Dester Tomato

Dester Tomato

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Open Pollinated  Heirloom

  • 80 days. Indeterminate.
  • Large, 1 pound plus beefsteak tomato with mouth watering, sweet tomato taste.
  • Large statured plants produce an abundance of pinkish red sandwich size tomatoes. 
  • Dr. Dester brought seed with him from Germany when he settled in Indiana where he gave some seed to an Amish woman who shared with a neighboring farmer when she moved to Missouri.
  • Does best when staked or caged. Ripens over a long period of time until frost. 

Planting Directions: Plant seed indoors 6-8 weeks before transplanting in  spring.  Sow seed 1/2” deep in sterile starting soil,  maintaining a soil temperature of 65° to  95°. Germinates in 6-10 days if soil is kept at 85°.  When seedlings are 10 days old replant (if using seedling trays) into 2” or 4” pots. Transplant outdoors when soil temperatures are at least 70° in well drained soil enriched with organic matter or a general purpose fertilizer. Space plants 2’ to 3’ apart. Avoid high levels of nitrogen in the soil as this promotes vegetative growth and reduces yields. Water regularly during growing season and  reduce or withhold water when tomatoes begin to ripen.