Prepare soil well with aged manure or compost. Plant several inches deeper than seedlings were growing in containers. Provide firmly anchored strong stakes or tall wire cages at planting time. Mulch to provide even moisture retention; do not overwater once fruit begins to ripen.
HARVEST AND USE
Plants will grow tall and heavy with fruit clusters, so provide sturdy supports. For best flavor, pick only when fully ripened to rich red with gold-bronze streaks. Don’t refrigerate; these pretty fruits keep well in a countertop basket. Enjoy fresh, or try a quick sauté with garlic in good olive oil just until they burst, then sprinkle with fresh herbs.