‘Ice Grow’ Tomato
Nice red fruits, almost round, about 10 cm long, but not very regular. Very good taste. The name allegedly comes from the fact that this variety had to withstand hail. These tomatoes were grown by Mr. Guy Bourgeois, a market gardener in Ste-Dorothée (Laval) in the 1950s and 1960s to be sold at the Bonsecours market, an old public market in the Old Montreal. A big thank you to his daughter Suzanne for sharing the seeds. We received them from René Paquet who got them from Antoine D’Avignon, a heirloom seed saving pioneer in Quebec.
Package: Around 35 seeds
Picture: Philippe Panassié
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Latin name : Solanum lycopersicum ‘Ice Grow’
Family : Solanaceae
Size: 1.2 m in height, 0.45 m (if staked) to 0.60 m (growing freely) in width
Cultivation : Sow indoors from mid-March until early April at a depth of 5 mm. Should take 7 to 10 days to germinate.
Gradually harden off your seedlings to outdoor conditions about 10 days before transplanting by taking them outside during daytime. When transplanting, lay the plant down and slightly curve it up so that the leafy part sticks out and up; new roots will grow from the buried stem.
Can be transplanted outside after the last frost. Water abundantly after transplanting.
Should yield fruits after 70 days.
Soil: Well-drained, rich
Exposure: Full sun
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Package: 30 seeds
Plant approximately 1 meter tall. Round fruits with a diameter of approximately 8 cm. Rare tomato variety. Firm flesh with an exquisite taste. All red tomatoes wish they were Plourde.
Grown since 1925 in Saint-Alexandre de Kamouraska, Quebec, by Aurélius Plourde and his family. Handed to Jeannot Pelletier and then to René Paquet. The latter cultivated and selected it before introducing it in Seeds of Diversity Catalog. According to the man who saved this Quebec heirloom : « The Plourde is an old beauty who forgot its own identity ».