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Tomato - Jeff Davis Tomato

Tomato - Jeff Davis Tomato

HEIRLOOM - Seed for Jeff Davis came to us via a trade with Earl Bassett at the Pikeville, KY seed swap that happens every spring. Good, old-timey tomato flavor graces every pink fruit. Beefsteaks average about 12 oz. and are sweet and mild Eat them quick! They don’t keep well, but they’re so good, we don’t think that will be a problem. Potato leaved. Mr. Bassett has an incredible selection of tomato and pepper seed on his website, when you're done with your order here, go send him some love! 

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Average Seed / oz Seed / 100' Row Average Yield / 100' Row Days to Harvest
9000 1/2 gr 150 lbs 85
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
After Last Frost 70-90°F Full Sun Frost Sensitive
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
Transplant 1/4" NA 60
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
18-24" 6-14 Annual 4-7 years

Site Selection

Tomatoes are frost-sensitive annuals that require at least 8 hours of direct sun daily. Plant in soil that is fertile, well-drained, and high in organic matter.


Sow tomato seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date. Plant seed 1/4" deep in 3-4" pots. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 70-90°F. Seeds will sprout in 6-14 days. Transplant outdoors once the danger of frost has passed and temperatures have warmed. Plant 18-24" apart in rows 3' apart. When planting, sink plants 12-18" deep, right up to the base of the first leaves. This will promote good root development. Most indeterminate varieties require caging, staking or trellising. Determinate varieties may form upright bushy plants that do not require staking. Provide consistent moisture for the best yields.

To reduce the risk of disease, good pruning and watering practices are important. Prune mature plants to promote good air circulation. Also, water only the roots and soil, not the plant leaves. Mulching also helps reduce disease and maintain consistent soil moisture.


Time to maturity (harvest) for tomatoes differs greatly, depending on the variety (60-85 days). Determinate varieties mature earlier and all fruits mature at once. Indeterminate varieties require more time to maturity and will produce fruits all season.

Seed Saving

Perfect, self-fertile flowers are individual or in clusters of 2-20 flowers, depending on the variety. Being self-fertile, only one plant is needed for seed production, but there is a possibility of cross-pollination, so obey isolation distances or bag flowers for protection. Allow fruits to ripen beyond eating stage on the vine before harvesting for seed production. Cut the tomato in half and squeeze the jelly and seed goo into a jar. Add an equal amount of water to the goo. Loosely cover the container and place in a warm location for about 3 days. Stir or swirl once a day. A layer of fungus will begin to appear on the top of the mixture after a couple of days. This fungus not only eats the gelatinous coat that surrounds each seed and prevents germination, it also produces antibiotics that help to control seed-borne diseases like bacterial spot, canker, and speck. After 3 days are up, put a few more inches of water in your jar with your fermented goo, and allow the contents to settle. Once settled you can slowly pour off the water along with the tomato pulp and immature seeds, which will float. Viable seeds are heavy and will sink to the bottom. At this point you can pour all of your seeds and water into a colander to finish cleaning. Tap seeds out onto a fine mesh screen, paper towels, or a few layers of newspaper and allow to dry for a few days before storing.