Stupice

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Stupice
Maturity early
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type potato
Fruit color red
Fruit shape round
Fruit size small
Fruit type salad
Variety type heirloom
Country Czechoslovakia
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Stupice - ripe fruit. 2009-07-11.

B.C KO T

Compact indet., 4' plant, potato leaf, high yield of small red round fruits, 1-2 oz, very good flavor for such an early tomato, sweet and tangy. Very early. In the perfect spring/summer of 2009, I got the first ripe fruit on June 16 from the plants I started from seed on February 4 (132 days from seed, 50 days from transplant). In the less then ideal summers, I was getting first ripe fruits in early July, which is a month or month and a half ahead of other tomato varieties. Our favorite early tomato.

Seed source:

1. West Coast Seeds 04
2. Seed Savers Exchange 11
3. Snow Seed 12
4. Alan Goodacre, Courtenay, BC, Canada 13

Year grown: 2003(1), 2004(1), 2005(1), 2009(1), 2011*(3), 2014(4)

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


TX GU R

52 days, indet., potato leaf, superior taste and productivity, cold tolerant, personal favorite.

Seed source:

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

Year grown:

Location: Pasadena, Texas


B.C GI K

60 days, potato leaf indeterminate, approximately 3.5-4' in height. Very heavy yields, even in hot and humid weather. Small to medium sized fruit, about 4 oz in weight. Very good flavour, especially for such an early variety. No cracking or blossom end rot, very hardy tomato.

Seed source:

Meighan, Vancouver, BC, 2006 / My own saved seed.

Year grown: 2007, 2008, 2009

Location: Nelson, BC, Canada


CA CA N

The first fruit was harvested 55 days. The plants are potato leafed, make a lot of foliage and only grow to three to four feet. It gives small fruit that range from 2 to 3 ounces. It has one of the best flavors in the world, tangy and sweet; better than I expected for an early tomato. I did not get any deformed fruit besides a few that catfaced when it got over one hundred degrees. However, only a few blossoms dropped in those hot and humid days. One of the most hardy varieties I have ever seen, it survived the heat and survived until the first frost and made a few more fruit in fifty degree weather. I did three plants, one staked and pruned, one in a fifteen gallon pot with a cage that was only pruned a little bit and one that was allowed to sprawl with no cage. The staked one did not produce nearly as much as the other two, and I saw no difference in size, so let them make lots of leaves! They will reward you for it. I have heard that it comes from the former Czechoslovakia and was one of four varieties sent to the U.S. to be kept from the Soviets.

Seed source:

1. Bountiful Gardens Seeds, Willits, California 10
2. Nick Campbell of San Jose, California (CA CA N) 11

Year grown:

Location: San Jose, California



History

  • An heirloom tomato from Czechoslovakia. Bred by a famous Czech tomato breeder Jaroslav Homola (Selecta firm) in the 1940s, from a cross of Mikado x Sláva Porýni x Solanum racemigerum.
  • There are two varieties that were developed from the cross by Jaroslav Homola:
    • Stupické polní rané (early field Stupice) was named and released in 1955.
    • Stupické skleníkové (greenhouse Stupice), named and released in 1954. It is said to have fewer seed locules and it is more flattened globe.
  • The breeding efforts took place on a state-owned Stupice farm founded in 1921 (Stupice is a small village near Prague, Czechoslovakia). The farm was nationalized in 1948 (as all the firms in former Czechoslovakia), then privatized again after 1989, and the 'rights' to the tomato was given to firms Sempra Praha, Seva Seed and Moravoseed.
  • There are also two more variants (possibly later selections from the two original varieties?) - Stupické rané and Stupické rané skleníkové, but these did not receive recognition in Czechoslovakia and were not cultivated, so there are no seeds available.
  • First offered commercially in North America by Abundant Life Foundation (now Abundant Life Seeds ).
  • According to the founder of Abundant Life Seed Foundation Forest Shomer of Port Townsend, Milan Sodomka sent him some seeds in March 1976, which included Stupice. Please visit [1] to read the letter that Milan Sodomka sent to Forest Shomer.
  • It is not clear which one of these original Czech varieties was sent to Abundant Life Seed Foundation, and who and why changed the name to 'Stupice', as there was no mention of varieties names in Milan Sodomka letter to Forest Shomer.
  • By 1986, it was already listed in the Seed Savers Exchanged yearbook by nine SSE members, which tells a lot about its popularity back then, and it continues to be a very popular tomato in North America.
  • One of the 100 heirloom tomatoes noted in Carolyn J. Male's book "100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden".



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