Tomato 'Moreton Hybrid' - 4 inch

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Pacific NW tomato lovers have Oregon State University to thank for several tomato varieties developed for our weather conditions. New Jersey has Rutgers University, who worked with a seed company to come up with 'Moreton Hybrid' tomatoes, developed for short growing seasons but with the characteristic "New Jersey" tomato flavor. This indeterminate variety is also an early producer, bearing slicer-size tomatoes, starting around 60 days after planting.

As with any tomato, plant the starts deep, leaving only two sets of leaves above ground, even if it means stripping off bottom leaves on a particularly leggy start, or actually laying it at an angle with just two sets of leaves above ground. 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. 

Water tomatoes deeply and only when the soil is dry to encourage flower and fruit production. One trick to getting water down to the roots and not on the leaves is to cut the bottom off a 16-oz. to liter-size plastic bottle, throw away the cap, then partially bury the cap end of the bottle into the ground close to the tomato start. Angle it slightly so you can water into the bottle. 

Common Name: Moreton Hybrid Tomato
Culinary Uses: Slicer size. Use fresh in salads or on sandwiches, or cooked in soups, stews, sauces.
Harvest Time: 60 - 80 days
Mature Size: Indeterminate vines are 4' - 6' long.
Growth Rate: Moderate - early producer.
Cold Hardiness: Frost sensitive annual
Light: Sun to partial sun
Structure: Vines are 4 - 6 feet long. Put in support - cage, trellis, or stakes - at time of planting.
Photos: Real images, not stock photos
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