Tomato Rutgers

Tomato Rutgers

  • Features: These large red tomatoes bear a thick flesh grown on a very productive tomato plant. The vines are strong, harvesting a large crop. This tomato is commonly used as a parent in other hybrids. Determinate vine type.
  • Maturity: 82 days / 142g (5oz)in average weight.
  • Light: Plant in full sun.
  • Soil and water: Well drained, moist soil. Best with compost. An all purpose, timed release fertilizer is recommended with a pH of 5.5 to 7. Tomatoes need even watering to prevent rotting. Water thoroughly but not too often (twice per week should suffice at first), and try to water early in the day so that plants will dry off before evening. This helps to reduce disease problems. Use drip or soaker hoses whenever possible. Water is used more efficiently this way and the leaves don't get wet.
  • Spacing: Plant 60-90cm (24-36") apart.
  • Height: 60-90cm (24-36") in height.
  • Garden use: Vegetable garden or raised garden beds. Most tomato plants can also be grown in container gardens.
  • Growing tips: When planting bury 2/3 of the plant. Plant tomatoes after the threat of frost has passed. Plant your tomatoes quite deep into the ground. The deeper you root your plants, the stronger they will be as they grow. Tomatoes thrive best when they are grown around chives, onions, parsley, marigolds, nasturtiums, carrots or garlic. Avoid planting tomato plants by cabbages and the potato family.
  • Culinary use: Popular for canning and a slicing favourite. This tomato is great for salads, soups, pasta sauces, and pastes. Also can be used for freezing.
Make sure you have enough support for your plants. Having a tomato cage in the garden will help support the plant as the fruit begin to grow. Once the plant produces fruit and it tips over it can lead to problems with the fruit. Especially if the fruit is resting on the ground, it can lead to under ripe or rotting tomatoes.

Apply a mulch of straw or other loose organic matter 5-8cm (2-3") deep around the plants. This will reduce weed growth and help retain the moisture in the soil.

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