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RED VELVET

RED VELVET

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45 days. Red Velvet’s super tight habit and exquisitely sweet, bite-sized fruit make it a must-have for the windowsill and patio gardener. Quite at home in a 4–6 inch pot, this little jewel grows only 6–8 inches tall and wide and sports dark green foliage with clusters of bright red cherry tomatoes. Determinate plants.

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Gardening isn’t restricted to people with enough land for planting. Recently we’re seeing a huge push for breeding development in food-producing plants that will flourish in containers with minimal care. We’ve hand-selected this assortment based on flavor, yield, ease of cultivation and appearance, so our gardeners with windowsill or patio space can enjoy the rewards of growing their own food at home. Each of these varieties produces attractive plants with lots of tasty fruit. Staking is recommended.
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Diane
Cute little plant

Sweet round tomatoes! Dora produced more for me but this plant stayed smaller. I had plants delivered end of May and in July started picking small red sweet tomatoes. In the Seattle area, my full size plants are just setting fruit and it's usually a race to get them to ripen before fall hits. This plant has been through unseasonable wet cold weather which then became 30* hotter. Red Velvet seems a bit more prone to blight so prune those lower leaves and be sure to water the soil rather than the plant. It stays so small, I think next time I will try it in a sunny window sill. If you want a super compact plant and a few tomatoes to snack on, this is the one. If you want a plant that is nearly as small but more production (considering the size of the plant) go for Dora.

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Trav S.
Early? Yes. That fast? Not quite.

Planted in February with a heat mat, up potted to one gallon containers on March 31. I harvested my first ripe fruit on June 9. That's 70 days from transplant, not 45. Still, it was my first ripe tomato of the year and it came from a plant that was outside (not in the house or greenhouse). I sowed four seeds. Four plants grew. One seems to have shrubbed out- it is still alive, but it is sort of wound around itself like the dwarfing characteristic has totally taken over. One is the opposite, tallish (about 9-10 inches) and thin with one green fruit set and the other two appear to have more fruit than leaves, with 2-3 fruit per plant turning orange as I am writing (June 10). I expect them to ripen in a couple of days. Taste is okay. Firm texture. Size is on the smaller side of cherry tomatoes. It will definitely produce some decent little tomatoes in very limited space (with a tiny bit of Miracle Grow from time to time as the small amount of soil doesn't hold many nutrients). Worth a shot for apartment dwellers or a fruiting centerpiece.

Soil Temp for Germ 70-90°F
Seed Depth 1/4"
Days to Emergence 6-14
Soil Temp for Transp 55°F
Plant Spacing See below
Row Spacing 3-4'
Fertilizer Needs High
Minimum Germination 80%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 280-320
Seed Life 3 years



Lycopersicon lycopersicum The first ripe, juicy tomato of summer is a delicious milestone of the season for gardeners. Each year we test and evaluate more than 250 tomato varieties to bring you the most flavorful, best performing selections, for every desired use. An array of nutrients and antioxidants including the especially potent lycopene, found in its highest concentration in tomatoes, supports healthy eyesight, cardiovascular health, cancer-fighting capacity, and more.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplant.

Culture
Determinate tomatoes: grow compactly, sprawling laterally, usually do not require staking, and fruit ripens over a short period of time
Indeterminate tomatoes: grow on long vines, generally require pruning to 1 or 2 leaders that need to be trellised
• Fertile, well-drained raised beds covered with plastic mulch promote early growth and better yields
• Tomatoes are high feeders and will benefit from regular fertilization with Age Old Bloom
• To prevent blossom end rot use a high calcium amendment
• Overwatering can cause fruit to crack

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended

Transplanting
• Sow seeds in trays 6-8 weeks before anticipated transplant date; up-pot into 3-4 inch pots when the first set of true leaves appears
• Strong light and cooler temperatures (60-70°F) prevent plants from getting leggy
• Fertilize with Age Old Grow every 10-14 days
• When transplanting work in compost, 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer, and handful of bone meal
• Determinates can be spaced 18-24 inches apart, indeterminates 24-36 inches apart
• Tomatoes can be buried up to the top 2 sets of leaves
• Use Kozy-Coats or Victorian Bell Cloches to protect young plants

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Flea beetles and tomato hornworms
Insect control: Pyrethrin or row cover for flea beetles, and Monterey B.t. for tomato hornworms
Common diseases: Early and late blight
Disease prevention: A strict 3-4 year rotation, remove vines at the end of the year, fungicide

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when fully ripe, do not refrigerate for best flavor
• Green fruit should be ripened in a cool, dark area; make sure fruit are not touching

KEY TO TOMATO DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
• HR indicates high resistance.
• IR indicates intermediate resistance.
• Aal | Alternaria Stem Canker
• AB | Early (Alternaria) Blight
• B | Bacterial Wilt
• F* | Fusarium Wilt
• FOR | Fusarium Crown and Root Rot
• L | Gray Leaf Spot
• LB* | Late Blight
• LM* | Leaf Mold
• N | Roundworm | Nematode
• PL | Corky Root Rot
• PST | Bacterial Speck
• RK | Root-Knot
• TMV | Tobacco Mosaic Virus
• ToANV* | Tomato Apex Necrotic Virus
• ToMV* | Tomato Mosaic Virus
• TSWV | Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
• TYLCV | Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus
• V* | Verticillium Wilt
* Numbers and letters indicate specific disease race.

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