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Atkinson Tomato Seeds

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Suitable for Southern States
Atkinson Tomato
SKU: TM419-20
Country Of Origin: USA USA
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Old Fashioned Tomato Flavor
70 day. Solanum lycopersicum. Open Pollinated. Atkinson Tomato. This early maturing plant produces good yields of large 8 to 16 oz light red tomatoes. They are meaty and flavorful. It has a rich old fashioned, tomato flavor. Perfect for salads, sandwiches, slicing, and canning. The plant has heavy foliage which provides protection from the sun. Ideal for growing in southern regions under hot and humid conditions. An excellent choice for home gardens and market growers. Developed in 1966 by Auburn University, Alabama, USA. United States Department of Agriculture, PI 645267. Disease Resistant. V, N. Indeterminate.

Lot No: D7066

Germination: 85%

Test Date: 06/24

Seeds Per Pound: 128,000

Plant Height: 48 to 72” tall

Planting Season: Spring

Sunlight Requirement: Full Sun

Planting Method: Indoor Sow

Tomato Lycopersicon esculentum

Seed DepthSoil Temp. for GerminationDays to GerminationSunlight RequirementsPlanting Time
1/4 to 1/2" 80 F to 85 F 7 to 14 daysFull Sun Spring
USDA Hardiness ZoneSeed SpacingRow SpacingSpace After ThinningDays to Harvest
N/A 1"48" 48"60 - 90 days
Tomato Seed Planting Information:

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 80 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, or cover the pots, as the soil may become too dry or too wet, which can lead to disease and fungus. Do not bottom water the seeds as this causes the seed starting material to become too wet and you will experience poor germination! We have experienced disease and low germination when using these types of products and covering the pots with plastic or covers. 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.

Soil Requirements:

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.

Water Requirements:

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.

Fertilizer Requirements:

Use RootBlast, Vegetable Alive, and Slow Release Fertilizer when transplanting outdoors. Apply Miracle Gro every two weeks.

Harvest Tips:

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.

Growing Calendar
Indoor Germination Temperature: 80 to 85 F
Minimum Outdoor Temperature: Above 70 F
Start Indoors Transplant Start Outdoors Start Indoors Fall Transplant Fall Start Outdoors Fall Multiple Crops
Seed Depth: ¼” to ½“
Days to Germination: 7 to 14 days
Plant Spacing: 48”
Row Spacing: 48”
Sunlight Requirement: Full sun

Days to Harvest after Planting Outdoors: Early Season Tomato: 60 to 65 days Mid-Season Tomato: 70 to 75 days Late Season Tomato: 85 to 90 days

USDA Hardiness Zone: 2 to 11

Use Miracle-Gro© Seed Starting Mix for best germination results.

N – Root-Knot Nematode

Scientific Name: Meloidogyne spp.

Type: Parasites

Nematodes are soil dwelling parasites that feed on plant roots and affect cucumbers, okra, peppers, squash, and tomatoes. Symptoms include yellowing of the leaves, wilting, and stunting of the plant. The plant will have galled and decayed roots. Nematodes are most active when soil temperatures are 85 - 95 F and usually occur when the soil is moisture. Plan on using a 3 year crop rotation and avoid planting in the same location, year after year. Nematodes are most active in warm soils and they need water to thrive so take advantage of summer’s heat to wither them away. Withhold water from nematode infested areas of the garden and turn or till the soil every 7-10 days during the summer to expose nematodes to the drying effects of the sun. Proper tillage practices may be helpful in managing the disease. Certain types of marigolds work by excreting a substance that is damaging to nematodes as well as trapping them in their roots and preventing reproduction. Elbon rye is an effective nematode control that can be planted as a cool season cover crop that is turned under in early spring. The use of soil fumigants like Vapam has been helpful and a fungicide called Actinovate can also be helpful in managing the lowering of the nematode population. Using transparent plastic mulches for 4 to 6 weeks have been shown to kill nematodes. The best option is to use disease resistant varieties.

V – Verticillium Wilt

Scientific Name: Verticillium dahliae

Type: Fungus

Verticillium Wilt is a soil-borne disease that affects the growth of lettuce, peppers, spinach, and tomatoes. This disease is most common in the United States and Europe. In lettuce symptoms include wilting of the lower leaves and then the outer leaves turn yellow, wilt and die. Brown and black streaks appear on the taproot and crown The disease can cause substantial yield loss and total crop loss. It is a seed-borne disease that is spread by farm equipment, wind, and water. The infected plants should be removed and burned to avoid further infestation. The virus can live in weeds, so use weed management techniques. The fungus is very difficult to eradicate once it has been introduced into a field. Plan on using a 4 year crop rotation and avoid planting in the same location, year after year, and can survive in the soil for 14 years. Keep the fields weed free. Deep tilling may be helpful in managing the disease. Thoroughly clean equipment after working in a field. Fumigate fields with methyl bromide. The best option is to use virus-free seeds and disease resistant varieties

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Guest | 4/24/2013 11:39 AM
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.
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Mary | 8/9/2011 6:16 AM
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.
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Mary | 11/29/2010 4:42 AM
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.
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Guest | 3/16/2009 1:02 PM
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.
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