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Lot No: 17
Test Date: 03/17
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 June 20, 2010
Surprisingly delicious, salty taste. Incredibly easy to grow. We are growing 13 varieties, and this is the best tasting and highest yielding among the medium size fruits.
by Anonymous on April 6, 2011
I live in Texas and bought Heatwave tomatoes last year. Had super yields of tomatoes. Temps got to 105. No wilting, watered only in early morning and late afternoon when sun went down. no worms, no wilt, great tasting tomatoes, had tomatoes thru August.
by Anonymous on July 14, 2014
Fantastic tomato for high temperatures. Heavy producer, with no problems at all. The San Marzano plot had major problems with blossom end rot. The Heatwaves had no trace of it even though they were on the same watering system. They did well despite the 110+ daytime (85+ nightime) degree temps here in the Las Vegas valley. The last ripening fruit will only ripen to a reddish orange due to the heat affecting the reddening hormone, but it does not affect the flavor. I started them indoors from seed, transplanted to larger pots and hardened them off on the back porch. The 12" plants were in the ground in early March surrounded with with "Walls o' Water" mostly for wind protection. When the Nevada sun started to become intense, the beds were covered with shade cloth.
I will definitely plant the again next year.