Lycopersicon esculenta 'Roma'
Paste Tomato, Lycopersicum esculentum
|Nothing can compare to the taste of a homegrown, ripened-on-the-vine Tomato. In all their colors, shapes and sizes, Tomatoes are easy to grow. Cherry Tomatoes produce hundreds of small fruits and grow well in containers. Choose early bearing types, such as 'Early Girl' and 'Quick Pick', where summers are cool or short. Beefsteak Tomatoes with 1- to 2-pound fruits need long, hot summers. For Tomato sauce, use varieties such as 'Roma' with heavy-fleshed fruit. Try the small pear-shaped Tomatoes; the less-acidic, yellow-fruited varieties; and pink or white varieties. Determinate Tomate varieties, such as 'Patio', are smaller, bushy plants with fruit that ripen quickly, but they produce fewer Tomatoes per plant. Indeterminate Tomatoes, such as 'Big Boy', grow until the weather cools. Their larger crops take longer to ripen. Choose varieties resistant to fusarium, verticillium, nematodes, and tobacco mosaic virus. Watch out for hornworms. To encourage roots, remove lower leaves and plant seedlings with up to ¾ of stem in the ground. For larger, earlier Tomatoes, pinch outside shoots. Train large plants on stakes or cages to keep them compact, and keep away fruit from ground moisture and pests. Two to three inches of mulch keep fruit dry and evens soil moisture to prevent blossom end rot, a hard, brown spot on the bottom of fruit. Keep soil well- and evenly-watered to prevent fruit from cracking. Harvest when fruit has developed full color.
Classic oblong, plum-shaped fruit. 'Roma VF' and 'La Roma' resist verticillium and fusarium. 'La Roma' produces 7 times more fruit. 'Roma' bears in 60 to 75 days.
Attributes - Lycopersicon esculenta 'Roma'
Plant Type: Annual
Bloom Season: Late Spring through Mid Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Height: 3 ft. to 5 ft.
Width: 3 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Hot Climates, Wet Soil. Container Plants, Edible. Susceptible to Aphids, Beetles, Black Spot, Caterpillars, Damping-off, Whiteflies.
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