Tomato, Pilu KS (Organic)
Solanum lycopersicum. 70-75 days. Indet.
High quality, red greenhouse tomato bred in Germany for biodynamic agriculture. Seemingly endless clusters of 6 or 7 fruit can be harvested vine ripened by the bunch. The tennis ball shaped, 3 oz tomatoes make us think, “Wow! Can a tomato be more round?” Fruit begin ripening mid season and continue to produce well into the fall after most other tomatoes give up. Firm enough for wholesale and/or making the trip to market, and juicy, too. Flavor is a very good balance of sweet and acidic. In Northern European greenhouse production, the tall plants are usually heavily pruned to reduce risk of leaf diseases. Alternatively, we plant Pilu KS outdoors, using a Florida weave and minimal pruning with good results. Plants thrive in our cool, wet spring and fall weather. Proven resistance to Cladosporium (tomato leaf mold) and Fusarium. A rock star that is great for main season outdoor production in Oregon. Bred in Germany by Richard Specht and released by Kultursaat, an organization that helps fund and register plant breeding projects in the European Union.
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.