Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Thorburn's Terra-Cotta [Extinct]') in the Tomatoes Database

Also sold as:
Thorburn's Terra Cotta

Vegetables
Year Introduced: 1893

Data specific to Tomatoes (Edit)
Heredity: Open Pollinated
Skin Color: Other: Terra cotta (Italian for "baked earth") or Tannish-red
Flesh Color: Other: Terra cotta (Italian for "baked earth") or Tannish-red
Fruit Shape: Flattened Globe
Fruit Size: Medium
Best Uses: Slicing
Canning
Growth Mode: Indeterminate
Earliness: Mid-season
Late
History: Bred by Elbert S. Carman. Introduced in 1893 by J. M. Thorburn Seed Co. It appears to have been dropped by 1919 and is presumed extinct. Not to be confused with the tomato released by William Weaver.
Country: USA

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Plant Spread: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Leaves: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Direct sowing into the garden not recommended. Sow seeds into sterile seed starting mix, 1/8"-1/4" deep, indoors, 6-8 weeks prior to last expected frost date. Optimal germination occurs in 7-14 days with constant moisture and soil temperatures of 75-90F.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Containers: Preferred depth: Some tomato varieties, primarily dwarf and determinate varieties, are suitable for container gardening. Large, vining, indeterminate types can be grown in 5 gallon or larger containers but may require extra attention.
Parentage: Complex cross between: Peach X various unknown varieties.

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