Siberian Tomato Seeds


Siberian tomato seeds are rumored to have been smuggled out of Russia around 1975. In 1984, the variety was offered in the Seed Savers Exchange by Will Bonsall. The fruit are small, round to egg-shaped tomatoes with smooth, orange-red skin and juicy, tangy and flavorful flesh. They are 3-5 ounces and 2-3″ in size, and they grow in clusters of thirty or more. A dwarf sprawling plant with wrinkled dark-green foliage that does not require staking. Can produce well when planted in a container. Tolerant of cool conditions and one of the earliest varieties on the market, producing large crops early in the season. Determinate

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Siberian tomatoes are an interesting variety, known for their hardiness and ability to withstand cooler temperatures compared to most tomato varieties. This makes them an excellent choice for gardeners in cooler climates or for those who want to get an early start in the spring. Here’s a detailed overview:

History: Siberian tomatoes, as the name suggests, originate from Russia. They were developed to thrive in colder climates where the growing season is shorter. This variety is particularly notable for its ability to set fruit at lower temperatures, a trait that is not common in most tomato varieties.

Characteristics: Siberian tomatoes are typically small to medium-sized and are known for their round, orange/red fruits which have a classic tomato flavor – a balance of sweet and tart. The plants themselves are generally compact, making them suitable for container gardening or smaller garden spaces.

Days to Maturity: One of the defining features of Siberian tomatoes is their short growing period. They are an early-season variety, with a maturity time of approximately 55 to 60 days from transplant. This is significantly shorter than many other varieties, which often take 70 to 90 days to reach maturity.

Growing Tips:

Seed Starting: Start seeds indoors about 6 to 8 weeks before the last expected frost date. Siberian tomato seeds germinate best in warm soil, so using a heat mat can be beneficial.
Transplanting: Harden off seedlings by gradually exposing them to outdoor conditions over a week, then transplant them outdoors when the danger of frost has passed.
Soil and Watering: They prefer well-draining soil rich in organic matter. Regular watering is important, especially once the fruits begin to form.
Sunlight: Like most tomatoes, Siberians require full sun, meaning at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily.
Support: Although not a particularly tall variety, staking or using cages can help keep the plant upright and protect the fruit from touching the ground.
Pest and Disease Resistance: Siberian tomatoes are relatively hardy, but like all tomato plants, they can be susceptible to common pests and diseases like tomato hornworms and blight. Regular monitoring and good gardening practices like crop rotation and adequate spacing for airflow can help mitigate these issues.

Growing Siberian tomatoes can be a rewarding experience, especially for those in cooler climates or with shorter growing seasons. They offer the pleasure of growing fresh, flavorful tomatoes without the need for the long, warm summers that many other varieties demand.


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