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Height: 48 - 72" (1.22-1.83 m)
Plant Spacing: 18 - 36" (0.46-0.91 m)
Row Spacing: 36 - 48" (0.91-1.22 m)
Days to Maturity: 55 - 68
Growing Habit: Indeterminate
Sun: Full Sun
Genetic Type: Heirloom
Variety Type: Paste/Canning, Saladette/Pear, Slicers
Disease Resistance: N/A
Salads, sandwiches, juices, sliced, dried, canned or eaten fresh
Information for Stupice
Stupice, pronounced as "Stu-PEECH-ka", is among those tomato varieties bred in former Czechoslovakia and sent to the United States by Milan Sodomka, the originator of the variety. It is considered among the earliest type of tomatoes that exhibit excellent flavor.
It grows from a very large, compact, regular leaf plant that easily reaches six feet (1.8 m) when nurtured well in suitable conditions. The leaves are less jagged and irregular than most tomato leaves. Stupice also gives the indication of an old type of tomato, and is liable to undergo cross pollination compared to most varieties.
These plants have to be set apart from other tomato varieties if the seeds are to be saved. Stupice is an heirloom, open-pollinated variety that can be kept or handed down to the next generation.
The plant produces fruits from transplant in a minimum of 55 days, making it an early tomato. It can fully mature in about 68 days so tomato farmers usually opt for this due to its early produce.
An indeterminate type of tomato, Stupice will keep growing and pumping out fruits especially if the climate is favorable. It is a cold-tolerant variety and a heavy producer commonly grown in locations with short summers. Its seeds are commercially available through seed catalogs and its fresh fruits can be found in most farmers markets.
Stupice tomato plants carry two-inch (50 mm) fruits in clusters. The medium-sized fruits are standard shaped and red in color, making them ideal for juicing, fresh salads and canning. In fact, people who have tasted Stupice give it a high score for its taste particularly when consumed in its plump ripest.
Stupice has a classic tomato aroma and flavor with a bit of mildness to it. For those who are not a fan of eating fresh tomatoes, the Stupice size is perfect in presenting moderate sweetness and succulence in their salads and sandwiches.
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