Growing Roma Tomato Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Solanum lycopersicum
- Days to Maturity: 76 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
Roma Tomato Growth Habits:
Unless you live in the deep south or in another part of the country with a long summer, heirloom Roma tomato seeds are started indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date, then transplanted outside after all danger of frost is gone. 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 Roma tomato seeds grow into determinate plants that reach a few feet high. For taller plants, trellising or stakes are recommended. Roma tomatoes ripen about 76 days after transplant, resulting in a medium-small, plum-shaped fruits.
Various Culinary Uses for Roma Tomato Seeds:
Tomatoes grown from heirloom Roma tomato seeds are paste tomatoes. They are commonly used for rich pasta sauces, purees, and in vegetable smoothies. Roma tomatoes can also be baked, stuffed, and dehydrated. These plum-shaped fruits go well with spices like basil, oregano, and cilantro. Decidedly different, but nevertheless delicious options, include tomato pies and jams. Tomato cakes and ice creams are also possibilities.
Like all tomato varieties, Roma tomato seeds yield fruits rich in lycopene. This antioxidant is good for the eyes and may protect against macular degeneration. Other benefits of lycopene are reduced bad cholesterol and increased good cholesterol, and recent studies have focused on pain relief similar to that achieved with ibuprofen. The fruits also provide vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium.
Heirloom Roma tomatoes should be stored at room temperature, out of direct sunlight. Use the ripe, firm tomatoes soon after harvest. These paste tomatoes can also be frozen for later use.
Roma Seeds Per Package:
- 250 mg - Approximately 90 Seeds
- 1 oz - Approximately 10,000 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 40,000 Seeds