Tomato, Black Plum
What home gardener doesn’t love growing tomatoes? Probably one of the most popular plants to grow in a home garden and is a must-have annual. Kids love it. You’ll love it. Everyone loves it! Fun, simple, easy, aromatic, and will be abundant if cared for. Some tomatoes will continue to produce the entire span of their growing cycle. Some tomatoes will grow to a certain size, flower, and mass produce their fruits all at once. See the growth variety below.
This indeterminate black plum tomato, also known as black Roma is a favorite plum-shaped tomato for its color and flavor and is commonly used for making salsa or sauces. These plants are heavy producers of 2-inch-long and 1-inch-wide fruits that weigh 2 ounces. They have beautiful reddish-brown skin with greyish-green shoulders.
Determinate (Bush): Varieties do not need pruning and may be grown with or without support; fruit ripens within a concentrated time.
Indeterminate (Climbing): Varieties should be staked, trellised, or caged, and pruned for best results; fruit ripens over an extended period.
Days to Maturity: 75-80 days
Plant size: Indeterminate (will continue to grow)
Plant spacing: 24-36” apart
Sun, soil, and water requirement: Tomatoes thrive in full sun and grow best in well-drained soil, heavy with organic matter. Water deeply to encourage root growth and a sturdier plant.
Pruning: You can prune or chose not to. Pruning can help air circulation and reduce the chances of disease.
Harvesting: At the earliest, tomato fruits can be harvested when the bottom shows some orange. Fruits picked three-quarters to fully ripe will taste better than those picked earlier. Fruits should be harvested more frequently if cracking or splitting is a problem.
Culinary: The list of what you can do with tomatoes is endless…
Nutrients: Tomatoes are a good source of several vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin K.
Transplanting: At planting, remove all side shoots to leave the tomato plant with only one main stem. Plant tomatoes with part of the stem buried so the soil level is just below the lowest set of leaves. Additional roots will develop along the buried stem portion. Water your new plant well, and regularly as it establishes itself. Tomatoes will need more water the bigger they get.
Companion planting: Plant near asparagus, basil, carrots, gooseberries, mustard, parsley, onions, rosemary, sage, stinging nettles, borage, chives, nasturtiums, peppers, garlic, leaf lettuce, beans, celery, dill, melons, radish, spinach, and thyme. Keep away from fennel, kohlrabi, potatoes, walnuts, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, and kale.
** Pots and plants may vary from the picture depending on the size and maturity ordered. All plants have been carefully hardened off and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent garden home or pot once delivered.
** Growing details provided are general. Conditions will change depending on your location, elevation, climate, rainfall, and accessible sunlight.
** Nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.