Cultivar Name: Tomato Kimchi
Seedling Number: KMOPUTSE3
Bloom Diameter: 6”
Scape Height: 30”
Bud Count: 15
Bloom Season: LATE
Color/Description: China red to raspberry red above glowing golden throat.
Bloom Habit: Diurnal
Pod Parent: Korean Mother Of Purple
Pollen Parent: SDLG (Sherry Lane Carr x Substantial Evidence)
Year Bred: 2015
Rust Resistance: A+/1 year
Fertile: Both ways
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Comments: Tomato Kimchi has an intensely colored flower that ranges from a deep China-red, much like a ripe tomato, to a deeper raspberry-red, often fading during the day to have much more distinctly raspberry petal edges. The flower derives from my Korean Mother Of Purple, the pod parent, a first generation seedling from the Korean form of H. fulva combined with the purple-colored tetraploid Papa Smurf. The pollen parent is a great seedling I worked with in my program that is also the pollen parent of my introductions Explosion Of Substance and Elizabethan Lace Collar, and is one of the grandparents of my introduction Substance Upon Substance (which has Explosion of Substance as a parent).
Tomato Kimchi shows good traits from both parents. The color is rich and is the first red I have introduced out of this family line, and it is a very good red too. The substance is very thick and the shape is attractive, open and flat with nice ruffling. The plant has been consistently hardy, and it flowers late enough to avoid problems with late spring freezes. Flowering in the late season, it adds a burst of intense color to the garden at a time when many others have finished flowering. Very rust resistant the one year it was tested, it is fertile and vigorous. It throws nice, flat, ruffled flowers to many of its seedlings, and some are late flowering. It is a wonderful garden flower and has much breeding potential for big, flat flowers on vigorous and hardy late-season flowering plants.