- Sun: Full sun
- Harvest Size: 7 ounces
- Days to Harvest: 77
- Plant Size: 3 to 4 feet
- Plant Type: Determinate
Mountain Pride tomato hails from North Carolina where it was developed for both home and market gardeners. These slightly flattened, round tomatoes are firm, deep red, and make a good medium size slice. Crack resistant and vigorous, Mountain Pride has become popular outside its home state as gardeners discover its taste and garden performance.
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.
Disease resistance: VFF 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; it will sprout roots. This makes the plant more resistant to drought and other problems. 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 leaves 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 »
For fullest flavor, let tomatoes turn red on the vine. Use green ones 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.
Try These Garden Companions »
- Sweet basil for tomato-and-basil salad or sandwich.
- Parsley, rosemary, chives, thyme, and oregano for Continental cuisine.
- Bush Early Girl (determinate) or Early Girl (indeterminate) for early tomatoes.
- Big Beef, Goliath, Park's Whopper, or Red Beefsteak (indeterminate types) for big, sandwich-sized tomatoes.
- German Johnson, Cherokee Purple, Red or Pink Brandywine for big heirloom tomatoes.
- Homestead, Celebrity, Mountain Pride, Rutgers, Solar Fire, Bush Goliath and other. determinate types for a big, concentrated harvest.
- Chocolate Cherry, Husky Cherry Red, Grape, Juliet, Sun Sugar, Super Sweet 100, Yellow Pear to enjoy cherry tomatoes until frost.
- Black Krim, Cherokee Purple, Lemon Boy, and Mr. Stripey for diverse colors and flavors.
- Roma for cooking and thick sauces.