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Stupice Tomato
'Stupice' tomatoes.
Stupice Tomato
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Stupice Certified Naturally Grown Seed

50 days, indeterminate — Pronounced "stu-pitza," the potato-leaf, four foot tall plants are loaded with 2˝ inch by two-inch diameter fruits that are borne in clusters. Extremely early, great flavor. Heavy yields all season long and produces very well in northern climates.

Forest Shomer, founder of the Abundant Life Seed Foundation (ALSF), received this variety from Czechoslovakian tomato breeder named Milan Sodomka in 1976. It seems that Mr. Sodomka read an article about the ALSF in a copy of Rodale's "Organic Gardening Magazine" and was inspired to reach out. And this was during the Cold War. He wrote:
"Prague, 24/3 1976

Dear Sir:

I am a permanent reader of 'The Organic Gardening and Farming' and the January issue I have read a very interesting article: 'Special seeds for special needs' and your successful undertaking. I beg to ask you for your catalog and some trial seeds esp. of your tomatoes, onions, lettuce, Marigold and Verbena for now. In the contrary I am enclosing four varieties of our Czechoslovak tomatoes and two East German bush varieties which proved here very well. And one Bulgarian variety too.

I am 70 and in spite of this I am most happy when I can try something new in my garden. Please to write me if you have some wish I could accomplish. I thank you in advance!

Very sincerely yours,

Milan Sodomka
"[1]
Abundant Life Seed Foundation commercially introduced here in the United States in 1977[2] and it has proven itself to be an exceptional and popular variety ever since.
Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.

Informational References:
  1. "Good Enough To Eat: Kind words from the originator of the Czech Stupice tomato," by Chris Smith, Special to the Post-Intelligencer, November 9, 2005.
  2. "2002 Seed and Book Catalog," Abundant Life Seed Foundation.
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Workhorse Tomato
I've grown this several times. Along with Glacier, it usually provides my first tomatoes of the season and continues to set fruit through heat when others just drop their blossoms. Fairly small tomato, but it has good flavor.
Reviewed by: Debra Leschke from Tulsa OK. on 9/19/2017
Lots of tasty tomatoes
In 2014 I grew these in full shade. They still produced ripe tomatoes! They were small, bland, and mealy. But, tomatoes! In full shade in zone 6! (I don't mean just "on a north-facing balcony," either. I mean "at the bottom of a hill and shaded by trees.")

In 2015 I put them in a part shade area near where Old Brooks had failed to produce the previous year. Despite the no-real-rotation and the part shade, these guys produced loads of very tasty tomatoes a bit smaller than a tennis ball or about the size of an egg.

I grew these along with Legend and Old Brooks. All three are supposed to be resistant to early and late blight...but all three got early blight. These got it last and seemed not much affected (again despite the part shade). I would definitely call these tolerant to early blight. And they did not get late blight either. They survived and produced right up till frost.

Tasty tomatoes in part shade...these guys are great. (Oh, and they're early, too. ;))
Reviewed by: Alison Dvorak from zone 6b. on 12/29/2015
LOVE this little guy!
I started growing Stupice tomatoes in the early 1990s and every year I garden it is the one tomato I will plant without fail. Why? Because no matter what, Stupice does not fail me! The first year I planted it, I picked thirty-odd ripe tomatoes off of one plant in a single day. It doesn't care what the weather's like (as long as it's above freezing) it will bloom its little head off and set fruit on every blossom. This past summer we were hit with unusually high temperatures (one week of 110F, followed by consistent 98-105F until this week) and although several of my hot-weather tomato varieties have either not produced or at best struggled to set a crop, Stupice is one that performs consistently (it's also way earlier than any "early" tomato I've grown--normally have ripe tomatoes within 40-45 days). Its sweet flavor also makes it great for snacking, in salads, adding to sauces, or my favorite use yet: no sugar added catsup and BBQ sauces. <3
Reviewed by: Regina Coffelt from Idaho Desert. on 9/3/2013
I'll definitely be doing more of these next year!
This is my first year successfully starting these from seed. By July 11, I had a ripe tomato on one of my Stupice plants. I don't usually get ripe tomatoes till the end of the first week of August, sometimes later, so I was very excited! I have a few more that look like they'll be ripe in a few days. I'll definitely be doing more of these next year!
Reviewed by: Bethany Brown from McMinnville, OR. on 7/13/2013
Easy to grow/great produce
I have grown these for several years now, they are a very EARLY tomato; the taste is good too. I put this plant outside with protection in late April one year and picked my 1st tomato on June 24, a personal best. This is a prolific tomato also.
Reviewed by: Leslie Wiberg from South-eastern Washington State. on 3/19/2013
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