Amish Paste Tomato is an indeterminate, open-pollinated variety that was originally obtained from the Amish community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This variety produces Roma-type tomatoes that are generally oblong, but can vary in shape from one fruit to the next. Fruits have a characteristic, red tomato color and will weigh around 8-12 ounces on average. Amish Paste Tomato is the perfect variety for all types of canning and preserving applications. They have a solid tomato flavor, but are not quite as acidic as traditional heirloom varieties. Use Amish Paste for making salsa, tomato paste and canning tomato sauces.
Tomatoes are in the nightshade family along with peppers and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Tomatoes do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. They grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date. If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting tomatoes, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Tomatoes can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. We recommend using the heavy-duty tomato cages or the Florida Weave trellising technique that involves using stakes and twine along the row. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.
Amish Paste Tomato Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 2′
Row Spacing: 3-4′
Days to Maturity: 70
Disease Tolerance: None