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Green Sausage Tomato Seeds
This determinate heirloom never needs staking!

Green Sausage Tomato Seeds

(P) Pkt of 30 seeds
Item # 52585-PK-P1
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A Paste Tomato for the Patio!

A taste like no other!
78 days from setting out transplants. Determinate.

Everything about this tomato is unique and pleasing! First, it's a bush form, not a vine, and it's so compact you can grow it in containers on the patio, deck, or urban balcony. Second, it's a Roma or paste tomato, so you can sauce it, can it, or use it fresh. Third, it's an heirloom variety with a flavor like no other we know, combining a tangy sweetness with a deep, rich bite. Fourth, it's yellow-and-green striped!

These cheery little oblong fruits are 3 to 4 inches long, slightly tapered and distinctively striped. Some look like green tomatoes with yellow streaks and washes; others look like yellow tomatoes with green markings; all are flavorful and delicious!

But the best part of Green Sausage is the flavor. If you usually can or sauce all your Roma tomatoes, reserve a few of these for use in salsa or fresh cooking; the taste is so different that you'll want to sample it immediately! You may decide it's a perfect salad tomato (the size is certainly right!) based on its exceptional tomato tang and sweet undertones. Or you may decide to use it in white chili or fettucini Alfredo dishes as a surprising note of tomato among the cream. It tastes as different as it looks!

You can watch Green Sausage growing at close range by planting a few in containers. This bush-habit tomato is just 3 feet tall and not quite as wide. And it's determinate, so it ripens its harvest all at once, enhancing its appeal as an ornamental (not to mention simplifying your canning process!). An heirloom variety, it is one of a kind, and not to be missed.

Start seeds indoors 5 to 6 weeks before the last frost date. Because this tomato is determinate (meaning that it sets its crop all at once), you may want to stagger the sowing of these seeds so that you get successive harvests.

Plant the seedlings outdoors when danger of frost is past and night temperatures consistently remain above 55 degrees F. If an unexpected late frost is forecasted, protect young plants with plastic sheeting or other cover. Set plants 2½ to 3 feet apart; no staking or caging is needed for this bushy little 3-foot plant. Pkt is 30 seeds.

Genus Lycopersicon
Species esculentum
Variety Green Sausage
ItemForm (P) Pkt of 30 seeds
TomatoFruitSet Determinate
DaysToMaturity 78
FruitColor Green
Habit Mound-shaped
SeedsPerPack 30
PlantHeight 3 ft
PlantWidth 24 in - 2 ft 6 in
FruitLength 3 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Edible, Heirloom
HarvestSeason Early Fall, Early Summer, Late Summer, Mid Summer
LightRequirements Full Sun
MoistureRequirements Moist,  well-drained
SoilTolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Containers, Cuisine, Ornamental, Outdoor
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Average Based on 2 Reviews Write a Review
SMALL PLANT WITH FUN FRUIT
Sylvester017 from CA wrote (December 27, 2013):
I like green tomatoes so a friend gifted me a GS seedling that went into my raised garden bed. Mistake. Should have planted it in a container as it got dwarfed by the Indeterminate tomatoes growing around it. However, the fruit was so much fun to watch forming and growing almost all at once. We got two complete crops of fruit from one bush with 3 stragglers at the end of its productive life. Good taste, firm flesh, good keeper on the counter for us. I think the shade from other plants around it protected it from the heatwave days as none of our GS ever split or cracked. Next time we'll plant it in a container so we can move it into the shade on heatwave days. Good producer for a smaller plant and doesn't need staking unless you choose to.
kind of disappointed
Sheri Esquivias from OR wrote (October 22, 2013):
i bought this seed for the uniqueness of the fruit . i work with kids and it fun to try unusal things. the plant was bushed and had a lot of tomatoes but they rotted at the tips each batch that grew. It seemed to be a little more insect free asthe season progressed. Definatly a good plant for patio and containers.
Tomato Germination Information

Tomato Seed Germination How to Sow Tomato:
  • Best sown indoors, 5-7 weeks before last frost, at alternating temperatures of 68 to 86°
  • Sow at a depth of 4X the size of the seed
  • Expect germination in 7-14 days
  • Seeds can also be sown outdoors after all danger of frost is past in the spring and in a warm soil
  • Outdoors, sow at the same depth as indoors

How to Grow Tomato:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves and when nights are above 55°

Spacing: When planting out, plant the seedlings 2 inches deeper than the soil line. Space 11/2- 2 feet apart if staked and 4-5 feet apart if allowed to sprawl on the ground

Lighting: Site in full sun

Soil: Site in in a rich, fertile, deep, moist, well-drained garden soil.

Additional Care: For the best quality fruit: keep plants well watered and mulched, grow on a support system (stake or trellis), and fertilize prior to planting and again lightly every month.

Appearance and Use:

Grown for its red, orange, or yellow, rounded, oblong, or pear-shaped fruits that come in a variety of sizes. The plant is a frost-tender perennial that is grown as an annual. The determinate types are compact and bushier, from 12-24 inches tall. They stop growing and producing fruit when they reach their inherent size. The indeterminate types are vines that will keep growing and producing fruit until they are killed by frost. The fruit is best picked when red and juicy, however, they may be picked green and allowed to ripen indoors. Harvest regularly to keep the vine producing fruit


About Tomato:
Botanical name: Lycopersicon esculentum
Pronunciation:  li-ko-per’si-kon es-ku-len’tum
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Solanaceae; native to South America

Superior Germination Through Superior Science

Park's Superior Seeds Park Seed's humidity- and temperature-controlled seed storage vault Park Seed offers some of the highest-quality vegetable and flower seeds available in the industry, and there are a number of reasons for this.

First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

Superior Standards - University Inspected

Testing seeds against minimum germination standards To make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.

Hand Packed By Experienced Technicians

Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.

The Park Seed Gold Standard

Park Seed's exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil seed packets And many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier.

When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!

Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?

It is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.

What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?

Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?

Extremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?

The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.

How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?

For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

How long will seeds keep in storage?

Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?

We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What depth should I sow various seeds?

When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.

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