Planting & Care
Planting: In early spring, start indoors about 6-8 weeks before outdoor night temperatures are reliably in the 50-55°F range. Sow seeds 1/4" deep and 1" apart in a container of seed starting mix. Keep moist but not soggy, and very warm (80°F). Provide a strong light source until seedlings are ready to plant outside. When seedlings are 2" tall, transplant into individual 4" pots. Maintain at 70°F. Feed with half-strength fertilizer ever 2 weeks until ready to plant. When nights reach 55°F, gradually acclimate to outdoor conditions. Plant these vigorous, early bearing vines 3' apart into rich soil in full sun.
Growing: Transplant one seedling per pot with a minimum size of 18-20" in diameter and 18" high. Use fresh potting mix to prevent soil borne disease. Water regularly: in hot weather, pots may need water daily. Fertilize every other week with a low nitrogen fertilizer for strong plants and good yields.
Harvest & Use: Tomatoes need full sun at least 6 hours every day. Provide strong stakes or wire cages at planting time as plants get heavy with fruit. Mulch plants well to maintain even moisture. Pick fully ripe. Don't store tomatoes in the fridge.