Tomato 'Costoluto Fiorentino'

Medium-sized, delicious, juicy Italian variety of tomato which grows and crops very reliably in Britain. More
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A medium-sized, delicious, juicy Italian variety of tomato, which grows and crops very reliably here.

Another favourite from our trials. It's more prolific and easier to grow than other larger fruited kinds. Really best under cover, or against a south facing wall.

Please note, illustrated packets are being introduced gradually over the coming months, availability may vary.

Genus Solanum
Group/Species lycopersicum
Variety Costoluto Fiorentino
Common Name Beefsteak Tomato
Border Position Kitchen Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 1.8m (6ft)
Spacing 45cm (18in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover February-March in warmth. Prick out/ pot on into small pots, allow the roots to fill that pot before planting out once frosts are over (or from late April in a greenhouse).
Care Tips Under cover or outside they need staking, regular watering and weekly feeding for best results. Water the soil, not the plant, tomato leaves and stems dislike getting wet. Pinch out the tops once they have set 5 or 6 trusses. You also need to pinch out any shoots that develop between the stem and main branches as they divert valuable energy from the developing fruits. Companion planting works well with tomatoes. Try basil underneath as a sacrificial planting – white fly is drawn to it rather than your tomatoes – or try garlic, nasturtiums or tagetes to repel aphids. Find more information on how to grow tomatoes from seed. Find more information on how to grow tomatoes from seed.
Storing Tomatoes can be kept at room temperature for 4-5 days (they will lose their flavour if kept in the fridge), and will freeze well.
Harvesting Cordons fruit over a long period. You should be picking tomatoes in July and continue harvesting from the cordons until October.
Cooking Notes Delicious eaten raw, roasted or cooked in Mediterranean dishes. Make tomato sauces for the winter. This is exceptional added to Sarah's De Kas tomato jam recipe.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Delivery

Plant Delivery - When in stock, please allow up to 3-4 weeks for despatch. For fruit & veg bare roots/crowns, please allow up to 2 weeks for despatch.

Seeds Delivery - When in stock, please allow 2-3 days for despatch.

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Tomato 'Costoluto Fiorentino' reviews

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Sally-Ann

Absolutely delicious. Interesting variety and easy to grow.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Sheila

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Julia

Great taste & grew easily

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Reviewed 7th March 2017 by Mieke Philips

These tomatoes were a big success last year. We had loads of them and they tasted delicious. I grew them in a little greenhouse which had its doors most of the summer wide open. Seemed to be enough protection for ripening and to keep blight at bay.