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Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Red Penna'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Penna
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Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Ferment seeds before storing

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Indeterminate

Fruit Shape:

Beefsteak

Fruit Size:

Medium (under one pound)

Large (over one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Mid (69-80 days)

Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Red

Seed Type:

Family heirlooms

Usage:

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Miami, Florida

Tonawanda, New York

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Aug 6, 2014, decherdt from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Tasted our first Red Penna. Had a nice rich multi note flavor. Didnt set fruit until really late, mid June, when almost all of the others were finished. Picked this one at first blush to beat the Mockingbirds to it. It was in the Westernmost spot, with more shade than others. Have to try it in the sun next time

Positive

On Jul 23, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

70-85 dtm, 12 oz to 1lb and over fruit. Red beefsteak type, reg. leaf. Brought over by immigrants who came to work in the cement plant in Hannibal, MO. sometime between 50-100 years ago. These were grown at the cement plant.

Very good to even excellent flavor for me, not very productive, though (less than 5 fruit).