Growing Rio Grande Tomato Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Solanum lycopersicum
- Days to Maturity: 80 days
- Hardiness Zone: Zones 3-9
- Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Plant Spacing: 18” to 24”
- Row Spacing: 2’ to 3’
- Growth Habit: Determinate
- Soil Preference: Well-drained
- Temp Preference: Warm
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Pests/diseases: Hornworms, bacterial wilt, bacterial speck
- Color: Red
- Flavor: Mild
Rio Grande Tomato Growth Habits:
Unlike most transplants, tomatoes should be buried deeper than they were in their seedling pots. Up to two-thirds of the plant can be buried. Once established, heirloom Rio Grande tomato seeds grow into determinate plants that reach 1 to 6 feet high. For higher plants, stakes are recommended. Rio Grande tomatoes ripen about 80 days after transplant, resulting in a large, meaty, pear-shaped fruits.
Various Culinary Uses for Rio Grande Tomato Seeds :
Tomatoes grown from Rio Grande tomato seeds are paste tomatoes. They are commonly used for pasta sauces, purees, and in vegetable smoothies. Less common, but nevertheless delicious dishes include tomato pies and jams, and even tomato cakes and ice creams.
Rio Grande Benefits:
Like all tomato varieties, Rio Grande tomato seeds yield fruits rich in lycopene. It is suggested that this antioxidant reduces the risk of heart disease, and is good for the eyes, possibly protecting against macular degeneration. It also may combat prostate cancer and cancers of the intestinal region. Rio Grande tomatoes also provide vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium. The vitamin B in tomatoes has been linked to reductions in blood pressure and high cholesterol. In the past, tomatoes laid against sunburned skin provided a cooling relief.
Although Rio Grande tomatoes are primarily grown and harvested for cooking, historically they've been used for other things. For example, tomato paste has even been used in the past to clean copper cookware and brass objects.
Rio Grande Seeds Per Package:
- 250 mg - Approximately 90 Seeds
- 1 oz - Approximately 10,000 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 40,000 Seeds,
- 1 lb - Approximately 160,000 Seeds