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Costoluto Genovese Tomato
Solanum lycopersicum 'Costoluto Genovese'
Costoluto Genovese Tomato fruit
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Height: 5 feet
Spacing: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
A beautiful Italian heirloom variety that produces large, heavily lobed and unique looking fruit; with an acidic and intense flavor, it is perfect for canning, sauces, paste and pickling; staking or caging is required
Costoluto Genovese Tomato is an annual vegetable plant that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces red tomatoes (which are technically 'berries') with red flesh which are usually ready for picking from mid to late summer. This is an indeterminate variety, which means it produces fruit throughout the growing season. The tomatoes have an acidic taste.
The tomatoes are most often used in the following ways:
- Fresh Eating
- Eating When Cooked/Prepared
Planting & Growing
Costoluto Genovese Tomato will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When planted in rows, individual plants should be spaced approximately 3 feet apart. Because of its vigorous growth habit, it may require staking or supplemental support. This fast-growing vegetable plant is an annual, which means that it will grow for one season in your garden and then die after producing a crop.
This plant can be difficult to integrate into a landscape or flower garden, and is best grown in a designated vegetable garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and it is considered by many to be an heirloom variety.
Costoluto Genovese Tomato is a good choice for the vegetable garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.
This Plant Finder tool is an online catalog representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact your nearest Platt Hill Nursery store for current availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit us to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.
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