Origin: Carbondale, Colorado
Improvement status: Cultivar
Seeds per packet: ~20
Germination tested 11/2021: 97%
Life cycle: Annual
Casey Piscura is a talented organic vegetable breeder and production farmer in Carbondale, Colorado. We are very excited to be offering four of his tomatoes that he has put through an extensive and rigorous selection process.
From Casey: "You will exclaim 'Oh MY!' after seeing the vigor and productivity of this medium to large-sized black tomato. Early, productive and crack-resistant, this hybrid swarm is the product of many years of breeding by Wild Mountain Seeds at 6400’ in Carbondale Colorado. These seeds perform equally well inside or outside of the greenhouse, and have vigor even when soil temperatures are still cold in the spring. The flavor has been enriched through careful selection and will have your customers coming back for these delicious heirlooms year after year. Selection for good immunologic response (disease resistance) and tolerance to light spring frosts are other benefits of these special seeds. The price of these seeds reflects the quality of the plants of which have outperformed other popular and expensive F1 hybrids in head to head testing."
An important note on the price of these seeds: there is a lot of talk in the organic seed world about how to properly compensate for the vital work that small-scale, organic, open-pollinated plant breeders are doing. Because, of course, once a variety is released, another seed company can get ahold of it, grow it out, and sell it themselves. This is a complicated debate, but one way to put more money in the hands of the breeder is by pricing unique seeds at a premium upon their initial release. Casey put years into the development of these seeds, and the reality is, once you buy them, you can save the seeds yourself and keep growing these varieties for years to come. We work with all of our seed growers and breeders to set prices that they believe will fairly compensate them — and we believe the price of these tomato seeds is fair for Casey, for us, and for you. Thanks.
GROWING TIPS: Start seeds indoors in March or early April, transplant outside after danger of last frost. Space plants 24-36 inches apart. They will benefit from a trellis or tomato cage. Full sun preferred.