(toe-MAH-chee-oh) or (toe-MAH-see-oh)
Tomaccio is a unique variety developed through 12 hard years of breeding work using wild Peruvian tomato species. This gourmet sweet raisin tomato was bred to be a vigorous, and high-yielding. Tomaccio is excellent for snacking fresh or dried – the fruit skin is fairly thick and highly porous, which allows for easy drying. This indeterminate tomato has robust growth and bears prolific clusters of super sweet fruit. For best fruit set, pinch off suckers to promote one central stem. Remove the first flower cluster from the plant to ensure strong growth and maximum yields. Staking required.
GROWING: For best results, plant Tomaccio plants into large containers (2 gallon or larger) or directly into fertile soil in the garden. Plants grown in small containers can be prone to fruit cracking issues. With ideal growing conditions, Tomaccio can reach 9 feet tall or more and thus requires sturdy staking. For best quality of tomatoes, pinch out suckers and secondary shoots every week to maintain one central main stem. Though the initial fruiting will be slightly delayed, removing the first flower cluster from plants before they set fruit helps ensure strong early growth and maximum yields.
HARVEST: The Tomaccio fruit is ready for harvesting when the fruit begins to turn red. Early harvesting reduces issues with fruit cracking but it does not diminish the flavour.
DRYING: For “raisin tomatoes”, dry in a dehydrator or in an oven at 150-200°F or 66-94°C for approximately 2 – 3 hours. For best results, allow fruit to “dry” or “wrinkle” on the vine naturally before harvesting and drying. The dried fruit can be stored long term in a sealed container placed in the refrigerator or freezer.
|Maturity||60 - 80 days|
|Height||6 - 12 inches (15 - 30 cm)|
|Spacing||15 - 18 inches (38 - 46 cm)|
|Soil||Well-draining, fertile soil|
|pH Range||6.2 to 6.8|
|Watering||Moderate to high during growth, low during harvest|
|Fertilizing||Balanced fertilizer at the time of planting|
|Nutrients Required||Nitrogen = high; Phosphorus = high; Potassium = high|
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