Valentine Tomato (Organic F1 Hybrid 60 Days)
Tremendous yields of early maturing fire red colored grape-type tomatoes. The Valentine Tomato is an AAS winner that is rich and flavorful, firm in texture with meaty Roma-like flesh. Crack-resistant fruits are about the size of an extra-large grape, 1 ½” long by ¾” wide, weigh ½ oz each. The Valentine Tomato has an extended shelf life after harvest. Intermediate resistance to early blight.
Germination: 7-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/4” deep
Starting Indoors: 6 weeks before the 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 the suggested measurement. Transplant out after the last frost. Space 24-36" apart
Sowing Outdoors: Only in areas with very long growing seasons. Sow after the last frost.
Harvest: When fruit is red (or color of the variety planted) and firm.
Tips: The Valentine Tomato needs fertile well-drained soil, amended with compost and/or add organic fertilizer. Keep well watered for optimum growth. Mulching retains moisture and helps with disease. Planting seedlings deeper than they were growing in their pots helps make a stronger roots system. Do not apply excessive nitrogen, which can promote excessive foliage and poor fruit set.