Tomato, Lakota (Lycopersicon esculentum), packet of 30 seeds, organic
Family: Nightshade (Solanacea)
Annual: 150 days from seeding, 80 to 85 days from transplant.
Heirloom Native American selection. Round, mid-sized red slicers on a large indeterminate bush. The fruits are among the tastiest of the Tomato clan, clear-skinned and sparsely seeded–seeds very large. High germination and good behavior in pots made us like them even before transplant. These definitely are worth caging, as they otherwise sprawl to a great distance, and it is also great to keep the fruit up off the ground. Lakota is slow to ripen, which may be one reason that it develops so much flavor. In any case, this is not a good choice for short season zones (I would go with Chadwick’s Cherry instead). Here in Southern Oregon, we planted the seed in the greehouse on March 25th and were taking in big harvests of ripe fruit by August 25. Standard tomato culture, large plants, space a bit wider than usual.
30 seeds per packet, certified organically grown