Sow 4-7 weeks before your last frost date.
Transplant out after danger of frost (50+F nighttime temps).
Note: Don't start too early or plants will be leggy and root-bound! Tomatoes do well in clay to loam soils.
18" spacing in rows 5' apart.
10-14 days @ soil temp 70-85F
Medium-Heavy. Prefers well-drained, well-balanced fertile soil with a pH between 6.0-7.5. Note that excess Nitrogen will encourage foliage, not fruit! Low calcium and irregular watering will result in blossom end rot.
Row cover may be used for extra warmth and possible earlier fruit set.
Irregular watering can result in blossom end rot.
Plant deeply to encourage healthy root structure.
Indeterminate varieties may benefit from pruning suckers to encourage air flow, plant health, and energy towards plant top and fruit.
Trellis! We really like the Florida weave.
Pomodoro d'Inverno are all about bright acidic flavor and fresh tomato textures in the fall and winter months. Annarita is most often consumed raw, on friselle (a special dry bread from Puglia) with a drizzle of oil and oregano- similar to bruscetta; or cooked to flavor dishes such as fish soup or sauces. Italians say it is not used to make passata or tomato puree, so don't even think about it.
In addition to the above ideas, we use it for simple Pico de Gallo or wedged and tossed with pasta.