Growing Tomatoes

Organic Vegetable Gardening
Fact Sheet

Botanical name: Lycopersicon esculentum


Tomato Plant

Tomato Plant

Planting time: SU
Seeds per ounce: 11000
Ounces per square foot: 0.006
Minimum legal germination rate: 75%
Germination type:

Short Germinating seeds

Growing Tomatoes from seed is easy. You can also purchase seedlings from local nurseries and get an even faster start. Tomatoes need plenty of room and full sun.

There are two types of Tomatoes, determinate and indeterminate.

Determinate types are bushier and more compact than indeterminate types. Determinates are better suited to smaller growing areas.  

Indeterminate types have sprawling vines and need support. Tomatoes are heavy feeders, so it's important to make sure there's plenty of compost mixed into the growing area. When transplanting your young Tomato plants bury them deeper than the previous soil level. Planting your Tomatoes deeper encourages healthily initial growth and stronger plants.


Tomatoes are very sensitive to too much water or too little. It's important to not allow the soil to dry out or keep it too wet.

Caution: When growing Tomatoes always remind yourself - they do not like their leaves wet. To prevent diseases, water only the soil below and around your Tomato plants.


In garden spacing (inches): 20
In flat spacing (inches): 1
Planting depth (inches): 1/4
Maximum number of plants per square foot: .5
Nutrient relationship:: Heavy Feeder


Days to maturity: 56-91
Harvesting period (days): 119
Minimum yields in pounds /square foot: 1


Diseases: Bacterial Canker, Bacterial Speck, Bacterial Spot, Blossom End Rot, Early Tomato Blight, Gray Leaf Spot, Late Tomato Blight, Septoria Leaf Spot, Southern Blight, Spotted Wilt Virus, Tomato Anthracnose, Tomato Mosaic, Verticillium Wilt.
Insect pests:(Insect Pest Finder) Army Cutworm, Brown Stink Bug, Cabbage Looper, Colorado Potato Beetle, Cutworm, Eastern Field Wireworm, Flea Beetle, Green Peach Aphid, Greenhouse Whitefly, Leafminer, Margined Blister Beetle, Southern Green Stink Bug, Striped Blister Beetle, Tomato Hornworm


Heirloom Tomatoes (non-hybrid):

Ace, Allerbest, Amish Paste, Anna Russian, Arkansas Traveler, Aunt Ruby’s German Green, Banana Legs, Besser, Big Rainbow, Big Red, Black From Tula, Black Krim, Black Prince, Black Sea Man, Bloody Butcher, Bonny Best, Box Car Willie, Brandywine, Brandywine, Black, Brandywine, Pink, Brandywine, Red, Brandywine, Yellow, Brown Berry, Cherokee Purple, Christmas Grapes, Cosmonaut Volkov, Costoluto Genovese, Crimson Cushion, Cuostralee, Czech’s Bush, Delicious, Druzba, Dutchman, Elbe, First Pick, Garden Peach, German Pink, German Red Strawberry, Giant Beefsteak, Giant Belgium, Giant Syrian, Gold Medal, Golden Queen, Goliath, Grandma Freida's, Green Grape, Hillbilly, Homestead 24, Hungarian, Italian Giant Paste 10, Italian Heirloom, Jeff Davis, Jefferson Giant, Jubilee, Large Red Cherry, Lemon Drop -, Long Keeper, Manitoba, Marglobe, Marion, Martino’s Roma, Matt’s Wild Cherry, Mexico Midget, Mini Orange, Mortgage Lifter, Mountain Princess, Mule Team, Nebraska Wedding, Nectarine, Nyagous, Old Brooks, Old Virginia, Opalka, Oregon Spring 55-8, Pearson Improved, Picardy, Pineapple, Pink Oxheart, Plum Lemon, Polish, Polish Paste, Ponderosa, Porter, Principe Borghese, Prudens Purple, Purple Calabash, Purple Russian, Red Pear, Red Zebra, Riesentraube, Roma, Rutgers, San Marzano, Sausage, Scarlet Beefsteak, Schellenberg's Favorite, Silvery Fir Tree, Soldacki, Stone, Striped Cavern, Striped German, Stupice, Sugar Lump, Super Italian Paste, Super Sioux, Swiss Alpine, Thessaloniki, Tiffin Mennonite, Tigerella, Tiny Tim, Trophy, Urbikany, Watermelon Beefsteak, White Cherry, White Wonder, Wins All, Yellow Pear


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