We have sold out of untreated Early Girl Tomato. It is only available now as treated seed. It is treated with the fungicide Thiram.
Ask any greenhouse around here what the best selling tomato is, they will tell you Early Girl. Modest-sized plants mature rapidly and begin to yield 4-6 ounce fruit within a couple months of transplanting. Yield will continue to be good until frost, so this may be the only one you need. It is a nice juicy tomato with a rich red color, loose texture, and fine sweet flavor. VF1 & 2
Germination: 7-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/4” deep
Starting Indoors: 6 weeks before last frost. Provide 75-80ºF soil temperatures. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot, thin to the strongest seedling or use the 20 Row seedling flat, transplanting into individual pots when seedlings get their 3rd set of leaves. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water soluble fertilizer, diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement. Transplant out after last frost. Space 24-36" apart
Sowing Outdoors: Only in areas with very long growing seasons. Sow after last frost.
Harvest: When fruit is red (or color of the variety planted) and firm.
Tips: Plant in fertile soil, amended with compost, mulch and provide even moisture. Plant deeper than they were growing in the containers as it makes a stronger roots system. Apply a light compost tea every few weeks. Do not apply excessive nitrogen, which can promote excessive foliage and poor fruit set.