Tomato, Aurora (Organic)
Solanum lycopersicum. 60 days. Det.
This was one of our standby farm varieties for producing early red slicers. Known for its rich classic tomato flavor. Medium sized 2-4 oz red fruit have a slightly flattened globe shape. Excellent fresh market slicing tomato, also good for cooking. Small bushy plants provide large early yields. Grows well in cool, outdoor conditions. Named after the Aurora Borealis in Siberia where it originates. Given to The Seed Ambassadors Project by the Irish Seed Savers Association and highly recommended to us by Kate McEvoy and Ben Gabel of The Real Seed Catalogue in Wales.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil as early as February, but no later than April. Keep warm and well-watered. Up pot seedlings into 4” pots once they have two true leaves. Transplant into the garden once danger of frost has passed.
Collect seeds from ripe fruit by squeezing into a jar and add 25% more water. Wait a few days for mold to form. When seeds sink and gel-sac is gone, stir, add water, then decant and rinse to clean. Dry thoroughly. Tomatoes are mostly self-pollinating; isolation is not usually needed for seeds to be true to type.