The Letter C: “C” is for the Tomato Cosmonaut Volkov and Chinese 5 Color Pepper


Cosmonaut Volkov

This is an excellent variety with a sweet/tangy flavor. It has heavy yields of big fruit of around 4-5 inches in diameter–great for fresh eating!

Early enough for a quick Russian summer and with a taste that’s positively celestial, Cosmonaut Volkov Tomatoes will land a regular spot in your garden. The variety is of Ukrainian origin, but was selected by Russian space engineer turned avid gardener Mikhailovich Maslov. He thought it one of the best of his garden and named it after his comrade Vladislav Volkov, a Russian astronaut who perished while returning from the first visit to the Earth’s first space station. This exceptional variety will keep the spirit of adventure alive in your garden.

I am looking forward to trying this for the first time. I heard about it from a customer who requested it. 

In doing research online I found some info about seeds going to space for experimental purposes. They want to find out how they would react to radiation and low gravity. Some mutations were noted but otherwise they seemed to be fairly healthy. For more information, follow this link. 

Quite fascinating




Chinese 5 Color

Although I haven’t grown this one yet, it looks to be very promising. I don’t eat hot peppers but it would be gorgeous in a pot mixed with petunias and lolelia. This plant produces screaming hot little peppers that turn a rainbow of vibrant colors; from purple, cream, yellow, orange to red as they ripen. Plant them in your flowerbeds for more impact, guaranteed to elicit comments.

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