Lycopersicon lycopersicum 90 days Determinate
I originally received my seed for this variety from the Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook.
*I obtained a fresh amount of seed for this variety from the original source. The seed available this season (2020) is from those “reintroduced” plants. The vigor is excellent and the fruits are more uniform than my offerings the last few season.
Overall I am very impressed with this paste tomato. It has many of the same characteristics of the common grocery store “roma” tomatoes. It is large, meaty, and has few seeds. What is different about Paquebot is that it has great flavor! Rich with a bit of acidy tang. It is an excellent processing tomato and makes superb sauce. Paquebots are also delicious fresh as a slicer or utilized in fresh salsa. The plants are bushy and somewhat compact with the fruit tucked up inside, close to the main stem. Paquebot has proved to be a reliable producer with the only drawback being its lateness. The fruit is harvested over a much longer period of time than common “roma” tomatoes, and the ripe fruits hang on the plant rather than dropping to the ground. The fruits are red, firm and about 4″ long.
Sow seeds indoors 6 weeks before transplanting into your garden. Space 3′ apart in rows at least 3′ apart. Tomatoes need good air movement to help control disease. I always mulch my tomatoes with straw. This helps to keep the soil evenly moist and keeps dirt from splashing up onto the leaves. Caging or trellising is crucial and I strongly recommend not using the round wire cages found in garden centers. These are perfectly suitable for peppers but not for heirloom tomatoes which can tend to sprawl or grow very vigorously. I suggest investing in a few steel t-posts and twine to create a moveable strong trellising system. The absolute best advice I can give for successfully growing tomatoes in Northern Indiana is to not plant too early. I NEVER plant field tomatoes until the last week of May. Tomatoes put in cold ground are not going to grow or develop roots until the soil warms.
Seed Saving: Isolate varieties of L. lycopersicum 50′ for home use, 75′-150′ for pure seed.
- Paquebot Roma Tomato
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