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80-85 days. This beautiful tomato hails from the Umpqua River Valley in southern Oregon. One of the most versatile open-pollinated, determinate varieties we have run across in a long time. The fire-engine red fruit grow upwards of two pounds each, are very thick and meaty, and can be enjoyed much like eating an apple. The Umpqua River Valley is in the heart of the best timber country in the world. You can just imagine this deep-flavored, smooth, and heavy heirloom tomato earning a coveted spot in hard working turn-of-the-century loggers’ and mill workers’ lunch boxes. Not only for its substantial size and meatiness, but for its ability to be eaten by hand without juice running all over the chin. Its girth and thickness make meaty-thick slices for sandwiches, as it can span from crust to crust. Even night-before-made workday sandwiches will not be soggy by lunchtime. You can even enjoy it with salt, just as you would your watermelon. Umpqua Beauty’s dense flesh also makes it one of the best paste and sauce tomatoes you can grow. This dependable crop is a truly great choice for all-around use. If you ever find yourself only able to grow one tomato variety, you should definitely consider growing Umpqua Beauty. 

Tom Johns throws out a special thanks to his childhood pal Jimmy Gilmore for donating his Umpqua Beauty discovery to Territorial Seed Company. Jim found this tomato from a local seed saver who was living in the Bandon area of the Southern Oregon coast. She proclaimed this was an old favorite of early arrivals to the Umpqua River Valley, near Roseburg OR.
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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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