Arkansas Traveler

  • Sun: Full sun
  • Harvest Size: 6 to 8 ounces
  • Days to Harvest: 75
  • Plant Size: 6 to 8 feet
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate

Arkansas Traveler has carried its reputation for mild flavor, as well as crack and heat resistance, from the late 1800s. These heirloom tomatoes from the Ozark Mountains are pink, medium-sized, and delicious. We recommend planting both hybrids and heirlooms. Hybrids generally bear more and have better disease resistance. Heirlooms have old-fashioned flavor and looks.

Plant anytime from after the last frost in spring through early summer. If you buy early, you can keep plants on a sunny windowsill until the weather warms. To plant early, protect plants with row cover.

Plant spacing: 36 inches apart in conventional rows, 24 to 30 inches in intensive gardens. Plants per person: 2 to 3.

Secrets to Success »

Plant deeply so that two-thirds of the plant is buried, stem and all. The buried stem will sprout roots, adding to the strength of the plant. Fertilize when planting and during the growing season with Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food.

Water regularly. Tomatoes need steady watering to develop to full size and to prevent cracking and blossom end rot. To keep the soil moist, mix compost into planting holes, and mulch around the plants after the soil warms. Watering with a soaker hose is best to keep the foliage dry. Wet leaves encourage disease. Where the season is long, plant a second crop in early to mid summer for a fall harvest.

Harvest and Use »

Pick ripe tomatoes and slice for an old-fashioned club sandwich or BLT. The rosy color makes a pretty addition to salads or Spanish gazpacho, which brings together the best flavors of summer. Red-colored tomatoes are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, including cancer-fighting lycopene.

Try These Garden Companions »

  • Roma tomato for cooking and thick sauces.
  • Big Beef, Goliath, Park's Whopper, or Red Beefsteak (indeterminate types) for giant fruit.
  • German Johnson, Cherokee Purple, Red or Pink Brandywine for big heirlooms.
  • Chocolate Cherry, Husky Cherry Red, Grape, Juliet, Sun Sugar, Super Sweet 100, Yellow Pear for cherry tomatoes that bear all season.
  • Homestead, Celebrity, Mountain Pride, Rutgers, Solar Fire, and Roma (determinate types) for a big harvest in a short time.
  • Chocolate Cherry, Husky Cherry Red, Grape, Juliet, Sun Sugar, Super Sweet 100, Yellow Pear, or any cherry tomato, which bears all season.
  • Sweet basil for tomato-and-basil salad or sandwich.
  • Parsley, basil, oregano and rosemary for Continental cuisine.

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