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Mikado Tomato

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Mikado Tomato Seeds

Solanum lycopersicum
Highly sought-after, enormous, pink American heirloom.
Art Pack, 25 seeds
Product ID# TO0529A
$3.95

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Exclusive! Seed for the original strain of Mikado (also known as Turner's Hybrid, though it's not a hybrid!) was acquired from a local tomato farmer in Salem County, New Jersey, in 1997. This is one of the rarest and perhaps most sought-after of all the American heirloom tomatoes and we are pleased to offer it here for the first time. Originally released in1886, this is the original potato-leafed strain yielding 6-inch diameter fruit weighing as much as 1 1/2 to 2 pounds. Best for slicing- or county fair competitions!

Quick Facts
Days to Germination 5 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 85 days from transplant
Planting Depth ¼ inch
Spacing in Row 24 inches
Spacing Between Rows 42 inches
Height at Maturity 60 inches
Width at Maturity 18 to 24 inches
Growing Instructions

Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost, then transplant outdoors to indicated spacing after all threat of frost has passed. All tomatoes benefit from staking; indeterminate varieties require it. Prune tomatoes when they reach about 24" high and are starting to produce small suckers. Keep plants from coming into contact with the soil, and water at the roots as often as possible to prevent the spread of soil borne disease. When fruit begin to become fully ripe, harvest every couple of days for the highest quality fruit. At the end of the season, harvest any fruits that have begun to take on color to ripen indoors.

About the Art and Artist
Japanese manga artist Kiriska illustrated these tomatoes with a traditional Kitsune Fox—a recurring character in Japanese folk tales. The more tails the fox has, the more wisdom it has gained over its long life as a spirit creature.