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Product Description

Lycopersicon esculentum

These medium to large, low-acid, persimmon-orange beauties or indeterminate origin are juicy and flavorful with tender skin and meaty flesh. One thick, succulent slice on toast makes a meal, but you'll want seconds. They also make gorgeous soups and sauces. The 5–6 inch vines need to be staked.

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Quick Facts

Plant Size: 5–6 foot plant, 5–7 oz. fruit

Hardiness: Tender Annual

Sun: Full

Seed Planting Depth: 0.25 inch

Days to Harvest: 80

Good for Container: Yes

Seed Origin: Heirloom

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 PEST
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.


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