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Solanum lycopersicum


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General Information

My father grows these tomatoes every year. He did not stalk them up like he usually does, so they don't look the best, but boy are they tasty!


Some information I found on growing big boy tomatoes.

Major pests of tomatoes are caterpillars, leaf miner, mites, leaf spot, and wilts.
* Look for disease resistance when buying seeds and transplants. The following symbols denote resistance:
V-Verticillium wilt F- Fusarium wilt FF- Race 1 and 2 fusarium wilt T- Tobacco mosaic
The more letters on the seed package, the more resistant the tomato variety.
Tomatoes with big brown spots on the bottom are afflicted with blossom-end rot. This is a nutritional deficiency caused by a lack of calcium to the plants. Often the calcium is missing from the soil. A pH test taken before planting determines if the soil needs lime, which supplies calcium.
Injury to roots by nematodes can contribute to blossom-end rot. A quick remedy is to supply calcium to big boy tomatoes in a spray. Mix calcium chloride at a rate of 4 Tbsp. to 3 gallons of water. Use a quart per plant and apply the solution twice a week as a foliage feed.
When to Plant
Wait until the danger of a late frost is past to avoid damage to tomato plants.These tomatoes need full sun.
Space between rows- 36-48 inches.
Space Between plants- 18-23 inches.
* To avoid cold temperatures in autumn and excessive heat in late spring, follow the appropriate planting schedule for your region.
When planting from seed, it takes 7 days for seeds to germinate.
Watering Big Boy Tomato

* Keep soil moist but not wet. Water when the surface begins to dry.
* Mulch helps the roots stay cool and extends the time between watering.
Erratic watering may keep necessary calcium from traveling up the stems of the plants and into the fruit.

Harvest & Preserves

Tomato plants set fruit only in temperatures between 55 and 85 degrees.
* Days to harvest from seeds are 90-110. * Days to harvest from transplants are 75-90 days.
For the best flavor big boy tomato, harvest time is when color has developed fully. If harvested when green or pink colored, the color will mature but not the flavor.
Green tomatoes can be harvested then fried, preserved, or pickled.
Grow tomato plants upright, stalked, or in cages making it easier to find pests, spray plants, and harvest fruit. One of the most popular garden varieties, the Big Boy tomato is chosen most for its size and flavor. The plant produces firm, bright red fruits that weigh a pound or more.





Big Boy Tomato
Big Boy Tomato - August 11, 2009



Big Boy Tomato
Big Boy Tomato - August 11, 2009



Big Boy Tomato
Big Boy Tomato - August 11, 2009



Big Boy Tomato
Big Boy Tomato - August 11, 2009



Big Boy Tomato
Big Boy Tomato - August 11, 2009

Comment: Big Boy Tomato, Solanum lycopersicum

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gardengeek
gardengeek
August 11, 2009
Nice Work! Very informative!

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