Growing Campari Tomatoes


Michelle MooreShelley Moore is an aspiring organic backyard gardener with hopes of becoming a true 'green thumb'. She is the mother of two young daughters and the wife of one helpful husband. They reside in northern Utah.  

Sitting on the sofa with my husband at my mother-in-law’s patio home just before dinner last Sunday, I had my nose in a magazine while my husband was looking up information on Campari tomatoes on his iPhone.  
One site reported they grow to 9 feet.

(What? That can’t be real.) 
Another site he relayed was stating 3 or 4 feet. 
(Okay, that seemed more realistic!) 
I remember a photo he showed me, however, and they were pretty high climbing on a support system. I’m not sure how tall this variety grows! 
I have yet to purchase anything for our Camparies to grow and climb on, however, I am just happy to have some on the vine! 
My mother in law’s husband had mentioned something to the effect awhile back that I may get some green tomatoes, but if it was a long, hot summer they may ripen. (Because I had planted from seed, I believe, and not from a starter plant; it was a late start growing than normal) So, I was discouraged at first, but gained hope. 

campari seeds 
Saved Campari seeds ready for planting. Photo By Shelley Moore. 

It’s been about a week and a half ago now, when I found small round green tomatoes growing in my garden at last!  

Our first Campari tomatoes
Our first Campari tomatoes are growing! Photo By Shelley Moore. 

6/7/2018 2:03:09 PM

This is wonderful. I too love the Campari tomato. Over the weekend I cut some for a salad and scraped the spilled seeds off my cutting board with a large knife. I walked out to a pot in the front yard and just poked them into the soil to see what would happen. Well that was Saturday and today is Thursday, I just found about 8-10 sprouts. So cool. Can't wait to see what else happens.

3/6/2018 7:41:27 PM

I cut into a nice ripe Campari and dried the seeds as well. They are in soil with a heat pad under them for starting seed \. I purchased this heat pad years ago just for this purpose and it’s always got those seeds to pop in a few days. I hope these seeds produce those wonderful tomatoes you can by in the grocery deptartments. I was told the do grow very high so before you get started place some good long post to support them because they can grow 8 feet and more depending on your soil. Years ago when I first started to grow tomatoes I had a bet with my Grandfather about who was going to grow the biggest one so I tied some plastic tubes to the post and put them down about 18 inches and every now and then I would feed the plants with fish emulsion diluted with water and send it down those plastic tubes with a small funnel and you would not believe the results. My Dear old Grandfather couldn’t believe his eyes when he came to my house. Fish emulsion will not burn the roots however you should test your soil first and if the nitrogen is ok I would use some phosphorus and that would help a real lot. If you are lacking nitrogen use a 10 10 10 or 8 8 8. If you use to much nitrogen you will have a real nice looking plant but not much fruit. When the fruit is set you can start fertilizing again but don’t over do it.

6/17/2013 2:46:26 PM

We bought some campari tomatoes, harvested the seeds, and now we have a dozen or so campari sprouts which we've transferred to the garden.  Any idea how long they take until they fruit?  Thx!

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