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Primora tomato, a large, dark, striped variety that looks stunning in salad

Large, green slightly striped primora tomato

Primora tomato key facts:

Botanical name – Solanum lycopersicum
Family – Solenaceae
Type – fruit vegetable

Height – up to 6 feet (2 m)
Planting distance – 20 to 28 inches (50 to 70 cm)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – cool, rich, soft and well-drained

Planting – May
Harvest – July to September

The ‘Primora’ tomato is an heirloom tomato variety that’s famous for its savory taste. This variety produces ribbed and slightly flattened fruits, the color of which is brown with a tinge of green at the shoulder. The flesh of the primora tomato doesn’t have many seeds, and tastes a bit sweet with a soft taste that doesn’t overdo it. Ornamental, flesh that melts in the mouth, juicy, not a trace of acidity… this is a variety that children will find very appealing!

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Sowing Primora tomatoes

You’ll need to sow your Primora tomatoes under cover at the beginning, with a temperature of around 68°F (20°C). Seeds should be sown in individual nursery pots, in a substrate purely prepared from sieved seedling potting mix.

  • Water your Primora seedlings with a sprayer to keep the substrate moist without drenching it, however.
  • Sprouting generally occurs between the 7th and 10th day after sowing.
  • To learn more, read: Succeed in sowing tomato

Planting Primora tomatoes

Young seedlings must then be transplanted to the vegetable patch after the date of the last frost has passed. Mid-May is often a safe time to plant, but this depends on where you live. Plants must be around 5 to 6 inches tall (12 to 15 cm).

  • Planted primora tomato vinePlant your Primora in a sunny spot that won’t get too dry in hot weather, in soil that you’ll have broken up beforehand. Space the planting holes 2 feet apart (50 cm) in rows set 2½ feet apart (70 cm).
  • 3 to 4 times the size of the root system of your Primora tomato seedlings is a proper volume for each planting hole.
  • Amend the bottom of the hole with very ripe compost, and bury the stem down to the first leaves.

Growing and care

An annual vegetable plant, the Primora tomato grows outdoors from spring to fall, and has to be sown again every year. This indeterminate vine requires staking from the moment it’s planted until the season is over.

  • Primora tomatoes grow best in warm and full sun parts of the garden, where the soil stays cool, fertile, and drains well in case of heavy rains.
  • An abundant layer of mulch, together with regular watering directly at the foot of the plant (without getting the leaves wet) are needed for it to resist long periods of drought.

A frost-vulnerable plant, it may be necessary to grow this variety under the cover of a greenhouse or tunnel in colder regions.

Diseases and pests

The Primora tomato sadly fares no better than other Solanum lycopersicum tomatoes as regards common diseases. It hence remains vulnerable to tomato mildew and powdery mildew.

A lack of calcium in the soil may lead to a phenomenon called tomato blossom end rot.

The main pests of Primora tomato are mites, nematodes, thrips, whitefly, aphids, bollworms and leaf miners.

Harvest and keeping

Primora tomato fruit must be harvested at peak maturity. Just pick a few as you need them for your own meals, anytime from July to September (which is 4 to 5 months after sowing).

  • If you can’t eat them immediately, store your ripe Primora tomatoes in a refrigerator, in the “vegetable” compartment: they’ll keep for a few more days. It’s also possible to space them out in a crate or on a tabletop for the same span of time.
  • To keep them any longer, try different ways of cooking and preserving them in airtight jars.
  • Become a master on the topic of harvesting tomatoes at peak maturity

How to cook Primora tomatoes?

The elegant, noble brown color of Primora tomatoes helps decorate summer tossed salads. However, on top of simply eating it raw, this tomato’s juicy, melting flesh makes for truly delicious baked side dishes. Perfect for stuffing and baking, or to simmer down and make delicious tomato sauces and syrups.

Pasta with tomato sauce prepared from primora tomato

Image credits (edits Gaspard Lorthiois):
Public Domain: Benoît Prieur
Pixabay: ETXRoseGal59, Michaela
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