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General information

  • Scientific Name: Lycopersicon lycopersicum
    • Family: Solanaceae
  • Warm season
  • Planting Window:
    • Start seeds indoors, under lights in mid-March 8 weeks prior to transplanting around mid-May
  • pH = 5.5-7.5
  • Spacing: one plant will fit in a 5-gallon container
  • Check moisture frequently to make sure plant does not dry out
  • Work one trowel-full of 4-6-6 fertilizer into hole before transplanting
  • Tip: support plants with cages to keep them upright!

Pests and diseases

  • Hornworm - inspect leaves and plant umbellifereae herbs
  • Mulch with plastic layer or grass clippings to prevent splash when watering
  • Disease-resistant cultivars can be planted as well!

Successful cultivars

  • Patio F Hybrid (70 days)
  • Bush Champion II Hybrid (65 days)
  • Bush Early Girl Hybrid (65 days)

This publication was created by Master Gardener Rick Judd and designed by Extension Scholar Taylor Trent. Photos courtesy of Rick Judd.

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