Cream of the Crop – Sparky XSL F1

$5.25$1,750.00

Early to mature, prolific and very flavorful, Sparky XSL is one of the few X-tended Shelf Life (XSL) cherry tomatoes available to home gardeners. This striped red cherry is heterozygous for the “rin” allele. This hybrid has extended shelf life, typical of rin hybrids, and exceptional flavor. Fruits are well suited for shipping to market and produce a large amount of usable fruits per plant. This is one of the few extended shelf life cherry tomatoes available to home gardeners. Excellent tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses. Average Brix score of 8.5. Round 1.25″ fruits. Indeterminate, 60-70 days from transplant. Regional All-American Selections Winner in 2018.

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Additional information

Seed Type

Conventional-Virus Tested

Latin Name:

Solanum lycopersicum

Germination:

7-14 days

Maturity:

60-70 days from transplant

Ripe Color

Red with gold striping

Fruit Size

Cherry (Small)

Growth Habit

Indeterminate

Support Needed

Cage, stake, or trellis

Exposure:

Full Sun

Planting Method

Transplanting recommended. Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost. Set out when all danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed.

Planting Depth:

1/4"

Spacing

Space plants 24" apart in rows 3-4 feet apart.

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A.P. Whaley Seed Company is committed to your satisfaction. We pride ourselves in offering only the highest quality seeds: those free of GMOs, noxious weeds and other invasive species, and produced by growers that are supportive of sustainable agricultural practices.  Limitation of Liability:  The sole remedy for loss or damages shall be limited to the purchase price of the seed.  Shipping charges are not refundable. Under no circumstances will A. P. Whaley LLC be liable for consequential damages.  All claims must be submitted to A. P. Whaley LLC in writing no more than 30 days from the date of purchase.

Wholesale Customers

For wholesale pricing and availability, please contact our office at (608) 437-9081.

Virus Testing

Our Virus Tested seeds are tested by independent labs accredited by the National Seed Health System.  As demand grows we will expand our Virus Tested offerings.  Lab certificates can be supplied upon request.

We are testing for the following viruses and bacteria that can cause devastating losses and rapidly spread in greenhouse and commercial production environments:

PEPPER  VIRUS/BACTERIA TESTS:

√ Bacterial Spot (Xcv)-10,000 seeds

√ Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV)-3,000 seeds

√ Tomato Mosaic Virus (ToMV)-3,000 seeds

√ Pepper Mild Mottled Mosaic Virus (PMMoV)-3,000 seeds

TOMATO VIRUS/BACTERIA TESTS:

√ Bacterial Spot (Xcv)-10,000 seeds

√ Bacterial Speck (Pst)-10,000 seeds

√ Bacterial Canker (Cmm)-10,000 seeds

√ Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV)-3,000 seeds

√ Tomato Mosaic Virus (ToMV)-3,000 seeds

√ Tomato Mottled Mosaic Virus (ToMMV)-3,000 seeds

√ Pepino Mosaic Virus (PepMV)-2,000 seeds

Cream of the Crop Tomatoes is a joint project between A.P. Whaley Seed Company and Frogsleap Farm. The goal is to develop new lines of tomatoes with superior fruit quality, X-tended Shelf Life (XSL), and multiple-disease resistance. Our Flavor First strategy assures that our products also have exceptional taste. We will be offering all sizes and colors, many with stripes and/or unusual combinations of skin and flesh coloration.

This traditional breeding program started a decade ago with about a dozen heirloom types and a few newer varieties with striped fruit. The first-generation breeding lines were crossed to select new commercial hybrids to improve plant health, fruit quality, shelf life and disease resistance. We are now using marker-assisted selection to facilitate introgression of multiple disease resistant genes into existing breeding lines that have exceptional flavor.

We feel these new tomatoes will be especially valuable to home gardeners, small/medium sized open field commercial producers targeting value-added markets, and small to large scale high tunnel/greenhouse producers.  We will strive to develop products ideally adapted for each of these markets. 

Most of the products released by Cream of the Crop Tomatoes will be F1 hybrids.  We will be able to stack multiple disease resistances, all the while selecting primarily for the best flavors, sizes and colors.

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