Marglobe

  • Sun: Full sun
  • Harvest Size: 6 ounces
  • Days to Harvest: 75 to 80
  • Plant Size: 4 to 6 feet
  • Plant Type: Determinate

Marglobe tomato was released by the USDA in 1925. Firm, delicious, crack resistant red fruit combined with a strong vine has made Marglobe a favorite of gardeners and plant breeders ever since. A parent to many modern varieties, this heirloom has a loyal following in today’s garden. Plants in our Alabama test garden, where growing conditions are excellent, bear about 50 pounds of fruit each over a two-month harvest period.

Plant in spring (after danger of frost is passed) through early summer. If you shop early, you may keep plants in a sunny windowsill for a week or two until the weather warms. If you plant early, protect them from cold with a row cover.

We recommend planting both hybrid and heirlooms. Hybrids generally bear more and have better disease resistance. Heirlooms have old-fashioned flavor and looks.

Disease resistance: VF Plant spacing: 24 to 36 inches apart in conventional rows, 18 to 24 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. 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 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. Support plants on stakes or a sturdy wire cage to keep fruit off the ground. This helps prevent disease.

Plant a second crop in early to mid summer for a fall harvest.

Harvest and Use »

Pick red, vine-ripe tomatoes to slice for old-fashioned club or BLT sandwiches. Quarter for salads. Peel and chop for tomato soups, such as Spanish gazpacho. The red tomato is considered a “superfood” for its wealth of vitamins and antioxidants, including cancer-fighting lycopene.

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  • Parsley, rosemary, chives, and oregano for Continental cuisine.
  • Bush Early Girl (determinate) or Early Girl (indeterminate) for early harvest.
  • Big Beef, Goliath, Park's Whopper, or Red Beefsteak (indeterminate types) for big, sandwich-sized hybrid tomatoes.
  • German Johnson, Cherokee Purple, Red or Pink Brandywine for big heirloom tomatoes.
  • Chocolate Cherry, Husky Cherry Red, Grape, Juliet, Sun Sugar, Super Sweet 100, Yellow Pear, or any cherry tomato, which bears all season.
  • Black Krim, Cherokee Purple, Lemon Boy, and Mr. Stripey for diverse colors and flavors.
  • BHN 602 VF123SW, Amelia VF123NStSW, or Talladega VFFTSWSt for disease resistance in the Deep South where spotted wilt virus is troublesome.
  • Roma for cooking and thick sauces.

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