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Currant Tomato, Wild Tomato

Lycopersicon pimpinellifolium

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: pimpinellifolium (pim-pi-nel-ih-FOH-lee-um) (Info)
Additional cultivar information:(aka Wild Florida Everglades Tomato)
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Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

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:

Indeterminate

Fruit Shape:

Currant

Fruit Size:

Small (grape/cherry varieties)

Days to Maturity:

Early (55-68 days)

Fruit Colors:

Red

Seed Type:

Family heirlooms

Usage:

Fresh, salad

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Bartow, Florida

Cocoa, Florida

Deland, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Miami, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Venice, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Calhoun, Georgia

Binghamton, New York

Ronkonkoma, New York

Portland, Oregon

Royersford, Pennsylvania

North Charleston, South Carolina

Liberty Hill, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Negative

On Jun 24, 2018, jbon5 from Deland, FL wrote:

My currant tomato plants grew fine while the weather was mild in the Spring. I was led to believe that this variety withstands hot summers, but that is not true. As soon as temperatures got into the 90's, the plants started to decline and look like they're about to die, just like regular tomato plants. I heard it grows wild in S Florida but I think it's like a winter annual down there where there is hardly any frost. I will never plant this variety again here.

Positive

On Jul 25, 2017, 777fanja from North Charleston, SC wrote:

This is my first year growing Lycopersicon pimpinellifolium, but it won't be the last. It is the best tomato I have ever tasted. The plants have offered no problems with growing, except that they have grown over the top of the six foot fence that I planted them next to. The only soil treatment or fertilizer I used is compost made from horse manure and leaf litter. They were grown from seed in a sandy loam soil in Charleston, SC.

Positive

On Mar 1, 2008, Anitabryk2 from Long Island, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Great snack food! Tastes like pops of sugar. Grew like a weed the entire summer through to frost. I gave some plants to a friend that lives on a saltwater canal with periodic yard flooding and it was indestructible. Completely took over the fence!

Positive

On May 7, 2006, tremax from Delray Beach, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I have had limited experience with "Wild Florida Everglades Tomato". However it was easy to germinate, took little care. Got plenty of sunshine and water. Produced tasty little cherry sized tomatoes for about three months. I'm going to keep growing it. I don't know much about tomato growing but this one has been trouble-free so far. And it grows all year according to the information I have.

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