Friday, June 7, 2013

ACE 55 VF Tomato


I only bought one full sized tomato seed variety last year and it happened to be this one. This plant gets big. Be sure to stake it or cage it. I tried growing it using the Kratky method. The fruit did not grow that large for me, so I neglected to post a photo of it. I may try growing it again in soil next year.

Annual or Perennial?: Annual
Germination time: 7-14 days
Days until maturity: 80 days
Light requirements: Full sun (6+ hours)
Plant size: Large
Spacing: 18 inches
Temperature: Warm
Difficulty: Medium
Traits: Semi-determinate
Companion plants: Carrots, lettuce, basil, marigolds. Do not plant near beans, the extra nitrogen causes too much leave growth.
Special needs: Use a tomato cage or a stake to support plants when planting or once the plant grows large enough.

When to plant: It is best to start tomatoes indoors about 2 months before the average last frost date. In warmer climates, it is possible to start the seed outdoors after nights have warmed above 50 degrees.

How to grow: Plant in a suitable sized container (1-5 gallons) or in the soil spaced 18" away from other plants. Keep well watered, using nitrogen fertilizer early on, and phosphorous fertilizer as flowers begin to form. Plants can grow over 4 feet tall.

How to harvest: Pick tomatoes when ripe. The fruit will be red when it is ready.

Photos:

Seed
Seedling
1-2 weeks

5-6 weeks
Fruit forming
Plant at harvest
(TBD?)



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