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Lot No: 15-342-O
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 February 3, 2009
We planted this variety the year before last. (We would have planted them last year too, but were unable to find any.) We think its great that they have 50% more lycopene, but even better is that they are really excellent plum type tomatoes! Much larger than the runty ones we had when we couldn't find Health Kick. They produced a superior yield, and were healthier as well.
by Anonymous on September 30, 2011
This is with out a doubt the best new tomato that's come out in many years.It's good yielding,early,uniform, disease resistant...and flavorful.This my third year of growing them under tough conditions (wet/cold)I will be planting them again! Wisconsin grower.
by Anonymous on January 18, 2015
I have grown these tomatoes for a few years now it seems the size is not at large as the first year I grew them maybe it is just because they were so much bigger than the old roma I grew. I cut my tomatoes in half and put them in my smoker they are meaty enough to hold together. the skin just slides off and I have the best flavored tomatoes to can or puree for the thickest ready to use sauce
by Anonymous on May 29, 2012
I first picked this variety up back in 1995 at a local nursery in Pittsburgh, PA. I admit it, I scoffed at the extra healthy claim but picked up a couple plants just to try them out. They quickly out performed my families prefered Romas!
Well for the next decade my garden consists of at least a dozen Health Kick tomato plants.
I moved to Niagara Falls, NY and was thrilled to find Health Kick tomatos available. They were a big hit with my friends and neighbors.
Well then I moved to lower north eastern Ohio and nobody heard of Health Kick. None of my local nurseries had it and the Amish never heard of them either.
This year (2012) I made a special trip to Pittsburgh just to pick up Health Kick tomato plants.
I'm a happy gardener this year!
I have found this tomato to be perfect for everything except sandwiches (I prefer a huge slice on my sandwich :-) ). Delicious warm off the vine, fresh bruchetta, chili, red sauce, salads, YOU NAME IT!
Great producer of firm and meaty tomatoes consistent in size.
You'll never waste your time with Romas after trying this variety out.
by Anonymous on October 25, 2010
This is my faavorite tomato for paste and salad variety, but like you I was unable to find any plants and was very disappointed that I did not get any this year.