Tomato, Mashenka (Organic)
Solanum lycopersicum. 75 days. Indet.
A high quality and high yielding medium-large, round, main season red slicer from Russia. Skin is always blemish free and slightly shiny. Meaty beefsteak type with dense, tasty flesh great for slicing fresh or canning. Fruit size is fairly large, but not giant, averaging around 12-14 oz. This variety is part of our growing line of awesome Russian and Siberian tomatoes. Mashenka is a common woman’s name in Russia and this tomato is a popular commercial variety there. According to a translation of the Russian website MirAgro, Mashenka is resistant to Alterneria, Fusarium, and shows some tolerance to late blight and mosaic virus. We received this variety originally from Tatiana Kouchnareva, of Tatiana’s TOMATObase. She received her seed from Tamara Yaschenko of Biysk, Siberia
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.