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Lot No: D7066
Test Date: 12/16
Tomato plants should be grown in a warm areas and receive plenty of sunlight,
so choose a sunny spot in your garden. Relocate your tomato plants in
different parts of your garden each year to avoid diseases. Optimum
temperatures for growing tomatoes are between 65 and 85 degrees F. Plant your
seeds indoors 10 to 12 weeks before setting outside. Use Miracle Gro Seed
Starting Material for best germination results. We have tested other Seed
Starting Mix and experienced poor germination rates. You may have to special
order the Miracle Gro Seed Starting Potting Mix from your nursery, as it is
hard to find it at many of the large home and garden centers. Do not add any
soil, fertilizers, and other chemicals to seed starting material! Do not use
jiffy peat pots, plugs, or potting soil as the soil becomes too dry or too
wet, which can lead to disease and fungus. We have experienced disease and low
germination when using these types of products. When seedlings are 4" tall,
transplant them in larger pots. Plants should be at least 10" tall before
transplanting outdoors. Place plants outdoors in shady area several days
before transplanting outdoors. Shelter the transplants to prevent sunburn,
wilting, and rain damage. Spring planting should occur when soil is warm, at
least 3 weeks after last frost, and when temperatures remain above 70 degrees
F. You can plant early if you use water towers. To prevent branches from
breaking from the weight of tomatoes, use 5 to 6 ft tall cages. To tie plants
to stakes, use soft strips of cloth. Check indeterminate plants regularly, and
pinch off suckers and side branches where leaves join the stems. Plants can grow
1 to 6 ft tall.
Requires fertile slightly acid soil in a well drained location in the garden. Apply mulch and grass clippings, or
straw around base of plant. Work the soil thoroughly before planting. Add
well-rotted manure and compost.
Keep soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Water well during dry and hot spells. Water
in the morning only, on the side of the plants and not directly on the leaves.
Use RootBlast, Vegetable Alive, and Slow Release Fertilizer when
transplanting outdoors. Apply Miracle Gro every two weeks.
Harvest tomatoes when they are fully mature using a garden scissor so
you don't damage the plant. Pick them as they mature to encourage new
fruit to form. Remove any decayed tomatoes from the plant.
by Anonymous on March 16, 2009
Released by Walter Greenleaf Auburn University (My major professor). I always grow some of these in LA (lower Alabama. Excellent flavor, high acid, ideal flavor and size for canning.
by Mary on November 28, 2010
One of the best tomatoes for flavor and yield. Plants were very healthy. My father grew these in Huntsville, Alabama, in the 60's and I've been searching for the seed for years. This season we were picking tomatoes into October in western NC. Highly recommended. High acid and a great old-fashhioned real "tomato" taste.
by Anonymous on April 22, 2013
I grew Atkinson tomatoes in Selma, AL in 1980-1983. I now live in SC and found this variety locally as plants. It was the best tomato ever -- even a little better than Celebrity which I have grown the last 15 years. This year I'll have Atkinsons that I have not had since 1983.
by Mary on August 9, 2011
This is our second year to grow Atkinsons. The tomatoes are consistently well-shaped, very flavorful, and have no disease problems. Far better than plants purchased in big box stores - a tomato with an old timey taste.