Tomato, Spring King (Organic)
Solanum lycopersicum. 60-70 days. Det.
Produces large, red globes that are slightly oblate. Dual purpose processing and slicing type. Very nice variety for its dark red color, good flavor and blemish-free fruit. When harvested, calyx stays with the plant, not the fruit. Dark green, healthy looking plants provide good leaf cover so there is less sun scald. Yields well late into the season with split resistant 7-10 oz fruit that hold into autumn better than most other tomatoes – could just as easily have been called, “Spring Through Fall King.” Scored very highly in the Dry Farm Tomato Trials at OSU. Bred by Tim Peters of Peters Seed and Research in Riddle, Oregon.
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.