Organic Heirloom Open Pollinated
No Pesticides No Herbicides No Fungicides No Synthetic Fertilizers
Latin Name: Lycopersicon lycopersicum:
Days to Maturity: 70-80
Roma Tomato Heirloom Seeds can be planted to produce the
popular Roma tomato. They are smaller, pear or plum shaped tomatoes and
popular for canning or making sauces, because it has a beefy and savory
taste. They do not exceed four inches in height and produce fantastic
quantities of fruit, which are great for gardeners with a limited amount
One of the earliest to mature, the fruit sets early in clusters of 4-7 and keeps very well on and off the determinate plants.
| 1 Packet
| 1 Ounce
| 1/4 Pound
| 1/2 Pound
| 1 Pound
| 5 Pounds
CULTURE: Sow seeds indoors into sterile seedling mix 6-8 weeks before
your last spring frost. Plant, water lightly, and cover with plastic or a
Propagation Dome to keep the seeds from drying out. When the first set
of true leaves has emerged, up-pot into 3-4 inch pots and place in an
area with full light and cooler temperatures (60-70°F). This will help
prevent legginess. Water carefully, allowing the soil to dry on the
surface between watering, but don't let the plants wilt. Fertilize with
fish emulsion every 10-14 days. Seven to ten days before you want to
transplant outside, set the plants in a sheltered area outdoors to
harden off. Bring in or cover at night to protect from frost. After the
danger of frost has passed, transplant into well worked garden soil.
Blend 1/4 cup of our complete fertilizer into the soil around each
plant. If you have acid soils or have been bothered by blossom end rot, a
handful of bone meal should also be added. Space determinate varieties
18-24 inches apart and indeterminate varieties 20-30 inches apart. Allow
3-4 feet between rows. If your plants have become leggy, plant them
deeper; the stems will actually sprout roots. Water very lightly at
first, allowing the stems to adapt. To promote early growth and better
yields use season extending products such as Wallo' Waters, Kozy Coats,
Victorian Bell Cloches, or Red Plastic Mulch.
DETERMINATE/INDETERMINATE: Determinate varieties spread laterally and
therefore do not require staking. Determinate varieties ripen at once so
are a good choice for gardeners who love to can. Indeterminate
varieties grow vertically until the bitter end and need to be staked or
trellised for best production. They produce fruit until frost, leaving
you some green tomatoes at the end of the season.
INSECTS/PESTS: Use Pyrethrin or crop row covers to discourage flea
beetles early in the season, when they can be most destructive. Tomato
hornworms can be controlled with Bacillus thuringienses (a bacteria also
known as B.t.) sold as Monterey B.t. (ZIN503).
DISEASES: Natural genetic plant resistance is the best form of disease
control. For diseases like early and late blight, a strict 3 year
rotation and a sanitation program that includes destroying all the vines
at the end of the year are your best defenses. Contact your local
county extension agent for more information.
SEED SPECS: Minimum germination standard: 80%. Usual seed life: 3 years.
Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplanting; add 30-35
days if direct seeding.
KEY TO TOMATO DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
AB | Early (Alternaria) Blight
B | Bacterial Wilt
F* | Fusarium Wilt
FOR | Fusarium Crown and Root Rot
L | Gray Leaf Spot
LB | Late Blight
LM | Leaf Mold
N | Roundworm | Nematode
PL | Corky Root Rot
PST | Bacterial Speck
RK | Root-Knot
TMV | Tobacco Mosaic Virus
ToMV* | Tomato Mosaic Virus
TSWV | Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
TYLCV | Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus
V | Verticillium Wilt
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.