- Sun: Full sun
- Harvest Size: 10 to 12 ounces
- Days to Harvest: 70-90 days
- Plant Size: 3 to 4 feet
- Plant Type: Determinate
BHN 602 tomato is the secret weapon of gardeners in hot, humid areas. Equipped with an alphabet soup of disease resistance, this plant fights off challenges and bears delicious fruit. It is a classic round tomato, perfect for slicing. In our Alabama test garden, where the growing season is long and growing conditions are excellent, plants produce 40 to 80 fruits each in a two-month harvest season, depending on conditions.
Plant tomatoes in spring (after danger of frost is passed) through early summer. If you shop early, you may keep the plants in a sunny windowsill for a week or two until the weather warms. If you plant early to beat the season, protect plants from cold with a lightweight blanket or row cover.
Disease resistance: VF123SW. Plant spacing: 36 inches apart in conventional rows, 24 to 30 inches in intensive gardens. Plants per person: 2 to 5 at each planting.
Secrets to Success »
Plant deeply so that two-thirds of the plant is buried, stem and all. It will sprout roots to make a stronger plant. Support with a stake, trellis, or wire cage, even in a pot. Water regularly. Tomatoes need a steady supply of water; it's best not to let them get dry. Fertilize throughout the growing season with Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food.
Harvest and Use »
When tomatoes start turning from green to red, keep an eye on them. Pick the reddest vine-ripe tomatoes to slice or quarter on a plate or salad. This variety makes nice big slices for to sandwiches. Or use green ones, picked before ripe, for fried green tomatoes or tart sauces. The red tomato is considered a “superfood” for its wealth of vitamins and antioxidants, including cancer-fighting lycopene.
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- Sweet basil for tomato-and-basil salad or sandwich.
- Parsley, basil, oregano and rosemary for Continental cuisine.
- Bush Early Girl, an early determinate tomato, perfect for garden or containers.
- Big Beef, Goliath, Park's Whopper, or Red Beefsteak (indeterminate types) for large tomatoes on vigorous vines.
- Grape, Juliet, Sun Sugar, Super Sweet 100, Yellow Pear, or any cherry tomato that bears all season.
- Black Krim, Black Prince, Cherokee Purple, Marglobe, Mr. Stripey, or any heirloom tomato for diverse colors and flavors.
- Roma for cooking and thick sauces.