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Solanum lycopersicum


Full Sun

85 Days to Harvest 

2+ Pound Fruits

Plants 2’-3’ apart unstaked, 1’-2’ staked


Giant tomatoes with a mild yet meaty flavor that has won taste tests around the country. Bred by a radiator mechanic in the 1930’s and became popular enough that he used the money he made selling the plants to pay off his mortgage. Plants may need extra support due to the size of the fruit.


Tomatoes grow best in rich fertile soil with regular water. Too much nitrogen will cause plants to put on lots of leaves but delay fruiting. Staking or caging allows closer spacing, helps keep fruit off the ground and away from a number of pests, and improves air flow, helping to keep disease pressure down. Pruning will also aid in air flow and help fruit ripen earlier.

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