Heirloom plants for sale at Plant-A-Palooza

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KUSA - The CSU Denver Extension Master Gardener Plant-A-Palooza Plant Sale fundraiser has long been known for heritage tomato transplants in addition to modern tomatoes, basil, perennials and annuals.

The sale takes place May 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Denver's Harvard Gulch Park at 888 E. Iliff Avenue (at Emerson Street).

All vegetable plants are grown from seed by Denver Master Gardeners.

Some chiles featured at the sale are grown from seed from the New Mexico Chile Pepper Institute which is a nonprofit research institute at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. . The Institute returned fifty year old seed lines to what they used to be before they strayed off-type in the last few decades. The bonus for gardeners is traditional heritage chiles that yield 10 percent more and have 20 percent more flavor.

Two of the Institute's chile types to be sold at the sale include:

• 'Nu-Mex Heritage 6-4' provides consistent medium heat with good yield.

• 'New Mex Big Jim' produces a high heat level for those who like their chiles hot.

They will also be selling many different type of heirloom and modern tomatoes. Some of the featured heirloom tomatoes include:

• Purple Cherokee- Medium-large sweet purple red tomato

• Red Brandywine-large, 12 oz beefsteak-shaped tomatoes are a luscious shade of red-pink tomatoes with superb flavor

• Chocolate Stripes- amazing tomato with deep reddish-brown color inside. The outside is covered with beautiful orange and lime colored stripes.. Very sweet medium to large tomato with a full-rich flavor.

They also will be selling basil, eggplant, cucumbers, chard and kale in addition to our wide selection of annuals and perennials.

For more information, call 720-913-5270 or visit, www.facebook.com/CSUDenverHort

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