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Row by Row Episode 248: How To Grow Tomatoes

Row by Row Episode 248: How To Grow Tomatoes

Hey Neighbor! We've got a great show tonight, Peiter from Seminis is back! We're talking all things indeterminate tomatoes - debunking tomato growing myths, how to treat them, pruning tomatoes and so much more! Seminis is a HUGE player in the indeterminate seed breeder for the home gardener. Let's grow together and get dirty, ya'll!

The Difference Between Determinate & Indeterminate Tomatoes

Determinate tomatoes grow their tomatoes all at once and grow in a "bush", while indeterminate tomatoes grow fruit throughout the season and grow through vining. 

Indeterminate Tomatoes

Better Boy Tomato

Better Boy Tomato is one of the most-popular tomato varieties grown across the country, and for good reason! This hybrid, indeterminate tomato variety produces heavy yields of bright red tomatoes that can weigh up to 1 lb each. Better Boy is widely adapted and performs well across the country in any growing zone. It is also resistant to nematodes, making it a great option for home gardeners and small-scale farmers. Solanum lycopersicum. 75 days to maturity. Better Boy Tomato is the perfect slicing tomato variety. Plants produce a significant amount of foliage that protect the fruits from sun scald damage. Fruits are extra-large and have that perfect tangy and acidic tomato flavor. In addition to slicing, this is also a great variety for canning and preserving. Tomatoes are in the nightshade family along with peppers and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Tomatoes do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. They grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date. If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting tomatoes, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Tomatoes can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.

Better Boy Tomato Planting Information

Planting Method: transplant When to Plant: after last frost Planting Depth: 1/4″ Seed Spacing: 2′ Row Spacing: 3-4′ Days to Maturity: 75 Disease Resistance: Verticillium Wilt, Fusarium Wilt, Root Knot Nematodes

Big Beef Tomato

Big Beef Tomato is a hybrid, indeterminate tomato variety that produces large, beefsteak tomatoes. This variety is considered the gold standard for big, fresh market tomatoes in many areas of the country. Big Beef has an excellent disease-resistance package that includes resistance to root knot nematodes and tobacco mosaic virus. Solanum lycopersicum. 75 days to maturity. TREATED. Big Beef Tomato is an All America Selections winner for its plant vigor, consistent fruit size and excellent flavor. Indeterminate plants produce fruits that average 12 to 16 ounces. Compared to other indeterminate varieties, the fruits ripen early on vigorous vines. This variety is also known to continue to set fruit in cooler conditions, producing delicious tomatoes until the first frost in many regions. Tomatoes are in the nightshade family along with peppers and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Tomatoes do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. They grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date. If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting tomatoes, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Tomatoes can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.

Big Beef Tomato Planting Information

Planting Method: transplant When to Plant: after last frost Planting Depth: 1/4″ Seed Spacing: 2′ Row Spacing: 3-4′ Days to Maturity: 75 Disease Resistance: Verticillium Wilt, Fusarium Wilt, Root Knot Nematode, Alternaria Stem Canker, Gray Leaf Spot, Tobacco Mosaic Virus

Purple Boy Tomato

Purple Boy Tomato is a hybrid, indeterminate variety that offers exceptional flavor coupled with disease-resistance to perform in the harshest conditions. It offers the great heirloom tang that you’ve come to expect from varieties like Cherokee Purple, but with more plant vigor so that it can be grown later into the warmer months. Solanum lycopersicum. 80 days to maturity. Purple Boy Tomato produces tomatoes with a deep purple color inside and out. Unlike its heirloom counterparts, fruits will be more uniform and symmetrically-shaped, making them easier to slice and prepare for that delicious tomato sandwich. It is resistant to Tobacco Mosaic Virus and Root Knot Nematodes, making it widely-adapted for a wide range of growing conditions. Tomatoes are in the nightshade family along with peppers and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Tomatoes do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. They grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date. If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting tomatoes, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Tomatoes can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.

Purple Boy Tomato Planting Information

Planting Method: transplant When to Plant: after last frost Planting Depth: 1/4″ Seed Spacing: 2′ Row Spacing: 3-4′ Days to Maturity: 80 Disease Resistance: Root Knot Nematodes, Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Verticillium Wilt, Fusarium Wilt

Lemon Boy Tomato

Lemon Boy Tomato is a hybrid, indeterminate tomato variety that produces bright yellow fruits with the perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors. This variety is the yellow version of the popular Better Boy tomato variety. It has an excellent disease-resistance package including resistance to gray leaf spot and nematodes. Solanum lycopersicum. 75 days to maturity. Unlike other gold tomato varieties, Lemon Boy Tomato has a bright yellow color like a lemon. It also is higher yielding than comparable gold tomato varieties. The eye-catching fruits average 6-8 ounces each and provide brilliant color to any salad or vegetable medley. Tomatoes are in the nightshade family along with peppers and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Tomatoes do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. They grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date. If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting tomatoes, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Tomatoes can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.

Lemon Boy Tomato Planting Information

Planting Method: transplant When to Plant: after last frost Planting Depth: 1/4″ Seed Spacing: 2′ Row Spacing: 3-4′ Days to Maturity:75 Disease Resistance: Verticillium Wilt, Fusarium Wilt, Root Knot Nematode, Alternaria Stem Canker, Gray Leaf Spot

Pink Delicious Tomato

Pink Delicious gets its name honestly, it’s as pink in color, as it is delicious in flavor! An early maturing, indeterminate tomato that has an heirloom look and flavor, Pink Delicious is a hybrid with an excellent disease-resistance package. We tried this in our trial garden in 2022, it produced well under high disease pressure. This variety stands on its own compared to similar varieties, being a 2022 AAS Regional Winner for great flavor, texture, and for an “heirloom” looking tomato but with all the benefits of a hybrid. Pink Delicious has a high Brix for a sweeter-than-normal pink tomato. Great for home and market gardeners alike, perfect for slicing with an average weight of 1/2 – 1 pound. Well-suited for different growing zones, trailed in Georgia and Ohio, both zones outperformed expectations. If you want to grow an heirloom-type tomato and have failed in the past, this is the one you will be successful with. Solanum lycopersicum. 84 days to maturity Tomatoes are in the nightshade family along with peppers and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at the bloom set. Tomatoes do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seeds. They grow very well in our heavy-duty seed-starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date. If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162-cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting tomatoes, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Tomatoes can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.

Pink Delicious Tomato Planting Information

Planting Method: transplant When to Plant: after last frost Planting Depth: 1/4″ Seed Spacing: 2′ Row Spacing: 3-4′ Days to Maturity: 84 Disease Resistance:  Gray Leaf Spot, Tomato Mosaic Virus, Verticillium Wilt

Pink Girl Tomato

Pink Girl Tomato is a hybrid, indeterminate tomato variety that produces beautiful, pink-colored fruits. Because it has an indeterminate growth habit, it will produce throughout the entire warm growing season in moderate climates. Pink Girl has a solid disease-resistance package including resistance to gray leaf spot. Solanum lycopersicum. 75 days to maturity. Pink Girl Tomato has vigorous vines that produce pink fruits averaging 8 ounces each. Fruits are resistant to cracking and absolutely beautiful when allowed to reach full ripeness on the vine. Because the fruits are pink, they have a lower acidity than traditional red tomato varieties. Tomatoes are in the nightshade family along with peppers and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Tomatoes do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. They grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date. If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting tomatoes, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Tomatoes can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.

Pink Girl Tomato Planting Information

Planting Method: transplant When to Plant: after last frost Planting Depth: 1/4″ Seed Spacing: 2′ Row Spacing: 3-4′ Days to Maturity: 75 Disease Resistance: Verticillium Wilt, Fusarium Wilt, Alternaria Stem Canker, Gray Leaf Spot

SunSugar Tomato

SunSugar Tomato is a hybrid, indeterminate cherry tomato variety that is known to be one of the best-tasting cherry tomato varieties in existence. SunSugar produces heavy yields of fruits that grow in clusters for easy harvesting. These fruits are rich in Vitamin A and taste like candy. You’ll probably eat them all before getting them in the house! Solanum lycopersicum. 65 days to maturity. Unlike other cherry tomato varieties, SunSugar has a thinner skin and is crack-resistant, even in variable conditions. This provides a longer harvest window and more lenience in periods of heavy rainfall. Plants will bear fruits throughout the entire warm season until the first frost. Fruits may be harvested when they turn yellow and are slightly tart, or they can mature to a deep-orange color for a sweeter flavor. Tomatoes are in the nightshade family along with peppers and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Tomatoes do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. They grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date. If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting tomatoes, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Tomatoes can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.

SunSugar Tomato Planting Information

Planting Method: transplant When to Plant: after last frost Planting Depth: 1/4″ Seed Spacing: 2′ Row Spacing: 3-4′ Days to Maturity: 65 Disease Resistance: Fusarium Wilt, Tobacco Mosaic Virus

Determinate Tomatoes

Celebrity Tomato 

This tomato is everything you loved about the original Celebrity, plus an enhanced disease package! Celebrity Plus Tomato is a hybrid, determinate tomato variety that produces loads of delicious tomatoes in clusters. Celebrity has long been a favorite for backyard gardeners and homesteaders across the country, and Celebrity Plus has everything you love about the original with a bonus resistance to tomato spotted wilt virus. Also, this variety is widely adapted to all growing regions! Solanum lycopersicum. 80 days to maturity. Celebrity Plus Tomato is a determinate variety but is sometimes characterized as semi-determinate. Although the plants are shorter resembling a determinate variety, it can often keep producing right until the first frost date. Tomatoes are medium to large and average 7-10 ounces. Fruits are uniform with no green shoulders and resistant to cracking. Tomatoes are in the nightshade family along with peppers and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Tomatoes do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. They grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date. If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting tomatoes, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Tomatoes can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.

Celebrity Plus Tomato Planting Information

Planting Method: transplant When to Plant: after last frost Planting Depth: 1/4″ Seed Spacing: 2′ Row Spacing: 3-4′ Days to Maturity: 80 Disease Resistance: Verticillium Wilt, Fusarium Wilt, Root Knot Nematode, Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus

Florida 91 Tomato

Florida 91 Tomato is a hybrid, determinate tomato variety known for its ability to set fruit in hot and humid climates. This variety produces extra-large, round to oblate fruits that are smooth and consistently-uniform. Yields are prolific and fruits have an excellent flavor that makes it ideal for fresh market or backyard gardening. It performs well in warmer zones, but is also widely-adapted for any growing zone. Solanum lycopersicum. 75 days to maturity. Florida 91 Tomato produces strong, vigorous vines can continue to produce well into the warmer months. It has a great disease-resistance package which includes resistance to gray leaf spot, alternaria, verticillium and fusarium. This is a go-to variety for preserving tomatoes in juices, sauces, salsas and more! Tomatoes are in the nightshade family along with peppers and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Tomatoes do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. They grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date. If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting tomatoes, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Tomatoes can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.

Florida 91 Tomato Planting Information

Planting Method: transplant When to Plant: after last frost Planting Depth: 1/4″ Seed Spacing: 2′ Row Spacing: 3-4′ Days to Maturity: 75 Disease Resistance: Alternaria Stem Canker, Fusarium Wilt, Gray Leaf Spot, Verticillium Wilt

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