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.

Genus Lycopersicon lycopersicum
Group/Species Semi-determinate Beefsteak Tomato
Variety Costoluto Fiorentino
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Beefsteak Tomato
Soil Type Fertile
Site Full Sun, Shelter
Moisture Well-drained
Height 1.5m (5ft)
Spacing Leave 60-90cm (24-36in) between each plant. Plant them deep, sinking them to a depth of 0.5cm below the seed leaves.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover at end of Jan-March for planting out in April/May. Transplant seedlings into 9cm (3.5in) pots and grow on in a glasshouse (or a well-lit windowsill), once roots have filled these, transplant into 2 litre pots to grow on. When the first flowers begin to show their yellow colouring plants should be ready to plant into their final positions. For unheated greenhouses, final planting can take place in mid-spring. For growing outside, gradually acclimatise plants to outdoor conditions before planting out in early summer. When planting into ground, add plenty of compost or well-rotted manure prior to planting and create a shallow circular reservoir around the plant to help retain water or use Ring Culture Pots. Leave 60-90cm (24-36in) between each plant and plant them deep, sinking them to a depth of 0.5cm below the seed leaves. For containers, use a large pot (minimum 5 litres) and fill with a good quality, peat-free compost. For Grow Bags, allow two plants per bag.
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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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.