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Photo: Tomato heirloom Rutger

General description

The large, red fruits have a thick flesh with superior flavor. Strong determinate vines yield a large initial crop followed by several flushes of fruit. This is one of those classic tomatoes that has been used as a parent in the breeding of many other hybrids. Seldom has problems with cracking. Resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt (F), and alternaria stem canker (A).

Plant requirements

Light requirements: Full sun.

Planting: Space 18 to 36 inches apart, depending on type. Plant deeply, burying 2/3 of the stem.

Soil requirements: Tomatoes need well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. Amend soil with compost or other organic matter prior to planting. Soil pH should be 6.2 to 6.8.

Water requirements: Keep soil consistently moist throughout the growing season. Moisture is critical to prevent cracked fruits and blossom end rot. Mulch soil to reduce water evaporation.

Maintenance

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Properties

Height
1 - 120 cm
Color
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Soil type
Loam
Sunlight
Full sun
Moisture
Well-drained
Hardiness
Hardy