A centuries-old variety, the "Saint Pierre" tomato is one of the tomatoes rich in taste just like the 'Cœur de bœuf'.
Visually close to the grappe tomato, its flesh is firm and flavorful.
Origins and characteristics
The 'Saint Pierre' tomato is a traditional french tomato cultivated since the end of the 19th century. This variety is at undetermined port, that is, it never stops pushing; it must therefore be guarded.
Vigorous, it is also one of the most productive.
Its fruits are round, large, fleshy and have smooth skin. They are grouped on the foot in bunches of 4 or 5.
Planting the tomato 'Saint Pierre'
The sowing prepare from the month ofApril protect from possible late frosts. About the planting, it is done a little later, at the mid-May.
For successful sowing:
- the day before, soak the seeds;
- the next day, sow the seeds in a mixture of sand and potting soil;
- when two leaves appear, select the most vigorous plants and transplant them into pots.
- Read also: how to sow a tomato
Plantation of Saint Pierre:
Once you have got some nice plants (or bought them from a garden center), planting is very easy.
Simply dig a hole about twenty centimeters deep and there install the foot slightly at an angle.
Then, bury the base of the stem to the first leaves. This buried part will create additional roots providing more vigor to the plant.
Do a first watering abundant, avoiding wetting the foliage and stake.
Cultivation and maintenance
The 'Saint Pierre' tomatoes are fairly easy to maintain. We must especially watch thewatering :
- never on the leaves;
- without excess, just enough so that the feet do not lack water.
To maintain soil moisture, do not hesitate to use mulching.
When the first fruits appear, you can facilitate the ripening of these by removing some leaves from the plant. However, don't take too much out of it, or the foot will waste away.
- The Saint Pierre tomato deserves to be guarded.
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Diseases and pests
Like almost all tomatoes, 'Saint Pierre' can be prone to late blight.
Insects are not left out. Whiteflies (also called white flies) as well as moth caterpillars can cause damage to the feet.
Harvest and conservation
When ripe, 'Saint Pierre' tomatoes are harvested from mid-July until mid-October.
The ideal is to pick as you go. Thus, they will not lose either flavor or nutritional benefits.
However, if you happen to harvest too much, know that they can be stored. about 5 days in the refrigerator.
Saint Pierre in the kitchen
The 'Saint Pierre' tomato can be eaten raw in salad or cooked in sauces, soups or stuffed tomatoes.
For further :
- Stake tomatoes
- Everything about growing tomatoes
- Suggested tomato-based recipes
- Tomatoes in pots: how to grow them?