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Friday, December 9, 2011

FOR SALE: 2012 Sarah's Galapagos Currant Tomato Seeds

The Rusted Garden Seeds for Sale 2012: Gary Pilarchik

Sarah's Galapagos Tomato Seeds
Currant Type Tomato
Get 150+ Seeds for 2012 for $1.95


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The fruits are red and very sweet. The best currant, I've tasted!


These are currant type tomatoes from the Galapagos Islands. I have grown them now for 4 or 5 years and they will produce 500 to 1000 currant tomatoes per plant. They are super sweet and grow wild in the Galagagos Islands.

You will get 100+ tomato seeds. I saved them all from my plants this year. I test germinated them with about a 65% germination rate. They are much slower to sprout than standard tomato seeds.

I recommend planting 3 seeds to a cell or cup and thinning to the strongest plant. A household of 4 only needs one plant to be supplied with sweet currant tomatoes all season long.


Here are some Blogs about the Sarah's Galapagos Tomato Plant:


That is the Sara's Galapagos variety indeterminate current type tomato. It is my first year growing it. So far I can say it is extremely cool. For two reasons. One, it grows quite easily though the germination rate was low. It doesn't seem,  I say doesn't seem, to be having problems with diseases. I am spraying it with sulfur spray as a precaution but aside from yellow bottom leaves, not much disease issue. Little if any evidence of early blight. The second reason, it's native to the Galapagos Islands and it has a different leaf scent compared to your standard tomato plants. It may not have a huge taste, as I read but I also read it is packed with vitamins above standard tomatoes. We will see. 

The plant above is contained in a cage and with a stake. I let it grow pretty much unpruned but for the bottom. It is growing like a weed and needs care to lift up its branches. Because it is truly a wild variety, I am trying not prune it much at all. I am going to keep it of the ground and keep air circulating around it.





There are hundreds of tomatoes on the plant. They have not ripened yet but should be on there way over the next week.

Some more information below from other sites: I am trying to confirm how many varieties of tomatoes are on the Galapagos. Seems like the information below may be for different varieties. We will see. I will review it after it bears ripe fruit.

Sara's Galapagos #3637 (FROM 2010 GARDEN CATALOG)


NEW FOR 2010. This special currant tomato is only 1/2 inch wide, but packed with tons of sweet flavor in its very small size. The seed was originally collected in the wild by Amy Goldman on a trip to the Galapagos with her daughter Sara. Large plants are prolific, bearing long trusses of tiny red intensely flavored fruit. Indeterminate. 75 days.


A description from: http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/lycopersicon_cheesmanii.htm

A small wild tomato native to the Galapagos Islands. Fruits are small, somewhat like the currant tomato. They ripen to a yellow-orange color and are edible, with a good, typical acid tomato flavor. The plant is of particular interest for its resistance to a number of tomato pests and has been used to cross breed with regular tomatoes to confer desired traits.

Description: A bushy annual with a standard tomato growth habit. Plants may reach 3-5ft and are most similar to certain cherry tomato varieties in growth and fruit production. The Galapagos Island tomato is distinctive and ornamental in a tomato garden, having smaller, ruffled leaves and profuse flowers. Fruits ripen quickly, in 50-60 days and seem to enjoy hot weather to set
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A blog entry from: community.stretcher.com/forums/t/17151.aspx

Thought I'd pass this on to anybody who likes cherry tomatoes, and is trying to grow them in dry, rocky areas. Try a variety called Wild Galapagos.

I saw this seed for sale last year (from Underwood), and they were outstanding.  New York got hit hard by late blight last year, and eventually it showed up in my garden.  Most of the varieties I grew got hammered, including almost all the heirlooms. But this one managed to fend off the worst of the disease.  It produces so well that even if you lose some tomatoes, there are plenty left to take their place.



Germination of the Sarah's Galapagos Tomatoes for 2012


I saved a lot of tomato seeds this year. The variety shown here is the Sara's Galapagos currant type. This variety produces between 500 and 1000 tomatoes. YES! that many. I will be selling them this year too. Before I sell my plants and before you spend time trying to plant seeds you saved, you want to make sure they germinate.

Here is how you do it.

Germinating Tomato Seeds: Gary Pilarchik

A small zip-lock bag and a paper towel is all you need. Moisten a paper towel and squeeze out the excess water. You should put about 20 seeds or more on youy open moistened towel. Fold it in half and in half again so it fits in the plastic bag.

It will take 5 - 7 days for the seeds to germinate. A few more days are needed to give all the seeds a chance. But I just wanted to see if they were alive and kicking.  I put mine on top of the refrigerator and waited 6 or 7 days.


You Will Get Mold Spots: Gary Pilarchik

After 5 - 7 days open up your paper towel. You will get mold spots. Don't worry about that. If you want a good estimate of your germination rate, wait 10 days. If you just want to see if they are viable, 5- 7 days will work.

Germinated  Sarah's Galapagos Tomato Seeds: Gary Pilarchik

You can see in these two pictures that the tomato seeds germinated. These are seeds I fermented and saved  from this year. I have over 1000 seeds, so I threw a mess on the paper towel. Sarah's Galapagos are a bit more difficult to germinate. The rate is about 50-75%.


More Germinated Tomato Seeds: Gary Pilarchik

After 10 days count the number of seeds germinated and the total number of seeds on the paper towel and divide. The formula is Germinated Seeds/Total Number of Seeds equals the Germination Rate.

Or if you do 20 seeds multiply the number of germinated seeds by five. 

My germination rate was 68%.  Most varieties will be in the 80's.






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