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Another variety developed at Oregon State University, designed to set fruit in colder weather. Gee, does that sound like Oregon?
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For those who are impatient for garden-fresh tomatoes but want true slicer-sized fruit, 'Siletz' tomato may be the variety for you. Developed at Oregon State University, 'Siletz' will set fruit in cooler weather, yielding ripe tomatoes in 55 to 75 days. Listed as a determinate variety, the plant will produce vines anywhere from three to six feet, so use at least a 10-gallon container if not planted in the ground.
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||Siletz Tomato|
|Culinary Uses||Slicing tomato, fresh or cooked|
|Harvest Time||55 - 75 days|
|Mature Size||Plant is 3 - 6 feet tall, 2 - 3 feet wide. Fruits are 10 - 12 ounces.|
|Growth Rate||Moderate - early producer.|
|Cold Hardiness||Frost sensitive annual|
|Light||Sun to partial sun|
|Structure||Semi-determinate vines, 3 - 6 feet long, so will need support.|
|Photos||Real images, not stock photos|