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Tomato, Amana Orange
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A single slice of these very large, late orange tomatoes with flavorful, low-acid, meaty flesh will cover a full piece of bread for your open faced tomato sandwich. This orange heirloom from the Amana Colonies in Iowa has tall vines that need staking. Indeterminate

Calendar Days to Harvest: 80

ITEM # ORDER PRICE QUANTITY
05100 Pack, Tomato, Amana Orange
25 seeds $ 3.49
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  • Heirloom
  • Size: 5 -6 feet plant, 12-16 oz. fruit
  • Hardiness: Tender Annual
  • Easy to Grow: Yes
  • Seed Planting Depth: 0.25"
  • Days to Germination: 7-14 days
  • Plant spacing within a row: 18"-24"
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Start From Seed: Detailed instructions for direct seeding, or starting seeds indoors and transplanting.
Tomatoes are best started indoors 4-6 weeks before your last frost date. Plant seeds ¼ inch deep and keep evenly moist. Optimum soil temperature is 70-90°F, which can be achieved with a heating mat. After 6-14 days, place new seedlings in a sunny window and fertilize every 2 weeks. Harden off your seedlings before planting by placing them outdoors during the day and bringing inside at night. Transplant 18-24 inches apart in rows that are 36-60 inches apart
Growing Conditions: Growing seasons, soil types, water and fertility requirements.
Tomatoes are frost sensitive, warm season plants that grow best in full sun and like fertile, well drained, loamy soils. Tomatoes are heavy feeders, so prepare planting area with decomposed compost and a general purpose organic fertilizer. Soil that is low in phosphorus and potassium can be amended with rock phosphate and greensand. To prevent blossom end rot, add bone meal, oyster shell flour or crushed eggshells to the planting holes. Deeper, less frequent watering encourages deep rooting for better drought tolerance and tastier fruits.
Pest Prevention: Organic solutions to common problems.
Tomatoes are susceptible to many diseases, including Early Blight (Alternaria), Late Blight (Phytophthora), Septoria Leaf Spot, Bacterial Spot, Speck and Canker, and soilborne fungal diseases such as Verticillium and Fusarium Wilt. When possible, choose disease resistant varieties, use a minimum three year rotation cycle, use drip irrigation to minimize wet foliage, mulch to prevent soil from splashing on to leaves during rain storms, stake vines, orient rows to increase air circulation and compost or turn under all crop debris at the end of each season. Tomato hornworms can be hand-picked or controlled with Bacillus thuringensis sprays (Dipel). Plant flowers and insectary plants around the borders or within your garden to attract beneficial insects to control harmful pests naturally.
Harvest: Is it ready yet? When to harvest and how to store your garden produce.
Tomatoes generally ripen 6-8 weeks after fruit set. Tomatoes will continue to mature even after they have been harvested. Harvest fully ripe fruits when they have full color but are still firm. Many varieties pull off easily when ripe, while some heirlooms need to be cut from the vine. To harvest for later use or to sell at market, pick when fruits have 50-75% color and are still firm, they will ripen in a few days. For best flavor, keep tomatoes on the kitchen counter, not in the refrigerator.
2 based on 2 reviews

seeds didn't germinate

by 4168523 on 8/6/2013 5:50:42 PM

I planted about 36 seeds (18 two times) in starts and only 3 germinated. One of those plants is still only 5" tall and likely won't produce any ripe tomatoes at this point. Won't buy these again, unless that two plants really produce a lot.

A specialty tomato for big gardens

by 3740348 on 12/12/2013 9:50:18 PM

I grew Amana for 3 or 4 years in the 1990s and ended up growing a dozen Amana plants among about 50 tomato plants total. The first year the germination from a seed packet was low as noted in the other review -- maybe 20%. So I think the seed has a rather short finicky shelf life for this variety. Beginning in the second year and onward my own saved seed was better, but still only around 60% . Also the seedlings displayed a wide variation in vigor, so about a month into the process I'd chuck out the least vigorous half or more. I learned to grow a lot of them, then cull out all but a dozen by late April. The plants aren't prolific, but produce four to six very large, succulent tomatoes. I found the plants, themselves, are indeterminate but the fruit is produced all at once. As soon as the first tomato showed some color, I'd snip off the growing ends of the vines. The color is exceptional as a pastel yellow orange -- none other like it. The seed pockets in each tomato are nice and small, so the fruit isn't overly laden with moisture. Flavor is on the mild side, very good, rich, and dense. I had no problems with diseases. The tomatoes keep well but are easily bruised. If you have room for a lot of tomato plants, you might enjoy some of these among the rest. In a small garden I'd choose other more productive varieties. When I grew Amana I was also growing Kellogg's Breakfast tomato, which was quite similar in habit except for Kellogg's pink color.

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