Tomato 'Coeur de Boeuf'
A vigorous tomato with a strong vine, staking is essential for adequate development and optimal harvest. Popular throughout Europe, this tomato may also be known as 'Cuore di Bue' in Italy, as there is some conjecture as to its true origin. Nonetheless, this cooking tomato is popular around the world and is a staple in farmers markets throughout Europe.
Tomatoes are a warm season crop requiring temperatures of 15-29 degrees Celsius to grow and germinate successfully. Seed germinates best at 20-25 degrees Celsius, while the seedlings thrive from 15 degrees Celsius. Sow seed 6-8 weeks before you want to plant out your tomatoes. Sow in punnets or trays and maintain consistent moisture and temperature. Prick out and place in individual pots once true leaves appear and harden off at least one to two weeks before planting out. Plant tomato seedlings out when soil temperature reaches 15°C or more, and after risk of frost has passed. Plant in full sun and enrich the soil with compost and well-rotted manure. In pots, use a premium organic potting mix. Mulch and water regularly, especially during hot weather. Stake at planting and train to the stake as plants grow. Avoid overhead watering.