Tomato, Cherry “Zeus” – seed packet – $3.49
Related tags: Daggawalla Exclusive, Nightshade Family
(Solanum lycopersicum) Perennial in the Nightshade Family, native to Central America, grown as an annual outside the Tropics. Sprawling indeterminate vines in multitude, to at least 6′ long. Generous clusters of fruit mature in sequence towards the tip, providing continual daily harvest during the season. “Zeus” is of a much-appreciated lineage of “compost pile cherry tomatoes” that reliably volunteered at a particular garden in Portland each year, and always pumped out the goods. Tomatoes are normally quite labor-intensive in the Pacific NW, what with starting them in February under lights on heating mats, potting them up who knows how many times, and then hardening them off in the face of cool nights and sudden rainy spells, all for big greenies that can take ’til October to turn red, if they ever do – oh heavens! Hence the joy of “Zeus”: No Work and Lotsa ‘Maters.
“Zeus” is named for a much-loved and very prosperous cat who lived at this particular garden, who passed on to the Feline-Ever-After in 2013. Moment of silence…
Planting suggestions: Average garden soil. Full Sun. Try direct-sowing as soon as the soil has warmed – that’s all this variety has ever needed! Otherwise, do the usual tomato starting thing, sowing in flats x-many weeks before the Final Frost date, potting up, hardening off, da dee da dee da, etc. Give 24-36” spacing. Can container-garden. Provide something for it to climb. Harvest when fruit easily falls from the vine.
Contains at least 50 seeds. Packed for 2016.