What are the pros? Prolific heavy producer
What are the cons? Blossom End Rot
I've grown (tried to grow) this tomato in zone 6b for over 10 years. DON'T GROW THIS IN A CONTAINER or planter you will get blossom end rot regardless of how much bone meal, egg shells, calcified lime you put into the container. It's not good for square foot gardening either. This tomato plant cranks out tomatoes and you have to watch it like a hawk once it starts fruiting because it probably needs to be grown in its native soil in Italy, which is probably heavily calcified soil. They grow them in row crops in Italy. For the best success, Grow in raised beds or in tilled mounded amended soil, and foliar spray with calcium chloride or calcium nitrate & water. Plant them deep to attempt to prevent blossom end rot. This year, it is the middle of July and the plant has had 4 months of growth and the tomato plant is over 6 feet tall and about 3 feet in diameter under supports. Leaves are as large as a dollar bill. Tomatoes are about 3" This may be my last year with this variety.
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