Tomato, Roma VF (Solanum lycopersicum) - 50 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•Easy to grow
A plum Tomato that is resistant to Verticillium wilt and Fusarium wilt (indicated by the VF in the name), Roma VF is the most common roma tomato sold in the US. Roma VF Tomatoes are the classic "sauce" tomato and are great for canning. The Roma VF Tomato vines are determinate and fruit heavily. Medium sized fruit. Great for making tomato paste. Plant Roma VF Tomato Seeds in a sunny spot and enjoy a heavy-bearing harvest.
Choose a commercially prepared seed starting mix. Make sure that your mix does not have a high fertilizer content; this can actually be a detriment to your tomatoes. Prepare your seed starting mix by combining it with warm water to make it arable. You might find that your mix can be difficult to wet, especially if it was a completely dry mix. Some gardeners let their mixes sit overnight to ensure that the water is evenly distributed. The final consistency should be damp and sponge-like. It should not feel soggy or water-logged. Germinate your tomato seeds in the container of your choosing. Tomato seeds will germinate in any container as long as excess water can drain, and they are given enough moisture and warmth. Many nurseries and home gardeners use growing “flats” with different sized plastic cell inserts. Fill your container with moist seed starting mix and plant the seeds 1/8th inch (3mm) deep. At this stage, it is okay to plant many seeds close together as seedlings will later be transplanted. If you are using a used container, it is best to sterilize them with a 10% bleach solution. Place germination containers out of direct sunlight in a warm location. Although light is not needed in the germination process, it is not harmful as long as high temperatures are avoided. It only takes 5 to 10 days for tomato seeds to germinate if they are kept in their optimum temperature range for 70 to 80F (21 to 27C). Lower temperatures delay germination and higher temperatures accelerate it. Extreme temperatures, below 50F (10C) or above 95F (35C) are damaging to germination.
**Recommended tip: Cover the germination containers with a plastic bag or sheet of plastic. This will help preserve moisture, but you must ensure that air can circulate and the mix does not dry out.