Homs 11 Tomato
Origin: Homs, Syria
Improvement status: Cultivar
Seeds per packet: ~35
Germination tested 12/2019: 83%
Life cycle: Annual
EFN EXCLUSIVE. This gorgeous tomato was collected in Homs, Syria, by C.O. Eyer of the Near East Foundation in 1949 or earlier. Homs has been one of the cities most devastated by the ongoing war in Syria and is known for being a hotbed of resistance. It was also a major agricultural center. The 'Homs 11' tomato produces flat, severely fasciated (ribbed), bright red fruits on sprawling, indeterminate plants. These tomatoes are not long-keepers, so they may not be best suited for market farmers, but for the home gardener they are wonderful -- with a strong, heirloom tomato flavor, and a striking beauty. Being from Syria, the plants are extremely drought and heat tolerant.
GROWING TIPS: Start seeds indoors in March or early April, transplant outside after danger of last frost. Space plants 2 to 3 feet apart. They will benefit from a trellis or tomato cage. Full sun preferred.