Tomato, Jubilee

  Jubilee Tomato

Heirloom. Organic. Indeterminate.  When other tomato plants are just about pooped out, Jubilee is just winding up her gears. Very reliable late season producer of delicious and juicy, large orange/yellow tomatoes. Many yellow tomatoes seem to be short on flavor, but not Jubilee. It is packed with sweet goodness. It is a cosmetically perfect, round tomato, not prone to concentric cracking or weird shapes. Golden yellow fruits that just shine in the garden. Jubilee produces high yields of low acid fruits excellent for fresh eating, juice, salads or canning.  Make excellent salsa!!  "Delicious taste and solid, smooth substance." 1891 John Childs Seed Co. catalog listed as "Child's Golden Jubilee" says... "(new 1889) the seed was first sent us by a customer in Australia, who says that it came up by chance in a corner of his garden, and proved to be the wonder of the town. He sent us all the seed from one fruit which he says weighed over two pounds and was as smooth as an apple, and as handsome as a ball of gold. Thus it has proved – the enormous fruits weighing upwards of two pounds are of the deepest and richest golden color, and are borne very abundantly. In shape they are mostly round and more solid and contain less seeds than any other sort we know, notwithstanding its enormous size. Its quality is the richest and best; the only yellow sort we know, of as good quality as the best red ones. Sliced with red ones for table use they make a beautiful dish. The skin will peel from them as readily as though they were scalded, a feature not found in other tomatoes, and one which will be greatly appreciated by cooks."

Planting Jubilee Tomatoes While starting seeds of the Jubilee Tomato is not necessarily difficult, the right conditions will make the process successful.  Some gardeners sow Jubilee Tomato Seeds directly in the ground in the spring when the threat of frost has passed or start in containers one to two to four weeks before transplanting into soil. Keep the ground moist but not wet for the first couple of weeks. Pick a sunny, well-drained spot for planting for the best performance. Prefers a well-drained fertile soil in a sunny position.  Heirloom / Open Pollinated Jubilee Tomatoes are hot weather loving plants that prefer well drained loose soil and an even amount of water. Plant heirloom Jubilee Tomatoes in rows or hills but make sure the soil is well warmed. In cooler climates, you can start Jubilee Tomato seeds indoors 2-4 wks. before last frost to extend the growing season. Plant seeds 1/4" deep. Plant seeds or set out Jubilee Tomato transplants in full sun. For rows plant 24-36" apart, in rows 24’' apart. Germination should occur in 10-15 days in soil 70-85°F. 

Height: 8-10’ (Indeterminate vine)   Spacing: 24-36" inches, 24 inches between plants Depth: 1/4  inch Germination: 10-15 days

Starting from Seed Indoors

Generally, the time to start your seeds is about 2-4 weeks before the last expected spring frost date in your area, planting the seedlings outdoors about 2 weeks after that date. Another way to figure is to plan on setting out sturdy seedlings in the garden when night temperatures stay in the mid-50 degree range both day and night. Count back and sow seeds 2-4 weeks before that date normally arrives. Place a few seeds (5 to 10) into each pot and push them into the soil with your finger. Cover the seeds to a depth of approximately 1/2 inches of the potting mix. Mist each  pot with water until the soil appears moist. Place the pots in an area which will provide both light (which is required for germination) and heat, preferably about 65 to 70 degrees F and at least 8 hours of light each day. Check on the seeds every day and keep the seeds damp but not drenched by misting with your plant mister. You should see sprouting in about 5 to 10 days. Once your seedlings have reached about 1 to 2 inches in height, choose an area in your garden to transfer them. You can also use containers like barrels or clay pots. Dig holes twice the width and depth of each of your pots. Fill up each hole with water then let it drain off. Place a pot in the hole center and level so that your seedling is at the same level as the surrounding soil. Push dirt in carefully all the way to fill the hole back up. Water each seedling carefully so as not to soak the leaves or stem.

Direct-seeding into the Garden

Turn over the area you've selected to a depth of approximately 1/2 inches. Rake the area until it's level and smooth. Water the area until the soil is damp but not saturated. Scatter the seeds in the area. Gently rake the area to distribute the seeds further and protect them from birds. Or, press the seeds into the soil and cover with no more than 1/4 inches of soil. You can also place 2 to 3 seeds every 24 to 36 inches in rows approximately 24 inches apart, and cover seeds with 1/4 inches of soil. Place planting stakes around the area so you will know where to water. Check on your seeds about once a day. Make sure to mist the soil whenever it appears dry. Germination for the Jubilee Tomato is approximately 10 to 15 days, depending on the warmth of the soil.   

Germination Problems

Growing plants from seeds successfully depends on a lot of factors and this makes it impossible to guarantee success on every batch of seeds planted.  Factors include, soil composition, PH, temperature, moisture levels, seed depth, soil density, seed viability, seed storage and many others.  We tested the germination of all our seeds and this seed variety is around 80%, but your results may vary based on exactly how you plant and all the environmental factors.  Good luck.

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