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Tomato 'Italian Roma' Org Seed Pack

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Italian Roma is a determinate plant that adapts well to large container planters, and is a tried and true paste variety, perfect for canning.

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The satisfaction of raising a bountiful crop of delicious, fully ripe tomatoes can't be beat, and as experienced gardeners will tell you, so much depends upon the weather. Most people will start their seeds indoors where they can control the soil, water, light, and temperature. Once the seedlings move outdoors, it's less an exact science and more what works in the environment provided.

One rule of thumb is to plant the seedlings deep, leaving only two sets of leaves above ground, even if it means stripping off bottom leaves on a particularly leggy start. All the little hairs along the stem will become roots, providing that much more water and nourishment to the plant. You'll also want to install your support, be it a cage, trellis, or some other structure, at the time of transplanting so the roots aren't damaged later on. Planting a tomato with no support will usually be a source of heartache; however, Italian Roma may be more forgiving as it is a determinate, compact plant. Even so, placing a cage around this variety is helpful to the plant and to harvesting.

Botanical Name Solanum lycopersicum
Mature Size Plant about 36" tall, 18" wide; fruits are 3" x 1 ½", 5-6 oz. oblong
Light Full sun
Cold Hardiness Frost sensitive annual
When to Sow Outside For mild climates only: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.
When to Start Inside RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting. Transplant when air temperature is 45°F or warmer, usually 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date.
Special Germination Instructions Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–90°F.
Days to Emerge 5 -10 days
Seed Depth 1/4"
Seed Spacing A group of 3 seeds every 24"
Row Spacing 36"
Thinning When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 24"
Maturity Date 80 days from transplanting
When to Harvest ick when tomatoes are fully red and have a slight give when gently squeezed. Fruit tends to ripen at the same time.
Additional Info A determinate variety that can be grown in large pots.
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