Tomato, Starfire (Organic)
Solanum lycopersicum. 70 days. Det.
With its big yields of 7-10 oz, plump red slicers, Starfire is a really good production tomato for the Willamette Valley. It would probably perform very well throughout the Pacific Northwest, if not the entire northern US. Flavor is very good and it’s nicely juicy. The vigorous bushy plants have a concentrated fruit set that we find very reliable. Starfire is a great name for this fiery red star of a tomato. Developed in 1963 at the Morden Experimental Farm in Manitoba, Canada. Our original source is from Victory Seeds who received it from USDA GRIN.
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.