Chef’s Choice Orange - #480U
(HY) Indeterminate. 75 days. Chefs are going to love cooking with it as well as eating it! Beefsteak type derived from the popular heirloom tomato “Amana Orange” captures the unique color and rich tomato tang flavor of the heirloom, but provides much earlier maturity. Wonderfully bright, almost neon, internal color and superior taste and texture for an early maturing orange tomato. Vigorous, 5-6’ tall plants produce heavy yields of up to 2 dozen fruits averaging 9-16 oz and reach 6” in diameter. Good foliage protection from sunburn. Excellent for slicing and for soups and sauces because the intense color does not fade or discolor when cooked. Resists cracking. Resistant: Tomato Mosaic Virus. About 184,000 seeds/lb; 11,500 seeds/oz.
Companions: Asparagus, carrot, celery, cucumber, onion, parsley, pepper.
Allies: Basil repels flies and mosquitos, improves growth and flavor. Bee balm, chives and mint improve health and flavor. Borage deters tomato worm, improves growth and flavor. Dill, until mature, improves growth and flavor. Once mature, it stunts tomato growth. Marigold deters nematodes. Pot marigold deters tomato worm and general garden pests.
Enemies: Corn and tomato are attacked by the same worm. Mature dill retards tomato growth. Kohlrabi stunts tomato growth. Potatoes and tomatoes are attacked by the same blight.