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Product Number: 41601

RUTGERS TOMATO (73 days)

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Determinate. This tomato remains the most popular with many farmstand owners from Maine to New Jersey. Rutgers was developed by the Campbell Soup Company for processing but is also a superb slicer. Uniform 7 ounce fruits are a brilliant red with a terrific full bodied flavor. 25 seeds.

PLANTING:

Indoors- 6 weeks before last frost, 1/4” deep with soil temperatures 75 degrees. Liquid fertilize seedlings every 7-10 days. Transplant out 24-36” apart after last frost when soil is 55-60 degrees and night temperatures are over 45 degrees.

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.

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06/19/2016
Michael Kale

Best tasting of all tomatoes, but INDETERMINATE

I have grown all the heirloom tomatoes and in my opinion Rutgers is the best tasting of all. However, this strain is INDETERMINATE. The vines grow from 8 to 12 feet long in my garden. They are ideal for staking when pruned to 1 or 2 stems, but not at all suitable for sprawling on the ground. I have told Pinetree this several times but they continue to list the variety as determinate.

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