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Tomato - Rio Grande Seeds

Tomato - Rio Grande Seeds

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Rio Grande tomato produces high yields of large red pear-shaped tomatoes. They are thick and meaty, with a flavor that is mildly sweet with a little of that old-fashioned tart tomato flavor. One of the best paste tomatoes to grow in hot climates and will withstand extremes in temperature, both hot and cold. An excellent choice for beginner gardeners. Highly disease resistant. 

Tomato seeds can be started indoors.

Start seeds inside 8 weeks before the last frost date.

Plant seeds 1/2" deep in pots with growing mix and place on a warm seedling mat or in a warm area that is 70 to 85 degrees with bright light. Tomato seeds prefer relatively warm temperatures to germinate and grow quickly. Seedlings should emerge from the soil in 5-10 days. After 8 weeks, when the outdoor garden soil has warmed, harden off the seedlings and transplant them 24" apart in rich soil and full sun. 

When watering soak the soil to a depth of at least 6" so the soil stays moist but never soggy. Mulching can help to provide uniform moisture, conserve water, and reduce weeds. Feed plants often with fertilizer that is low in nitrogen.

Rio Grande tomato plants are determinate and grow 4'-6' tall and tomatoes weigh 6 ounces.

Each packet contains 30 Rio Grande Tomato seeds.  Solanum lycopersicum. Annual. Open-pollinated, heirloom, Non-GMO. Harvest in 75 days. $3.00

This packet plants a 60' row with 30 plants. 

This product is part of the Get Real Gardening collection. Click here for more items.

The definition of a determinate tomato.

Determinate tomatoes grow to a compact height of about 3-6' tall. Determinants stop growing taller when fruit sets on the top bud. All the tomatoes from the plant will ripen at approximately the same time over a period of 1- 2 weeks. The plants may require staking for support.

Tomatoes are delicious.

Any tomato can be used for making a sauce but starting with paste tomatoes will mean less time reducing them down on the stove. Paste tomatoes like the Rio Grande have a denser, drier flesh and fewer seeds, making them meaty, thick, and ready to turn into a rich sauce. Rio Grande tomatoes are flavorful enough to do double duty as fresh eating tomatoes. 

Features.

Heirloom Rio Grande tomatoes are large pear-shaped fruits that work well for making BBQ sauces, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and purees. They make great dehydrated or sun-dried tomatoes. They are always delicious freshly sliced for salads and sandwiches, too. 

Benefits.

Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K. Eating of tomatoes and tomato-based products has been linked to improved skin health too.

More Information about planting, growing, and harvesting tomatoes can be found in the Farmer's Almanac Growing Guide.


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Pat
Experimenting in Florida summer heat

We've grown these tomatoes during the regular gardening season here in Florida - they are, indeed, prolific and tasty. I just planted new seed (May 2) as an experiment to see if we can get these to set fruit in the miserable heat of a Florida summer. I have them facing east so they will get the full sun of morning and shade from the house for most of the afternoon. Fingers crossed that this will work - will let you know.

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Charles Beard
Wonderful Romas

I've been ordering growing this variety of Roma for almost ten years. Almost always 100% germination. Start seeds on Valentines Day. Plant outside around Mother's Day weekend here in the NW. The plants are very sturdy when supported properly and produce huge meaty fruit. Rarely have problems with blight or blossom rot like on the smaller Romas. Six plants give us all the tomatoes we need for canning and freezer sauces for the year. Great on salads, in home made salsa or added to guacamole. The neighbors love the extras.

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