Roma Grape (Juliet)
- Sun: Full sun
- Harvest Size: 1 inch
- Days to Harvest: 62
- Plant Size: 6 to 8 feet
- Plant Type: Indeterminate
Glossy Roma Grape tomatoes make picture perfect clusters of 10 to 18 fruits, an impressive and colorful display in the garden and on the table. The vigorous vine continues to set fruit all summer long, so there won’t be a shortage of cherry tomatoes for snacks and salads. Firm and crack resistant, Roma Grape has excellent keeping quality. It doesn’t need to be picked every day, so take a vacation without worry.
Disease resistance: EB. Plant spacing: 36 inches apart in conventional rows. Plants per person: 2 to 3.
Secrets to Success »
Plant tomatoes in spring after all danger of frost is passed. Plant deeply so that two-thirds of the plant is buried, stem and all. It will sprout roots. Fertilize throughout the growing season with Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food, which plants love and is good for your soil.
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 leaves dry. Wet leaves encourage disease.
Support plants on 8-foot stakes, a tall trellis, or a sturdy wire cage to keep fruit off the ground. This keeps the fruit clean and helps keep the tomato plants healthy.
Harvest and Use »
This one holds on the plant well, so pick fruits as they turn deep red and their flavor suits you. They get sweeter with time. Pick a bowl for bite-sized snacks or salad. Roma Grape is also fine for canning and cooking, if you don't mind the high ratio of skins to meat.
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