What are the pros? Unique Heat humidity tolerance
What are the cons? Somewhat slow to mature
I found Purple calabash tomatoes from a production standpoint to be somewhat ill-suited to be anything other then an limited number novelty. This is not so say you should not try them nor should the be enjoyed by all but they seem to bear a odd trait of slow plant maturation. The seeds come up as normal but about 50% of the seedlings take forever to get to any size. Once they get this odd growth spurt it's off to the races they act like other tomatoes. My recommendation is to start them early with the peppers and be patient. Also do not trow out any undersized seedlings because they will catch up. The fruit is almost the poster child of what a real heirloom should be, each one is different and a color that challenges those that think tomatoes should only be red and round. I might add the test plants seem to not mind being in large 14" pots perhaps a double bonus for those with no space? Overall an enjoyable heirloom and a great item.
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