Federle Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum | SKU: 0439
4 Reviews
$3.25 to $140.80
  • Bright red fruits grow to 7 inches long
  • Flavorful flesh with few seeds
  • Excellent for processing, especially good for salsa
  • Very productive
  • Indeterminate - Fruit ripens throughout the season
  • 85 days from transplant
  • ±10,700 seeds/oz

$3.25 to $140.80

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Item Details

Introduced to SSE in 1991 by R. W. Richardson of New York. Original seed obtained through a swap with a West Virginia gardener. Productive plants loaded with 7" long red paste tomatoes. Rich full flavor and few seeds. Excellent for processing, especially good for salsa. Indeterminate, 85 days from transplant. ±10,700 seeds/oz.

Learn to Grow Federle Tomato

Start Indoors: 6 weeks before last frost

Germination: 7-14 Days

Plant Outdoors: 24-36” Apart

Support: Cage, stake, or trellis

Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Tomatoes are sensitive to freezing temperatures, so wait to transplant outdoors until the soil is warm. Plant in full sun.

Ratings & Reviews

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A lot of work to grow but harvest is worth it!


I have grown these for 3 years now with varying levels of success. If you can get them thru germination, transplanting and the initial few weeks then you have a good chance at harvest. They need to be trellised, because the branches get very long. It struggles in my North Dakota climate as it is susceptible to early fall frosts, so I have never seen it's full potential. The fruit is amazing for canning. Long 6-8 in, easy to peel, good flavor! If I had a longer season I would only grow Federles!

I love this tomato!


I have grown this tomato for about 5 years now and am never disappointed. High yield per plant, and a very fleshy fruit makes them ideal for sauces and salsa. The skins are thin and often don’t need peeling if you are making sauce. They grow well from seed and tend to be a bit smaller than other varieties from the start, but once they are in the ground they catch up and produce well.

Very productive and meaty. Wonderful for Salsa!


This year was the first time growing this variety. We grew (trellis method) this along with Amish Paste Tomatoes for canning salsa/sauce. The beginning of the season, the tomatoes started to have bottom rot. After researching, I learned that the soil may need more calcium. So we provide some calcium in the soil and from then, no bottom rot. Very productive and large tomatoes. I would say less juice than Amish Paste tomatoes, which is great for canning or making salsa. Definitely will grow again.

Great for salsa!


Great for salsa and sauce! They are a bit slow to start, in our Northern Michigan climate, but take off by mid-summer. September is the month for canning and processing!