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Rutgers Tomato


Rutgers Tomato is an heirloom, open-pollinated variety developed by Rutgers University in 1934. Once the most popular variety grown in the United States, this is an excellent slicing and canning tomato. Disease-resistant. Solanum lycopersicum. 75 days to maturity.

50 seeds per packet


Be sure to check out our Tomato Growing Guide for tips & tricks on being successful in growing tomatoes at home.

Rutgers Tomato is an heirloom, open-pollinated tomato variety that was developed in 1934 at Rutgers University in New Jersey. This is a indeterminate variety that produces a large initial crop, followed by several subsequent harvests during the production window. This variety was once the most popular tomato variety in the United States and accounted for a significant amount of the total tomato production in the country.

Rutgers Tomato produces fruits that average 6-12 ounces. The first fruits will be slightly smaller than the later harvests which will produce larger tomatoes. Plants are vigorous and have an excellent disease-resistance package for an heirloom tomato variety. Rutgers makes a great slicing tomato, but is also great for canning and making sauces.


Growing Information

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.

Rutgers 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: Fusarium Wilt, Verticillium Wilt, Alternaria Stem Canker

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Jill Clark
Great for canning.

I have been growing these since 1974. I plant a lot of tomatoes but this is my favorite. Great old fashion tomato flavor and always dependable. Good canning tomato and good fresh. A garden just isn't a garden without some Rutgers plants in it.

2 out of 5

Not horrible but not special in my garden. If this was the only variety I could find, I would go with it but there are better ones for me