Growing Roma VF Tomato Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Solanum lycopersicum 'Roma'
- Other Names: Roma plum tomato, Roma VF tomato, Italian plum tomato
- Days to Maturity: 76 days
- Hardiness Zone: Annual, not intended for overwintering
- Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Plant Spacing: 18 - 24”
- Row Spacing: 3’
- Growth Habit: Determinate; 30 - 36” tall; 2-oz. fruit
- Soil Preference: Slightly acidic to neutral soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.8
- Temp Preference: Nighttime temperatures above 55 degrees F and daytime temperatures below 90 degrees F
- Light Preference: Full sun, at least 8 hours
- Pests/diseases: Blossom end rot, early blight, late blight, tomato hornworms, aphids, whiteflies
- Color: Red
- Flavor: Tangy, rich, and meaty
Heirloom Roma VF Tomato Seed Growth Habits:
Roma VF tomato seeds grow vigorous determinate vines. Most Roma VF plants will reach a height of 30" to 36" and produce clusters of red, plum-shaped tomatoes weighing approximately 2 oz. apiece.
To get the best yield when growing Roma tomatoes from seed, be sure to start them indoors about 6 to 8 weeks before your last frost date, then transplant the Roma VF tomato seedlings into rich, well-draining soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.8. With adequate sunshine of 8 or more hours each day and consistent watering, a Roma VF plant will produce hundreds of tomatoes.
Various Uses for Roma VF Tomatoes:
Also known as paste tomatoes, Roma VF tomatoes are commonly used in making sauces, pastes, ketchup, and sun-dried tomatoes thanks to their meaty texture and lower water content than tomato varieties that are best for slicing and fresh eating. Roma VF tomatoes are a favorite among home canners.
Roma VF Tomato Benefits:
Roma VF tomatoes are high in vitamins C, A, and K, plus they have significant levels of lycopene, which is said to be good for your heart health. In addition, they are a good source of potassium, niacin, folate, and vitamin B6.
While Roma VF tomatoes are an open-pollinated variety, they remain resistant to Verticillium wilt and Fusarium wilt because of the early selection for these traits.
Seeds Per Package:
- 300 mg - Approximately 105 Seeds
- 1 oz - Approximately 10,000 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 40,000 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 160,000 Seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 800,000 Seeds