Tomato San Marazano
- Features: These early harvesters produce a large crop of pear shaped, thick walled tomatoes perfect for sauces or eating on their own. They contain a high amount of pectin, giving sauces a natural consistency. Marzano tomatoes are thinner and pointier in shape. The flesh is thick with fewer seeds, and the taste is much stronger, sweeter and less acidic. Many people describe the taste as bittersweet. Indeterminate vine type.
- Maturity: 70-80 days / 140-200g in average weight.
- Light: Plant in full sun.
- Soil and water: Well drained, moist soil. Best with compost. An all purpose, timed release fertilizer is recommended with a pH of 5.5 to 7. 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: Plant 60-90cm (24-36") apart.
- Height: 1.6m (62") in height.
- Garden use: Vegetable garden or raised garden beds. This variety suits a small garden or containers.
- Growing tips: When planting bury 2/3 of the plant. Plant tomatoes after the threat of frost has passed. Plant your tomatoes quite deep into the ground. The deeper you root your plants, the stronger they will be as they grow. 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.
- Culinary use: This tomato is great for snacks, very colourful in salads, soups, pasta sauces, pastes and canning. Also can be used for freezing.
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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