Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Tomato Kimchi

Tomato Kimchi

Cultivar Name: Tomato Kimchi

Seedling Number: KMOPUTSE3

Bloom Diameter: 6”

Scape Height: 30”

Branches: 3

Bud Count: 15

Bloom Season: LATE

Rebloom: No

Color/Description: China red to raspberry red above glowing golden throat.

Ploidy: TET

Bloom Habit: Diurnal

Foliage: Dorm

Fragrance: UNK

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.

Tomato Kimchi
2023 in the late season garden.
Afternoon in full sun.
Flower and branching details.

Tomato Kimchi
2018, seedling bed

Tomato Kimchi
2023, late afternoon, cloudy day

Tomato Kimchi
2023, late evening

Tomato Kimchi
2023, early afternoon, 
using myself to cast a shadow on the flower

Tomato Kimchi
2022, late afternoon

Tomato Kimchi
2023, late afternoon

Tomato Kimchi
2023, early afternoon

Tomato Kimchi
2023, afternoon, full sun