Solanum lycopersicum ‘Keith’s Ailsa Gold Leaf’ (Tomato) [12 Seeds]


Germination Information: Sow 1/8 to ¼ inch deep in moist growing mix indoors in early to mid spring, under lights or on a warm, bright windowsill. As I mentioned in the description of this variety, the seedlings will vary in color. Figure that about a third of the seedlings will be a very bright yellow (you can try keeping them, but mine always died before producing true leaves); about a third of the seedlings will be plain green (give these away or discard them); and about a third of the seedlings will have greenish yellow seed leaves (these are the ones you definitely want to keep). Transplant to your garden once the chance of frost has passed.

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Many of my most precious plants came to me from generous fellow gardeners, and that’s the case with this beauty. I received it last winter from a customer who had been growing the classic heirloom tomato ‘Ailsa Craig’ and found some gold-leaved seedlings among the usual green ones. (Thanks ever so much for spotting this gem, Keith!) He’s been saving seeds from the colorful plants for a number of years and shared some with me. When I sprouted them, a couple were bright yellow, a couple were greenish yellow, and a couple were solid green. Normally, I’d keep only the brightest seedlings, but luckily, I kept the greenish yellow ones too, as the brightest ones died soon after I potted them on. The greenish yellow ones turned a bright, clear yellow in the garden and kept that color through the growing season, not scorching here even in all-day sun. Trusses of rounded, red, flavorful fruits started ripening in mid July and continued into October. The whole plant was a knockout in the garden and so productive—definitely not just a novelty. If you appreciate plants that are both ornamental and edible, I think you’ll enjoy ‘Keith’s Ailsa Gold Leaf’ as much as I do! I imagine it could be very interesting to use in breeding new varieties, too.

Collected in August 2023. At least 12 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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