Roma tomatoes are great in Italian dishes! These red, blocky, pear-shaped fruits have thick, meaty flesh and few seeds and grow on determinate vines. They are a dependable producer for mid-season.
How To Grow: Plant in full sun.
Spacing: Plant 18″ apart.
Height: Grows 4′ to 5′ tall.
Outstanding Features: Resistant to Verticillium, Fusarium Wilt Race 1, Nematodes and Alternaria.
Tips: Tomatoes will grow in any good garden soil that is properly drained. Good drainage is necessary to prevent “blossom-end rot”. The ground should be tilled deeply before the tomatoes are planted. The soil should also be enriched with compost, leaf mold, peat moss or commercial humus. Manure can be used, if at all, with caution. Set plants out after danger from frost has passed and plant them a bit deeper than what they were growing in their containers. If your plants are a bit spindly, plant them on their sides and cover with dirt up to their first leaves. Roots will grow along the buried stem and produce sturdier plants. To avoid wilts and other serious problems, rotate tomatoes and other related vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, eggplants) with non-related vegetables such as legumes and cucurbits (squash, cucumbers). Check out plant tags to see what a tomato variety is resistant to.
*As applied to tomatoes, determinate refers to the growing habit of plants that are bushy, whose fruit ripen over a 3 to 4 week period, and generally do not need staking. Caging is usually recommended.