Tomato La Roma
- Features: Produces grape like clusters of bite sized fruit. elongated tomatoes shaped like romas. Indeterminate vine type.
- Maturity: 49 days to maturity.
- Light: Plant in full sun.
- Soil and water: Use rich, organic material in your soil and as much compost as possible. Tomatoes prefer a slightly acidic soil with a pH of 6.2 to 6.8. Water as needed. Tomatoes need even watering to prevent rotting. Water thoroughly but not too often (twice per week should suffice at first), and try to water early in the day so that plants will dry off before evening. This helps to reduce disease problems. Use drip or soaker hoses whenever possible. Water is used more efficiently this way and the leaves don't get wet.
- Spacing: Space 30-45cm (12-18") apart.
- Height: Grows 120cm (48") in height.
- Garden use: Vegetable garden or raised garden beds. Most tomato plants can also grow in large container gardens.
- Growing tips: Planting depth: bury 2/3 of the plant. Plant your tomatoes quite deep into the ground. The deeper you root your plants, the stronger they will be as they grow. Plant tomatoes after the threat of frost has passed. Tomatoes thrive best when they are grown around chives, onions, parsley, marigolds, nasturtiums, carrots or garlic. Avoid planting tomato plants by cabbages and the potato family. Fertilize weekly. Harvest when fruit is red from top to bottom. Use as much compost as possible. Stake vines when they reach 15 to 30cm (6"-12") in height.
- Culinary use: Typically used in Italian food, sauces and salads. Great for homemade spaghetti sauce and for salsa because the skin is not as tough as other tomato varieties.
Apply a mulch of straw or other loose organic matter 5-8cm (2-3") deep around the plants. This will reduce weed growth and help retain the moisture in the soil.
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