Sauce/Paste Tomatoes

Cuore Di Bue Tomato

Cuore Di Bue Tomato


85 days. This curious and striking tomato is guaranteed to turn heads as well as satisfy appetites. Its name is simply Italian for oxheart, although this selection (Riviera) is an exotic twist on the oxheart tomato type. These big tomatoes have a bottom-heavy shape reminiscent of a pouch with a gathered top. They measure 3 1/2 inches wide and 4 inches long and weigh in just under 1/2 pound each. Cuore di Bue is one of the tastiest saucing types with dense flesh and lustrous, orangey-red skin. Indeterminate.
Also available as a conventional or grafted plant.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 35-40 seeds per 1/8 gram.
  • TM965/S
  • 1/8 gram
  • $3.65

  • TM965/P
  • 250 seeds
  • $8.75

  • TM965/B
  • 1000 seeds
  • $21.95
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthSoil Temp. for Trans.Plant SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per 1/8 gramFertilizer Needs
70-90°F6-141/4"55°FSee below3-4'80%3 years≈ 35-40High

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Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplant.

Determinate tomatoes: grow compactly, sprawling laterally, usually do not require staking, and fruit ripens over a short period of time
Indeterminate tomatoes: grow on long vines, generally require pruning to 1 or 2 leaders that need to be trellised
• Fertile, well drained, raised beds covered with plastic mulch promote early growth and better yields
• Tomatoes are high feeders and will benefit from regular fertilization with Age Old Bloom
• To prevent blossom end rot use a high calcuim amendment
• Overwatering can cause fruit to crack

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended

• Sow seeds in trays 6-8 weeks before anticipated transplant date; up-pot into 3-4 inch pots when the first set of true leaves appears
• Strong light and cooler temperatures (60-70°F) prevent plants from getting leggy
• Fertilize with Age Old Grow every 10-14 days
• When transplanting work in compost, 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer, and handful of bone meal
• Determinates can be spaced 18-24 inches apart, indeterminates 24-36 inches apart
• Tomatoes can be buried up to the top 2 sets of leaves
• Use Kozy-Coats or Victorian Bell Cloches to protect young plants

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Flea beetles and tomato hornworms
Insect control: Pyrethrin or row cover for flea beetles, and Monterey B.t. for tomato hornworms
Common diseases: Early and late blight
Disease prevention: A strict 3-4 year rotation, remove vines at the end of the year, fungicide

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when fully ripe, do not refrigerate for best flavor
• Green fruit should be ripened in a cool, dark area; make sure fruit are not touching

HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
AB | Early (Alternaria) Blight
B | Bacterial Wilt
F* | Fusarium Wilt
FOR | Fusarium Crown and Root Rot
L | Gray Leaf Spot
LB | Late Blight
LM | Leaf Mold
N | Roundworm | Nematode
PL | Corky Root Rot
PM | Powdery Mildew
PST | Bacterial Speck
RK | Root-Knot
TMV | Tobacco Mosaic Virus
ToMV* | Tomato Mosaic Virus
TSWV | Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
TYLCV | Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus
V | Verticillium Wilt
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.
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So so, but glad we tried.
Sep 13, 2016  |  By Jain Daugh
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We do like to can tomatoes and like 'heavier' tomatoes for that. The taste of this tomato is very good and we ended up using it more for fresh (sandwich) slices than canning! The bushes didn't produce heavily and required too much space for the amount produced. In balance, it was a fun trial, but not one that we would grow again. The poorer results that we got may very well be due to our conditions (soil, climate etc.) so I wouldn't want to discourage anyone from giving this a try.
Not good in Florida
Dec 2, 2015  |  By Linda
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It performed poorly in South Florida. Don't waste your time on oxheart tomatoes in South Florida. It needs cooler climates and cracks a lot in heat.
sweet sauce
Dec 26, 2013  |  By Russell
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I tried these on a trial bases in 2013 for my homemade spaghetti sauce hands down was the best sauce yet the tomatoes were the sweetest ever plan on planting double the amount this year I recommend them to any one who likes sweet tomatoes
Sep 6, 2013  |  By Mary Teesdale
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Our results were the opposite of the promised taste. They are very watery and have no flavor. Based on your catalog review, was very excited to try them and gave starts to many friends. We all agree it was a waste of space.
Aug 16, 2013  |  By Sylvester017
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Was given a seedling to try and really wasn't expecting much, but my flower pot patio seedling turned into a nice potted production plant. My tomatoes are coming out large, however are producing regular oxheart shaped fruit with tops larger rather than bottoms larger. Worth having for its prolific yield in a pot environment.