Latin: Solanum lycoprsicum
Breed Status: F1 Hybrid
Growth Habit: Indeterminate
Days to Maturity: 70 Days
Life Cycle: Annual
Flower Colour: Yellow
Fruit Colour: Red
Average Fruit Weight: 0.5lb – 0.75lb
Foliage Colour: Green
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Soil Requirements: High organic matter and well draining. Consistent moisture necessary during fruit formation.
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Special Considerations: Prevent blossom end rot by providing abundant soil calcium and an even supply of soil moisture.
Pot Sizing: 5″ pot plants are at least 3 weeks more mature than 3″ potted plants. 5″ often are beginning to flower in May due to maturity rather than stress.
Tomato Growing Information
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Solanum lycopersicum
DETERMINATE (Bush): Varieties do not need pruning and may be grown with or without support; fruit ripens within a concentrated time period.
INDETERMINATE (Climbing): Varieties should be staked, trellised, or caged, and pruned for best results; fruit ripens over an extended period.
TRANSPLANTING OUTDOORS: Transplant into medium-rich garden or field soil 12-24″ apart for determinate varieties, 24-36″ apart for indeterminate, un-staked varieties, and 14-20″ for staking. Plant 3-8″ inches deep, covering the root ball well and up to the cotyledons (first leaves). If using grafted plants, take care to ensure the graft union is not touching the soil. Water seedlings with a high-phosphate fertilizer solution. For earliest crops, set plants out around the last frost date under floating row covers, which will protect from frost to about 28°F (-2°C). If possible, avoid setting out unprotected plants until night temperatures are over 45°F (7°C). Frost will cause severe damage.
FERTILIZER: Abundant soil phosphorus is important for early high yields. Too much nitrogen causes rampant growth and soft fruits susceptible to rot.
DISEASES: Learn the common tomato diseases in your area. Select resistant varieties. For prevention, use young, healthy transplants, avoid overhead irrigation, plow in tomato plant refuse in the fall, rotate crops, and do not handle tobacco or smoke before handling plants. Organic fungicides can reduce certain diseases when properly selected and applied.
BLOSSOM END ROT: Prevent blossom end rot by providing abundant soil calcium and an even supply of soil moisture.
INSECT PESTS: Use row covers to protect young seedlings from flea beetles. Tomato hornworms can be controlled with Bacillus thuringiensis, although not commonly found in the Kootenays. Organic insecticides may be required for potato beetle larvae and adults control. Growing healthy plants is the best way to manage pests!
HARVEST: Fully vine-ripen fruit when possible for best flavour. Mature green fruits may be picked in the fall and ripened indoors in a sunny location such as a windowsill.
STORAGE: Store firm, ripe fruit 7-16°C (45-60°F) for 4-7 days.
DAYS TO MATURITY: From transplants.
Spring Plant Reservations
All Spring Plant Reservations have a 50% minimum deposit required to place orders. An order can also be paid in full.
Orders will be placed based on payment of a deposit or full payment.
Payment can be made by cash, cheque, email money transfer or credit card. Please follow instructions on your invoice.
Order deadlines: April 21st, 2019
* Please note that orders are dependent on available inventory. Some stock have limited available quantities.
Any bulk orders of 50+ plants will be subject to bulk order pricing. Please contact us for bulk orders.
All other potted plants must be picked up in May from the farm. We are unable to deliver to Nelson or Castlegar Garden Festivals due to recent SPR order quantities.
This item is for pick-up only and does not qualify for shipping via Canada Post.
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