Oxheart Pole Tomato Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This packet yields approximately 20 plants when started inside.
Availability: In Stock
What a name! 'Oxheart', also known as 'Cuore Di Bue' (Italian for ox heart) is so named because of its shape. It is also known as "pear of Liguria", after the northern Italian region where it has long been celebrated. This heirloom is dense with few seeds, cooks down to a robust, thick sauce, and really shines when roasted. It is also a star sliced fresh atop salad greens or paired with mozzarella and fresh basil leaves.
$2.29 25 seeds

Botanical Name: Solanum lycopersicum

Days to Maturity: 70–85 days from transplanting

Family: Solanaceae

Native: Andes

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: Vines up to 6' or longer

Variety Information: Orangey-red and uniquely shaped, weighing 6–12 ounces. 'Oxheart' is an indeterminate type tomato.

Type: Indeterminate, Slicer (Learn more)

When to Sow Outside: For mild climates only: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting. Transplant when air temperature is 45°F or warmer, usually 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–90°F.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24"–36"

Row Spacing: 36"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 24"–36"

Harvesting: 'Oxheart' tomatoes are at the peak of sun-ripened deliciousness when they have an orange-red hue, and a slight give when gently squeezed.

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Oxheart Pole Tomato Seeds Reviews

5 reviews
Best Tasting Tomato Ever!
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I have been growing tomatoes for 50 years and Cuor di Bue for only the last few years so I have a lot of great tomatoes to compare. Sometimes a dead ripe Big Beef is a 9 out of 10, but a dead ripe Cuor di Bue is a 10 out of 10. They are so meaty and heavy and rich in flavor, unlike any other. On the downside, they are more difficult than others to get started. I start my tomatoes under lights and on heat mats and they grow vigorously, except for Cuor di Bue. They usually look feeble and I sometimes discard the weakest of the weak. Even when it is time to set them in the garden, they look like they are failing to thrive, compared to all the other varieties I grow. But give them a month and they explode with growth. Funny about that. They turn out to be the most vigorous of all once they get growing. Of all the varieties I grow (Krim, Hawaiian Pineapple, Opalka, San Marzano, Big Beef) Cuor di Bue is one of the latest to produce ripe fruit but that's not a problem as long as disease doesn't come along. I spray with Daconil and have no problems but some people just can't stand the idea of spraying. Anyway, Cuor di Bue is probably my favorite all around tomato because it makes the best tomato sandwiches on earth and well as being one I can use for canning and making spaghetti sauce.
Barbara Arnoldini

So far, so good
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Last year I grew this tomato because a friend passed along a few plants. I started the seeds first week of February 2020. I set them in a South facing window. By mid March, they were ready to be placed in 4" containers. A week after that, I set them outside in the temporary green house that I have. I put some very dilute fertilizer on the plants about a week after I set them outside. They look fantastic. I thought they would look a bit leggy but they look very robust and healthy. I'm hoping I'll have the excellent harvest I had last year. But now, I can be proud that I started it from seed on my own!
Georgianne Messina

Best tomato on earth
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I have grown many tomatoes in the last 50 years and have my favorites, like Big Beef, Monserrat, Hawaiian Pineapple, and Black Krim, but each of the last few years I have given over more space to Cuore di Bue because it is, without a doubt, the most luscious tasting tomato I have ever grown. The fruit is heavy for its size, dense with few seeds. Versatile for eating in a tomato sandwich, making a quick fresh pasta sauce, and for canning because of density and lack of many seeds. Oddly though, it starts out looking spindly and less than vigorous as a young plant. While others in the same conditions are more stout, Cuore di Bue looks almost feeble. But, when it gets planted in the ground it takes off and becomes enormous and full. So, if you grow it from seed and think it looks puny, don't give up on it. It is just the way it is. It will reward you with large amount of the best tomatoes you ever ate.
Barbara Arnoldini

Cuore di Bue Tomato
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I am glad I tried this new to me tomato. It has grown well, shown very few problems, and has produced quite a few tomatoes. They work well in salads, soups, and cooking. I would recommend giving this a try.

Great tomato
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I really liked this tomato! It took a little while for the plant to get up to speed, but once it got tall, it produced some delicious fruit. There were some which suffered from sunburn, but perhaps not any more than other varieties. An interesting heart shaped fruit with a pointed end.
Tim Bishop

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