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Tomatoes in the Mobile and Gulf Coast Region
Posted by Liz Duthie on
Tomato plants to order for pick up on Saturday, February 27th 9 am to noon!
Varieties of heirloom and new tomato plants selected by Bill Finch - proven true and tested in our climate, and full of flavor!
- Grow them in sun - 6-8 hours a day is a must!
- They need good rich composted soil with a pH from 6.2 to 6.8 - and a time release or organic fertilizer helps them through the season
- Applying a 2-4 inch layer of mulch in April, after the soil has warmed up, will help keep down weeds and keep the soil evenly moist.
- The number of days given is the average time between planting out and the maturing of the first fruit.
- Determinate - The plants reach a certain height and then stop growing. The majority of their fruit matures within a few weeks of each other. Great for those who like to can, make sauce, or freeze their crops.
- Indeterminate - These plants continue to grow and produce tomatoes throughout the season. They need support (mostly 5ft +) They throw out a lot of shoots, and some like to prune those for optimum-size fruit, or to train them on trellises, but pruning the side shoots is not essential.
- There are some varieties that are semi-determinate because they are somewhere in between - they are best if supported.
- Heirloom tomatoes have been around for a while, and are not hybrids
- Hybrid tomatoes are crosses of different varieties, and offer better disease resistance, higher yield and other improvements.
- Follow all advice given by Bill Finch in the Mobile Press, Online, and on the radio!!