Bella Rosa Tomato is a determinate, hybrid variety with excellent disease resistance for hot and humid climates. This is the perfect variety for areas where growing heirlooms can be quite difficult. Bella Rosa Tomato is resistant to Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus. It will perform better in heat than most varieties and will continue to set fruit once temperatures warm in early summer. Fruits are large, round and firm with exceptional flavor. In our trials, Bella Rosa produced flavor that was consistent with heirloom varieties. For best results, prune bottom stems at transplanting to provide additional airflow to plants. Seeds are pelleted for ease of planting in seed trays.
Tomatoes are in the nightshade family along with peppers and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Tomatoes do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. They grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date. If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting tomatoes, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Tomatoes can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. We recommend using the Florida Weave trellising technique that involves using stakes and twine along the row. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.
Bella Rosa Tomato Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 2′
Row Spacing: 3-4′
Days to Maturity: 70
Disease Tolerance: Alternaria Stem Canker, Fusarium Wilt, Verticillium Wilt, Gray Leaf Spot, Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus