Armenian heirloom tomatoes are bi-colored with orange flesh and red mottling or stripes at the base. The center flesh is also red tinted. They are a sweet and juicy variety that are 4 to 5 inches in diameter and grow on vigorous vines that reach over 5 feet in height. Armenian heirloom tomato seeds are said to have been collected by Charlotte Mullins in West Virginia.
Armenian heirloom tomatoes are known as an indeterminate type. They continue to grow throughout the season and need to be supported. They can be grown along a fence or wire supports. Indeterminate type heirloom tomatoes continue to set fruit until frost. The fruit comes to harvest at 90 days. Armenian heirloom tomatoes are a beefsteak type tomato with unusually strong flavor.
Armenian heirloom tomato plants thrive in a garden location with a minimum six to seven hours of sunlight per day. The more sunlight the healthier the tomato plants will be; 10 to 12 hours per day is the optimum growing condition. Armenian tomatoes, like all tomatoes, need a consistent watering schedule of one to two times per week. They thrive on deep irrigation that soaks the roots thoroughly.
Heirloom tomatoes thrive in soil that is rich in humus, which is organic content. Soil amended with compost is the best growing medium for Armenian tomatoes. Compost is rich in the microorganisms that feed tomato plants. Compost dug in to a depth of 14 inches creates good soil. Organic growing methods also help Armenian heirloom tomatoes resist disease and harmful insects.
Mulch and Fertilizer Needs
Tomatoes need a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to help prevent spread of fungus spores, and for good soil moisture retention. Armenian heirloom tomatoes are disease resistant, but still need basic care for fungus problems. Stir the mulch cover once a week to help prevent fungus spores from taking hold. Very hot weather stresses tomato plants. A 6- or 7-inch layer of mulch around the plants helps the roots to remain cool. Armenian heirloom tomatoes do well when fertilized every two weeks with a compost tea mixture or side dressing of organic fertilizer.
Disease and insect problem that can develop on Armenian heirloom tomatoes are aphids, flea beetles, hornworms, wilt diseases, and fungus infestations. Aphids and flea beetles respond to a garlic/pepper/dish soap foliar spray. Pick off hornworms each night or morning. Fungus is controlled by cleaning up plant debris and keeping water off the leaves. Anti-fungal sprays frequently used are baking soda or hydrogen peroxide.