Mountain Vineyard Tomato is a hybrid, grape tomato variety that produces loads of some of the best-tasting cherry tomatoes we’ve ever had! This variety has the “crimson gene,” which gives it a dark red color and makes it rich in lycopene. Lycopene is a plant nutrient that has many antioxidant properties that help to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Mountain Vineyard Tomato fruits grow on compact, indeterminate vines that require a trellis, but not to the extent that traditional indeterminate varieties do. The plants will benefit from heavy pruning early. The fruits are dark red without any yellowing around the stem end.
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 seeds. 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. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.
Mountain Vineyard 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: 75
Disease Resistance: Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus, Fusarium Wilt, Verticillium Wilt, Gray Leaf Spot