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INDIGO™ ROSE

INDIGO™ ROSE

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80 days. The 2 inch round fruit have nearly blue skin that occurs on the portion of the fruit that is exposed to light, while the shaded portion starts out green and turns deep red when mature. Inside, the flesh reveals the same rouge tone with a superbly balanced, multi-faceted tomatoey flavor. The indeterminate plants have an open habit and are very vigorous producers. Bred at Oregon State University. PVP201100302

Developed with traditional breeding techniques, the fruit of these unusual varieties contain high levels of anthocyanin, a naturally occurring antioxidant found in blueberries, and reported to combat disease. Anthocyanin reveals itself in the vibrant indigo pigmentation of the fruits. Each of these varieties has unique characteristics, and all are stunningly beautiful. For the best flavor and texture, harvest when the colors have deepened and the fruit is soft to the touch.
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Customer Reviews

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Vince S.
Mystery

Right now, I have over a dozen black tomatoes on the plant. They are all hard as a rock so I assume they need more time to ripen, however if only looking at them was enough, you would think are now ripe. I'll wait and see.

They do take a while to fully ripen! The skin on the portion of the fruit that is exposed to light will be dark blue (almost black looking), while the shaded portion (generally the underside) starts out green and turns deep red when mature. The fruit will also be softer when ready.

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Karen
Beautiful Tomato!!

I will ditto J.Weber's review. I almost forgot I planted this as only one of my seeds made it to planting which was all my fault due to my first time using soil blocks and watering. Very productive yet smaller plant (3-4 feet well branched) with cascading beautiful small fruit. I planted it in June and although it set fruit pretty early, I am just now getting ripe fruit and it's the middle of September. It's been a patience game waiting to see what the final result will be but three of the fruit have finally ripened from a green and black to a beautiful almost pinkish and black color. Funny, but I would definitely consider growing this just to admire the unusual coloration in my garden palette! I live in zone 7b Snohomish, WA.

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J. W.
Indigo Rose is a winner, but!

I grew Indigo Rose this year and was skeptical as to how it would turn out for much of the summer. My plant set a fixed amount of fruit early, and it took forever to ripen. The early fruit I picked was extremely firm, barely red in the non-purple/blue areas, and did not have a lot of flavor. Patience, farmer! Once the fruit ripened fully, at which point you could squeeze the tomatoes and they felt soft and were deep red on the underside, they had a magnificent flavor richer, deeper, and more complex than nearly any tomato I have grown-and this year, I was growing 11 varieties, including a range of heirlooms and intriguing hybrids. I recommend this tomato highly if you are patient, have really good soil and sun, and enjoy experimenting. The flavor is remarkable and they are gorgeous, too. For cherry tomatoes, these are quite large, too. So even though it will not keep producing more of them over the summer, the yield is actually quite substantial. Obviously my experience was different than Madcarpenter's, but that's how it goes sometimes. Also, my plant was pretty large, around 4 feet tall, and spread out, well-staked up. So, bottom line, a fun tomato, but takes a longggg time to reach full ripeness and flavor.

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Oliver O.
Delicious overachiever

The indigo series always produce a large amount of fruit. Never disappointed in them. I've been doing them for a few years now and they seem to get better and better each year. I have noticed on multiple occasions people complaining about the flavour: this is where they're wrong. They aren't lacking flavour at all, what they're lacking is the acidity most tomatoes have. They seem far less acidic so the true flavour of the tomato shines through rather than the acidic bite. I love them for the very reason.

Soil Temp for Germ 70-90°F
Seed Depth 1/4"
Days to Emergence 6-14
Soil Temp for Transp 55°F
Plant Spacing See below
Row Spacing 3-4'
Fertilizer Needs High
Minimum Germination 80%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 280-320
Seed Life 3 years



Lycopersicon lycopersicum The first ripe, juicy tomato of summer is a delicious milestone of the season for gardeners. Each year we test and evaluate more than 250 tomato varieties to bring you the most flavorful, best performing selections, for every desired use. An array of nutrients and antioxidants including the especially potent lycopene, found in its highest concentration in tomatoes, supports healthy eyesight, cardiovascular health, cancer-fighting capacity, and more.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplant.

Culture
Determinate tomatoes: grow compactly, sprawling laterally, usually do not require staking, and fruit ripens over a short period of time
Indeterminate tomatoes: grow on long vines, generally require pruning to 1 or 2 leaders that need to be trellised
• Fertile, well-drained raised beds covered with plastic mulch promote early growth and better yields
• Tomatoes are high feeders and will benefit from regular fertilization with Age Old Bloom
• To prevent blossom end rot use a high calcium amendment
• Overwatering can cause fruit to crack

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended

Transplanting
• Sow seeds in trays 6-8 weeks before anticipated transplant date; up-pot into 3-4 inch pots when the first set of true leaves appears
• Strong light and cooler temperatures (60-70°F) prevent plants from getting leggy
• Fertilize with Age Old Grow every 10-14 days
• When transplanting work in compost, 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer, and handful of bone meal
• Determinates can be spaced 18-24 inches apart, indeterminates 24-36 inches apart
• Tomatoes can be buried up to the top 2 sets of leaves
• Use Kozy-Coats or Victorian Bell Cloches to protect young plants

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Flea beetles and tomato hornworms
Insect control: Pyrethrin or row cover for flea beetles, and Monterey B.t. for tomato hornworms
Common diseases: Early and late blight
Disease prevention: A strict 3-4 year rotation, remove vines at the end of the year, fungicide

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when fully ripe, do not refrigerate for best flavor
• Green fruit should be ripened in a cool, dark area; make sure fruit are not touching

KEY TO TOMATO DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
• HR indicates high resistance.
• IR indicates intermediate resistance.
• Aal | Alternaria Stem Canker
• AB | Early (Alternaria) Blight
• B | Bacterial Wilt
• F* | Fusarium Wilt
• FOR | Fusarium Crown and Root Rot
• L | Gray Leaf Spot
• LB* | Late Blight
• LM* | Leaf Mold
• N | Roundworm | Nematode
• PL | Corky Root Rot
• PST | Bacterial Speck
• RK | Root-Knot
• TMV | Tobacco Mosaic Virus
• ToANV* | Tomato Apex Necrotic Virus
• ToMV* | Tomato Mosaic Virus
• TSWV | Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
• TYLCV | Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus
• V* | Verticillium Wilt
* Numbers and letters indicate specific disease race.

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