• Eventual height: 1.5m
  • Eventual spread: 0.3m

tomato (beefsteak) 'Costoluto Fiorentino'

beefsteak tomato or Solanum lycopersicum 'Costoluto Fiorentino'

RHS award of garden merit
approx 450 seeds £2.89
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  • Seed Packets (only) £2.95
  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: humus-rich, moisture retentive soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Hardiness: half hardy (will need frost protection)

Coming from the area around Florence, this indeterminate (cordon - not a bush as stated by some other seed companies) produces medium-large, old-fashioned, mishapen, heavy, ribbed beef tomatoes. They are very meaty (can weigh around 150g each) and are ideal for slicing. This variety is so good it has won the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. You really cant go wrong.

  • Garden care:
    Plant out in a greenhouse from March or outdoors after risk of frost has passed. For the best yields - remove any sideshoots that develop between stem and leaf stems. Shake flowers to aid setting. Once plant has reached its 6th truss of flowers, pinch out the top of the main stem to develop the fruits. Keep well-watered and feed weekly once flowers form. Keep water levels in the soil consistent to prevent blossom end rot and split fruit. Increase water in hot spells and reduce in cool weather to keep the soil constantly damp.
  • Sowing instructions:
    Sow indoors under gentle heat 1cm (¼”) deep in trays or alternatively two seeds per pot using good quality seed compost. Lightly cover with a sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Germination takes 1-2 weeks.

  • Sow: January to March

  • Harvest: July to September
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