Litchi Tomato Seeds
Information: This unusual variety has a bushy growth form and is exceptionally attractive thanks to its relatively large white to lilac-coloured nightshade flowers and its small red fruits, whose prickly husk gives it the appearance of a lychee fruit. Also unusual for a tomato plant are the thorny prickles on the stems and leaves, which are a good reason for not to position this plant close to paths.
Another distinctive feature is the flavour of the aromatic fruits as they taste more like cherries or berries than tomatoes. They are well-suited for use as salad decorations or for making jams and juices. The plants grow well both in pots or outdoors. From August they provide a plentiful harvest lasting until October. The fruits are ripe when they can easily be detached from their prickly husk. Unlike most other tomato breeds, it is not necessary to pinch out the side shoots of the litchi tomato.
Care: You can grow litchi tomatoes at home, in a greenhouse or outside. Optimum germinating temperature is between 20°C and 28°C, germination takes place after 6-15 days. You can accelerate germination by priming them overnight in a damp cloth. The young plant should not be planted outside until after the last frost. Tomatoes need fresh, well-fertilised permeable soil, which is kept damp (but not wet!). They should be placed in a sunny, sheltered place with at least 6 hours of sunlight per day, if not more. If possible, you should protect the litchi tomato from rain (e.g. sheltered by an overhanging roof) and only water it at the plant`s base.
|Variety||Litchi tomato (Solanum sisymbriifolium)|
|Optimum germinating temperature||20 - 26 °C|
|Seeding||January - April|
|Germination period||6 - 15 days|
|Plant growth habit||Up to 150cm tall, shrub-like|
|Fruit`s appearance||Round, red, approx. 2 x 2cm, prickly husk|
|Harvest||Late August to October|