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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Valencia'

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: Valencia

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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1 positive
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive 3SG On Jun 28, 2013, 3SG from Altamont, UT wrote:

Very easy to grow.
Deep rooted.
A heavy feeder. (I grow organic. Winter Vetch, Red Clover, and Cereal Rye cover crops Fall through Winter. Turn over the green manure early Spring. Alfalfa Compost Tea every 2 to 3 weeks throughout the growing season works wonders as does fish emulsion.)

Best planted in raised bed berms. As with all Toms, keep your soil deep, loose, and "fluffy". (And again, make sure it`s fertile.)

Seeds were first purchased (online) from Johnny`s Selected Seeds in Maine. (Both last and this years`s crops are from my own seeds.)

Plants are full and bushy, averaging 4 1/2 to 5 feet in height.
No disease issues whatsoever. (I live in high mountain Utah.)
Moderate to good production (15 to 25 per plant) of 6 to 9 ounce (on average) deep orange fruits - though 2 plants out produced all with 35+ total.
Very good late season (2 weeks post average first frost) production.

Nicely balanced sweet to acid flavor with sweet cherry overtones.
"Old time tomato" taste is an accurate description.
Juicy, yet firm texture. Few seeds. Thin skin. An easy slicer.

In my opinion, Valencia is a wonderful salad and sandwich Tom.
It looks - and tastes - great on a garden fresh plate of carrots, radishes, cukes, and peppers. (It`s also that rare Heirloom Tom that doesn`t fight, flavor wise, with my own home made Sweet Honey Vinegar.)

Not a "my top 5 favorite" Heirloom Tom, but a good one nevertheless. (One of the better "complimentary" Toms around.)

Naysayers aside, well worth the effort and said to be somewhat endangered.

Neutral habaneros On Aug 8, 2011, habaneros from Manitou, KY wrote:

have tried to grow this variety for 2 years in a row. (nursery bought) never gets over 1 foot tall.... with no friut

Negative pommace On Feb 14, 2011, pommace from Forestville, CA wrote:

In a cold season (2010) here, this plant was a good producer, but fruits were on the mealy side with little flavor. Will not plant again.

Neutral Big_Red On Dec 23, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

" Brilliant carrot orange 6 oz. fruits are very meaty with few seeds and very fruity;"

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