An absolutely excellent heirloom tomato—firm, meaty, 3″ oblong fruits with few seeds, on compact vines that are very productive. As a determinate type, most of the fruits ripen at the same time, which makes this tomato a good choice for canning. In areas with a long growing season, a second planting will double your harvest!
Botanical Name: Solanum lycopersicum
Days to Maturity: 80 days from transplanting
Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
Plant Dimensions: About 36″ tall, 18″ wide
Variety Information: 3″ x 1 ½”, 5-6 oz. oblong, red fruits with few seeds. Italian 'Roma' is a determinate type tomato.
Type: Determinate, Paste, Slicer (Learn more)
When to Sow Outside: For mild climates only: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting. Transplant when air temperature is 45°F or warmer, usually 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–90°F.
Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
Seed Depth: ¼”
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24″
Row Spacing: 36″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 24″
Harvesting: 'Italian Roma' tomatoes are at the peak of sun-ripened deliciousness when red, and have a slight give when gently squeezed.
This packet yields approximately 24 plants when started inside. 30 seeds.