Principe Borghese Tomato Seeds
Principe Borghese Tomato TM111-20
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Principe Borghese Tomato Seeds

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SKU TM111-20
$4.00 $3.75
Availability: In Stock
Country Of Origin: Italy Italy
Planting Instructions
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75 days. Solanum lycopersicum. Open Pollinated. Principe Borghese Tomato. The plant produces heavy yields of 1 to 2 oz bright red plum tomatoes. It has a rich tomato flavor. They are meaty, very flavorful, and have little juice and very few seeds. Perfect for making sauce, puree, and paste. Great for thickening tomato sauce. Also one of the best sun drying tomatoes on the market. Suitable for fresh use, canning, and freezing too. Grows in clusters. Crack Resistant. Drought Tolerant. The plant requires support, either staking or cages. Also known as Prince Borghese Tomato. Always a great seller at Farmer’s Markets! An excellent choice for home gardens and specialty market growers. An heirloom variety from Tuscany, Italy dating back to 1910. United States Department of Agriculture, PI 639215. Determinate.

Lot No: R

Germination: 85%

Test Date: 04/24

Seeds Per Pound: 128,000

Plant Height: 48” tall

Planting Season: Spring

Sunlight Requirement: Full Sun

Planting Method: Indoor Sow

Lycopersicon esculentum

Seed DepthSoil Temp. for GerminationDays to GerminationSunlight RequirementsPlanting Time
1/4 to 1/2" 80 F to 85 F 7 to 14 daysFull Sun Spring
USDA Hardiness ZoneSeed SpacingRow SpacingSpace After ThinningDays to Harvest
N/A 1"48" 48"60 - 90 days
Tomato Seed Planting Information:

Tomato plants should be grown in a warm areas and receive plenty of sunlight, so choose a sunny spot in your garden. Relocate your tomato plants in different parts of your garden each year to avoid diseases. Optimum temperatures for growing tomatoes are between 80 and 85 degrees F. Plant your seeds indoors 10 to 12 weeks before setting outside. Use Miracle Gro Seed Starting Material for best germination results. We have tested other Seed Starting Mix and experienced poor germination rates. You may have to special order the Miracle Gro Seed Starting Potting Mix from your nursery, as it is hard to find it at many of the large home and garden centers. Do not add any soil, fertilizers, and other chemicals to seed starting material! Do not use jiffy peat pots, plugs, or potting soil, or cover the pots, as the soil may become too dry or too wet, which can lead to disease and fungus. Do not bottom water the seeds as this causes the seed starting material to become too wet and you will experience poor germination! We have experienced disease and low germination when using these types of products and covering the pots with plastic or covers. When seedlings are 4" tall, transplant them in larger pots. Plants should be at least 10" tall before transplanting outdoors. Place plants outdoors in shady area several days before transplanting outdoors. Shelter the transplants to prevent sunburn, wilting, and rain damage. Spring planting should occur when soil is warm, at least 3 weeks after last frost, and when temperatures remain above 70 degrees F. You can plant early if you use water towers. To prevent branches from breaking from the weight of tomatoes, use 5 to 6 ft tall cages. To tie plants to stakes, use soft strips of cloth. Check indeterminate plants regularly, and pinch off suckers and side branches where leaves join the stems. Plants can grow 1 to 6 ft tall.

Soil Requirements:

Requires fertile slightly acid soil in a well drained location in the garden. Apply mulch and grass clippings, or straw around base of plant. Work the soil thoroughly before planting. Add well-rotted manure and compost.

Water Requirements:

Keep soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Water well during dry and hot spells. Water in the morning only, on the side of the plants and not directly on the leaves.

Fertilizer Requirements:

Use RootBlast, Vegetable Alive, and Slow Release Fertilizer when transplanting outdoors. Apply Miracle Gro every two weeks.

Harvest Tips:

Harvest tomatoes when they are fully mature using a garden scissor so you don't damage the plant. Pick them as they mature to encourage new fruit to form. Remove any decayed tomatoes from the plant.

Growing Calendar
Indoor Germination Temperature: 80 to 85 F
Minimum Outdoor Temperature: Above 70 F
Start Indoors Transplant Start Outdoors Start Indoors Fall Transplant Fall Start Outdoors Fall Multiple Crops
Seed Depth: ¼” to ½“

Days to Germination: 7 to 14 days

Plant Spacing: 48”

Row Spacing: 48”

Sunlight Requirement: Full sun

Days to Harvest after Planting Outdoors:
Early Season Tomato: 60 to 65 days
Mid-Season Tomato: 70 to 75 days
Late Season Tomato: 85 to 90 days

USDA Hardiness Zone: 2 to 11

Use Miracle-Gro© Seed Starting Mix for best germination results.

Customer Reviews

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by on March 20, 2011

Excellent prolific drying tomato. I dried these and then put them in olive oil with italian spices. Flavor was scrumptious all winter long in salads, soups and dressings. Gave as gifts with two or three recipes attached.

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by on April 19, 2010

The Borghese is NOT a sauce tomato. At one time historically, it was the most widely used tomato in Italy for sun-drying. It is ideal for this purpose....or for dehydrating.

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by on December 14, 2020

Had a bad year. Planted these late and watering was inconsistent and we still got a lot of beautiful, delicious tomatoes that dried up almost like candy. Will plant again, and threat them better. :D

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by on October 13, 2007

Great production, not a good tomato for making sauce in my opinion-too small...great for salads, diced in recipes, and drying!

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