The Sparky XSL Tomato is an indeterminate hybrid variety that was a 2019 AAS Winner that stood out to judges for its exceptional flavor, unique color, and vigor. This beautiful cherry tomato has been bred specifically to have an extended shelf life (XSL) compared to other cherry tomato varieties and is among the very few extended-life cherry tomatoes to be offered to home gardeners. The Sparky is early to mature, prolific, and very flavorful. The light red striped fruits average 1 oz. and are 1.5″ in diameter, and have the perfect burst of sweetness when enjoyed fresh. This lovely cherry tomato has excellent tolerance to harsh growing conditions and heat. Solanum Lycopersicum. 70 Days to Maturity.
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. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.
Sparky XSL 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 Resistance: Excellent tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses