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Product Description

Lycopersicon esculentum

Meaty, bright red and juicy, this classic, flat-round beefsteak tomato of indeterminate variety has traditional tomato flavor and is great for slicing. Produces heavy yields on vigorous vines that need staking.

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Quick Facts

Plant Size: 4 foot plants, 10–20 oz. fruit

Hardiness: Tender Annual

Sun: Full

Seed Planting Depth: 0.25 inch

Days to Harvest: 75 days

Good for Container: Yes

Seed Origin: Open Pollinated

Easy to Grow: Yes

Water: Moderate

Days to Germinate: 7–14 days

Plant Spacing: 18–24 inches

Edible Flower: N/A

Growing Guide

GROW GUIDE CONDITIONS:
Tomatoes are frost sensitive, warm season plants that grow best in full sun and like fertile, well drained, loamy soils. Tomatoes are heavy feeders, so prepare planting area with decomposed compost and a general purpose organic fertilizer. Soil that is low in phosphorus and potassium can be amended with rock phosphate and greensand. To prevent blossom end rot, add bone meal, oyster shell flour or crushed eggshells to the planting holes. Deeper, less frequent watering encourages deep rooting for better drought tolerance and tastier fruits.

GROW GUIDE SEED:
Tomatoes are best started indoors 4–6 weeks before your last frost date. Plant seeds ¼ inch deep and keep evenly moist. Optimum soil temperature is 70–90°F, which can be achieved with a heating mat. After 6–14 days, place new seedlings in a sunny window and fertilize every 2 weeks. Harden off your seedlings before planting by placing them outdoors during the day and bringing inside at night. Transplant 18–24 inches apart in rows that are 36-60 inches apart.

GROW GUIDE PESTS:
Tomatoes are susceptible to many diseases, including Early Blight (Alternaria), Late Blight (Phytophthora), Septoria Leaf Spot, Bacterial Spot, Speck and Canker, and soilborne fungal diseases such as Verticillium and Fusarium Wilt. When possible, choose disease resistant varieties, use a minimum three year rotation cycle, use drip irrigation to minimize wet foliage, mulch to prevent soil from splashing on to leaves during rain storms, stake vines, orient rows to increase air circulation and compost or turn under all crop debris at the end of each season. Tomato hornworms can be hand-picked or controlled with Bacillus thuringiensis sprays (Dipel). Plant flowers and insectary plants around the borders or within your garden to attract beneficial insects to control harmful pests naturally.

GROW GUIDE HARVEST:
Tomatoes generally ripen 6–8 weeks after fruit set. Tomatoes will continue to mature even after they have been harvested. Harvest fully ripe fruits when they have full color but are still firm. Many varieties pull off easily when ripe, while some heirlooms need to be cut from the vine. To harvest for later use or to sell at market, pick when fruits have 50–75% color and are still firm, they will ripen in a few days. For best flavor, keep tomatoes on the kitchen counter, not in the refrigerator.

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So far so good
| Mel E

I started from seed on Valentine's Day. I live in Bellingham, Washington and as of today (07/08/20) my container plant is about 4' tall with about 50+ tomatoes, more coming every day. The largest are almost 2" across so I have about 2 1/2 months more growing time. I use Jack's tomato fertilizer once a week.

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Germination
| Cookie86

I am new to the plant world and have never grown from seeds before. I placed 2 seeds per cell in plot with about 24 cells. All of them sprouted except one cell. It did take about 13 days to germinate but they are happy little guys now. :)

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