotic looking, even it’s name, Custoluto Genovese, brings to mind tall, well formed, shirtless men with burning and only slightly vapid eyes. And much like a pool boy, chances are it serves very little purpose elsewhere and the husband doesn’t like it. *sigh* At least it looks nice.
I saw this for the first time on You Grow Girl when Gayla posted a picture of a group of tomatoes and there was a few Costoluto Genovese in the group. I had to have it but I am now a bit worried about my rash, lust driven decision. Joey Ballgaggio left a comment declaring that these had literally made him vomit. Hmm… I just want to point out what risks I take in bringing you guys these Tomato Tastings.
The description from the company I bought it from reads:
Italian heirloom tomatoes. Large, deep-red, juicy tomatoes are deeply ribbed but fully flavored and absolutely delicious. This variety is hearty and does well in hot weather, but continues to produce even when the weather turns cool. Indeterminate, 78 days.
The Beauty Pageant:
Size: Smallish. It is smaller than the palm area of my hand but not by too much.
Shape: Broad shoulders, chiseled lobes… um… pool boy… Anyway, flattish as well. The tomato has two distinct sides and is cinched where the two sides meet in the middle.
The inside: As mentioned, there seems to be two sides. It is almost like a Siamese twin. Each side has a chamber with each chamber having its own core. The gel is loose and the seeds are small.
Texture: It is a soft mealy. It not so much grainy like most mealy tomato but still a bumpy feeling.
Off the Vine Tasting: Okay, barf bag is still empty. This is a strongly flavored tomato. Like smack you in the face tomato flavor. There is nothing sweet about it. Not terrible off the vine but not really good either.
Sliced and Salted Tasting: From a raw stand point, salt does not do this tomato any favors. The already overly strong flavor is just cranked up even more.
Cooking Thoughts: You can’t slice this well and the strong flavor is a bit too much already. Your best bet is to sauce these. The nice thing is that these puppies will stretch a whole lot further than normal tomatoes. These can take watering down and will stand up well to whatever flavoring you like in your tomato.
This plant is a pretty good size. Not too bushy though. The problem I have with it is that the fruit are just not ripening. Despite the fact that these tomatoes were among the first tomatoes to bear fruit, I have only harvested two to his date. The plant is full of very green tomatoes. I am guessing that because this is a hot weather tomato and this has been a somewhat cool summer, the tomatoes just are not liking this climate.
Will Hanna grow this one again:
No. The nice thing about pool boys is that they are a dime a dozen. Great for a summer fling but when you are looking for long term tomato love, you need to find something with a little more substance.