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Lot No: 135347-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 October 25, 2007
Bought the seeds from Reimer Seeds last year! Beautiful and tasty tomatoes, though not as prolific as other varieties!
Tasty fruit and hardy plants that resisted both deseases and insects. The fruits were orange red and grew to a nice size.
by Anonymous on April 7, 2011
I have been growing HIllbilly Tomatos for a few years. I love them. They have been plentiful, large, sweet, meaty, and they have produced through October. They are not the prettiest tomatoe but to my friends and my family; they are one of our favorites.
by Anonymous on August 24, 2011
I bought this as a 6 inch high plant from a farm market. The plant is now over 6 FEET tall! Has only about 12 tomatoes but they are huge. I sliced into one that was just turning with some red and it was great for a sandwich. I will buy again. Looks like a large yellow/orange beefsteak. Only complaint is that they have deep creases on top of fruit.
by Anonymous on March 5, 2014
Love, love love those tomatoes. The taste is superb and had those tomatoes all thru October...unfortunately the chipmonks had preferred them as well....