Southern Ripe Tomato is a hybrid, determinate tomato variety with an exceptional disease-package and heavy yields. This variety produces large, deep red fruits that have a flattened or deep oblate shape. Fruits are excellent when picked vine-ripe, but may also be harvested when turning pink if pests are an issue.
Southern Ripe Tomato requires no pruning and has extremely vigorous plants. These plants are resistant to a wide range of diseases including tomato spotted wilt virus, gray leaf spot and even root knot nematodes. This is a great canning variety for preserving the harvest.
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. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.
Southern Ripe 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: 85
Disease Resistance: Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus, Alternaria Stem Canker, Fusarium Crown and Root Rot, Gray Leaf Spot, Verticillium Wilt, Root Knot Nematode