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65 days. One of the earliest roma types to ripen in our trials, Nova exploded with fruit before most other saucing types. Meaty, lipstick red, 1 ½ inch by 2 inch fruit is elongated with a pointed end. Compact, determinate plants. Start your tomato canning and sauce making early with this delightful, excellent tasting tomato.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Abundant harvest

These were insanely productive and perfect for sauce making. They had a difficult, cold, wet start here at 1000ft elevation in the PNW. I can't recommend enough. No disease pressure, minimal maintenance, and extremely productive. The harvest started early and was continuous until the end of the season.

Melinda F.
Nova- very productive!

Very cold wet start this year- these were the most successful tomatoes in the garden. I planted in early June and then 2 weeks later 2 more plants.... the later ones were the most successful however all plants were covered with fruit. I would definitely plant again! I had no issues of any kind.

Tasty and dependable

These tidy plants have worked well in a variety of conditions without splitting or end rot. The tomatoes are great in sauces and also dehydrated as sundried tomatoes. They keep their rich tangy flavor and are firm enough once picked to last a few days before eating or processing. If you have not had previous luck growing tomatoes, give these a try. Several years now growing these, we think Nova well worth the garden space.

Ben K.

I garden in Taos NM, elevation 7300. I literally don't set out my tomato plants until the 1st of June. I can a lot of tomatoes so I have to focus on early varieties. Ive had problems with all the paste tomatoes that are top shelf tasters. They either have to ripen in the garage or I lose half the crop to end rot. I can get good production out of super sauce, but the taste is just not like an heirloom roma. Last season I tried both the Pomodoro and the Nova. The Pomodoro had very poor production, tasted so so, but no end rot. Three of my 25 tomato plants were Nova. Not impressed with the size of the plant or fruit, but there was more red than green on these little dudes. No end rot, deep red and early. Taste was almost as good as a San Marzano. I did not track how many pints of tomato sauce I put up from these three plants but they were a workhorse.

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.

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

• 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

• 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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