Flame Tomatoes are ideal for gardening and are relatively compact and very productive. Tomatoes ripen within 85 days, and fruit weighs 1–2 pounds. They are less acidic than other tomatoes. This is the perfect classic summer tomato that you can grow in your garden with ease!
How to Grow Flame Tomato:
- Sowing: Start growing indoor tomatoes 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost. Sow seeds 1/4 "deep, 1" apart. Maintain a germination temperature of 70-75 degrees F, provide light, keep the soil moist. When the second set of leaves appears, transplant the seedlings into separate pots and bury the stems down to the lowest set of leaves. It is recommended to expose them to the weather a week before planting to harden the plant in the afternoon. Repot the tomatoes when the frost threat is gone and the soil temperature has reached at least 70 degrees F. When using a trellis, arrange plants 2′ apart, but if allowing vines to grow, place plants 3-4′ apart friend. Carrots and onions are considered companion plants; also, you should avoid cabbage or other tomatoes.
- Plant Spacing: 18-36″.
- Growing of Flame Tomato: Indeterminate tomato varieties are more productive when they have a trellis or support. This protects them from pests and diseases by reducing frequent contact with the soil. Supports should be set up before vines develop. Tomatoes are thermophilic; temperatures below 55 degrees F can damage, so protect the plants if necessary. Water the plants once a week, mulch to retain moisture. Pruning unnecessary shoots between the main stem and branches will significantly improve the productivity and vigor of the plant.
- Soil Requirements for Flame Tomato: Moist, well-draining.
- Flame Tomato Seeds Days to Germination: 7-30 days.
- Light Preference of Flame Tomato: Full Sun.
- Life Cycle of Flame Tomato: Annual.
- How and When to Harvest Harvest Flame Tomato: The ripeness of tomatoes can be determined by gently pressing on them. If the pulp gives in slightly, then the fruit is ripe. If the stem does not come off the vine, cut it off with scissors. Harvest the entire crop before the first frost. Unripe tomatoes will mature over time if stored in a warm place out of direct sunlight. Tomatоes are low in acid аnd excellent for fresh slicing but can also be used for preserving.
- Flame Tomato Days to Maturity: up to 85 days
- Flame Tomato Seed Saving: Cross-pollination between most tomato varieties is unlikely, so isolation is not required. Cut perfectly ripe tomatoes in half horizontally by squeezing the pulp into a container. Also, you can chop small tomatoes in a blender. The mixture should ferment for several days or until a thick layer of mold forms to remove the gelatinous layer on the seeds. Drain all but the good seeds, rinse them under running water, then lay them out to dry out of direct sunlight. Stir twice a day and use a fan to speed up drying if the air is humid—store seeds in a cool, dry place for up to four years.
- Latin Name: Lycopersicon esculentum
- Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Indeterminate, Warm Season
- USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
- Seeds per Ounce: 10,000
- Planting Method: From Transplant
- Sunlight: Full Sun
- Height: 60 Inches
- Color: Red, with streaks of orange and yellow