Tomato Roma, also known as Solanum lycopersicum, is a classic roma tomato plant. This variety reaches 18" wide and 30-36" tall caged or staked in the garden. Fruits are about 3" long and 2 ounces, superior for paste, sauce, and canning. This plant is determinate, disease resistant, and matures in about 75 days. Tomatoes flourish in full sun with regular water, an obvious addition to the vegetable garden. For a beefstake variety well-suited to slicing, grow Cherokee.
Tomato Roma Selling Tips
Sell Tomato Roma to customers looking for a classic roma tomato for the vegetable garden and culinary use. This variety offers tomatoes on a determinate plant that flourishes in warm weather and full sun. The plant produces 2-ounce fruits best for paste, sauce, and canning. Grow tomatoes alongside peppers, zucchini, and onions in the garden. Germinating tomato plants from seed can be tricky, so customers love finding a wide variety of plants available at the local nursery.
Coach Your Customer
1. Plant outside once nighttime temperatures are consistently 60 degrees. Space plants 18" apart in well-drained soil in full sun.
2. Till soil 8-10" deep and cover with dark mulch about a week before planting to warm the soil. Mulch will also help maintain moisture throughout the growing season.
3. Water regularly, one or two inches of rainwater or irrigation per week. Supplement rainwater by watering at the base of the plant in dry weather. Water thoroughly once or twice a week to give the roots plenty of consistent water and help prevent cracking on fruits.
4. Cage tomato plants or tie them loosely to a stake. Trim side shoots and prune plants to encourage fruit-bearing branches to flourish. Remove the bottom 6-10" of leaves once the plant has reached 12" tall or more to prevent disease and keep fruit from touching the ground.
5. Harvest tomatoes throughout the season once they are ripe. Just before frost, pick all the almost-ripe fruits and ripen them on a newspaper at room temperature. Store tomatoes temporarily at 50-60 degrees. Don't refrigerate them. For long-term storage, freeze or can any variety.
General Growing Tips For Your Seedling Tray
For best results with Tomato Roma, plant one seedling per 1801 cell or 4-inch container. Use well-drained soil with a pH of 5.5-6.2, EC less than 1.0 mS/cm, temperatures of 60-70 daytime and 50-60 nighttime, light levels of 4,000-5,000 fc, and medium feed (150-200 ppm N). This plant doesn't require pinching, and we don't recommend using PGRs on vegetables. You may see aphids and whiteflies. Root rot can develop in overly wet conditions.
This plant is grown for culinary use.
This plant doesn't require pinching.
Space containers for adequate airflow and sunlight penetration to the soil level of each plant.
We don't recommend using chemical growth regulators on vegetable plants.
Watch for aphids and whiteflies.
Coach Your Customer: Pests can attack tomato plants in the garden, most notably nematodes and tomato hornworms. Plant tomatoes in a different location every year, especially if nematodes have eaten the roots of your plants in the previous year. Marigolds often repel nematodes planted alongside tomatoes. Look out for tomato hornworms, large green caterpillars that eat the foliage. Remove them by hand to a bucket of soapy water. If the hornworm is covered in white spots, leave the worm and eggs on the plant. Those white spots are wasp eggs that parasitize the hornworm and benefit your garden.
Tomatoes aren't prone to disease but root rot can develop in overly wet conditions. Water at the base of each plant in the morning, allowing the soil to dry between waterings. Provide good airflow in your greenhouse and space containers so air and sunlight can reach the base of each plant.
Planting Tomato Roma Liners
We recommend planting one seedling per 1801-cell or 4-inch container. Use well-drained soil and center the seedling in the container. Cell packs finish in 2-3 weeks.
Rooted Cuttings Cuttings vary in size between different plant families. These rooted starter plants will arrive ready to be transplanted in to your final container. If they are to be used in a landscape application, you will need to establish them in a 4 inch pot or an 1801 before planting outside.
Tomato Roma Quick Reference Guide
|4 Inch crop time||4-5 Weeks|