The J.L. Hudson Seedsman catalog is a quirky one, but in the most wonderful way. No pictures, fascinating seeds and a little attitude too. Every year I discover a multitude of amazing varieties from the people at J.L. Hudson.
Even though I promised myself to only grow the seeds I have on hand this year, I've been captivated by 'House' tomato seeds. "The most unusual tomato we have grown," says the catalog. The plant produces small red cherry tomatoes on compact plants. The fruit is ready early and is the perfect choice for container growing or short season growing.
The plant was introduced to the company from Curtis Androsoff, who says of the variety,"the 'House' tomato are heritage seed. I have two plants that are 12 years old, producing good fruit." Every year he cuts them down so they put on new growth. He adds that if you leave them, some plants grow too high in the house over the winter. "New growth produces more fruit,' he says.
The first seeds came to Canada in 1893 with his grandmother from Tbilisi Russia on an old sail ship. His family settled in Saskatchewan.
The plants are high-yielding and are grown outdoors in summer, and brought in by a sunny window in winter. Here they formed dwarf compact plants less than a foot tall grown outdoors, with thick, succulent, blue green leaves.
Even though I vowed not to order seeds this year, I HAD to try the 'House' tomato. It will be so fun to take care of the plant next winter. Just brushing the foliage will release the amazing fragrance of summer.
Seed packets contain 50 seeds and can be ordered online for only $3 plus shipping and handling.
Of course if you order one packet, you'll have to order a few other things too, right? I know I did!
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