Alaska Seeds: Costoluto Genovese
Sweet and satisfying to the eye and the palate.
Start seeds indoor towards the end of March and set outside the first or second week of June in the far North. Make sure to “pot up” frequently to avoid leggy plants.
Sow seeds 1/4″ deep and use a heat mat to speed germination.
Minimum 10 seeds per packet
Growing tomatoes in Alaska requires special attention due to the state’s unique climate conditions. Alaska’s short growing season and cool temperatures demand early preparation and careful selection of tomato varieties.
Start by choosing cold-hardy tomato varieties -which are well-suited for Alaska’s climate. Sow seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost, using a seed-starting mix. Provide them with ample light, either by placing them near a sunny window or using grow lights, and keep the soil warm and moist.
As the last frost date approaches, begin hardening off your tomato seedlings by gradually exposing them to outdoor conditions. This process helps them acclimate to Alaska’s cool climate.
Choose a planting location that receives at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily. Alaskan summers have long daylight hours, so make the most of this by selecting a sun-rich spot. Use raised beds or containers with well-draining soil, enriched with compost or organic fertilizer.
Protect your plants from cold snaps by using cloches or row covers. Regularly check for signs of pests or diseases and remove affected foliage immediately.
Harvest your tomatoes when they’re ripe and vibrant. In Alaska, the fruits may ripen later than in warmer climates, so patience is key. Enjoy the fruits of your labor in delicious recipes or fresh from the vine!