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LOSETTO TOMATO VARIETY
Losetto stands out from the vast majority of tomato varieties because it is claimed to have resistance to late tomato blight. From comments and reports over the last few years it does seem to be the truth. No tomato plant is totally resistant to blight but so far Losetto seems to very near to that. See also Crimson Crush which has the best blight resistance of all.
This variety is low maintenance because it requires only very minimal pruning.
BUSH OR CORDON?
Losetto is a bush type (determinate) of tomato which was introduced to the market by T & M in 2011. Basically it can be left to its own devices to grow with only minimal pruning to encourage airflow into the middle of the plant.
APPEARANCE AND TASTE OF LOSETTO TOMATOES
The cherry tomatoes are one-bite-sized at about 14g / half an ounce each. Unusually for bush type tomato the cropping period is long and can easily span two months or more. This is a mid-season variety. The Brix rating (sweetness) for this variety is 7 which is similar to that of the ever popular Gardeners Delight. Sweetness and acidity are well balanced.
The plants are very small growing to a typical height of 45cm / 18in. They are best grown in a hanging basket or container although they can be planted in open ground on a bed of straw to keep the fruits clear of the ground.
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SUMMARY CHARACTERISTICS OFLOSETTO
F1 OR OPEN POLLINATED?: F1 and will not come true to type from seeds. However, seeds collected in the first year (known as F2) may well produce a very similar plant and tomato. If you want a similar open-pollinated tomato plant where the seeds can be saved try Tiny Tim.
GROWTH TYPE: Bush type, needs only minimal pruning to keep the centre of the plant open. This is a mid season maturing variety which takes 75 days from transplant to fruit maturity. It produces a compact tomato plant which grows to about 45cm / 18in high.
WHERE TO GROW: Outdoors or a cool greenhouse.
USE: Salads and by itself
SKIN COLOUR / TEXTURE: Red and thin
FLESH COLOUR: Orange / red
TASTE AND TEXTURE: Good mixture of sweetness and acidity, flesh has lots of juice.
STORAGE: Stores well and can be ripened on the windowsill well.
TOMATO SIZE: Typical cherry tomato size, weighing about 14g per fruit.
REGULARITY OF CROPPING: Regularly produces a good yield
SPECIAL FEATURES: Good resistance to blight. Long cropping time for a bush type tomato.
WHEN TO SOW LOSETTO TOMATO SEED
The key dates for sowing and planting out Losetto tomato seeds are given below. The dates displayed below are correct for the UK average. If you want them to be even more accurate and adjusted for your area of the UK click here. It only takes a minute and the adjustment affects every date in this site and lasts for six months.
Sow seeds in pots indoors
First week of March
Pot up young plants
First week of April
Harden off young plants
First week of May
Plant out young plants
Third week of May
WHEN TO HARVEST LOSETTO TOMATOES
This variety is a bush type tomato and if they are pruned in that way you can expect to be picking your first Losetto tomatoes in the last week of July
BUYING LOSETTO SEED / PLANTS IN THE UK
Seeds for this variety are widely available online and many garden centres also sell them.
The cheapest reliable seeds for Losetto we could find this year was from Simply Seeds at only £2.49 for 10 seeds.
Currently we can find no garden centres selling this variety as plants although this is sure to change in the next few years.
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Other varieties which may also be of interest include:
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