Growing Rutgers Tomato Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Solanum lycopersicum
- Other Names: Rutgers tomatoes, Jersey tomato
- Days to Maturity: 80 days
- Hardiness Zone: Annual, not intended for overwintering
- Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Plant Spacing: 36”
- Row Spacing: 3’
- Growth Habit: Determinate; 6- to 8-oz. globe-shaped oblate 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: Blood red
- Flavor: Mild and meaty, tangy
Heirloom, Non-GMO Rutgers Tomato Seed Growth Habits:
Rutgers tomato seeds produce medium to large determinate plants. This makes growing Rutgers tomatoes in containers fairly simple.
While the Rutgers tomato heirloom seed variety was originally released by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) in 1934 as a cultivar developed to thrive in New Jersey, it can be grown in all USDA hardiness zones as an annual during the frost-free growing season. Like most tomatoes, Rutgers heirloom tomato seeds thrive in slightly acidic to neutral soil that drains well.
When cared for with enough sun (8+ hours per day) and consistent watering to prevent cracking and blossom end rot, Rutgers heirloom tomato plants produce 6- to 8-oz. oblate fruit with an exceptional flavor that is mildly tangy and meaty.
Various Uses for Rutgers Heirloom Tomatoes:
Rutgers tomatoes are a classic heirloom tomato that was once favored by commercial growers in the United States for making tomato juice, ketchup, and canned soups. Today, the Rutgers tomato remains a favorite of home growers because of its disease resistance and classic tomato flavor.
The blood red color and mild, meaty flavor of the Rutgers heirloom tomato make it a popular slicing tomato.
Heirloom Rutgers Tomato Benefits:
Heirloom Rutgers tomatoes contain high levels of vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K, making them a healthy choice for most people. Tomatoes are also high in lycopene, an antioxidant that is known to improve heart health.
Rutgers heirloom tomato seeds were developed at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) at Rutgers University, and they were bred specifically for disease resistance. The Rutgers tomato variety is resistant to Verticillium wilt (V), Fusarium wilt (F), and Alternaria stem canker (A).
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