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About This Plant...
Family: Solanaceae
Genus and species: Lycopersicon lycopersicum
Growing Season: summer
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 6-8 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 1 to 2 weeks after last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: after last spring frost, if your season is long
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 6-14 days
Germination temp.: 60-85 degrees F.
Sowing depth: 1/4 inch
Days to maturity: 53-90 days from transplant
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 12-24 inches
Spacing between rows: 36-48 inches
Growing On...
Pests: tomato hornworm, tomato fruitworm, stinkbugs, cutworms, aphids, Colorado potato beetles, flea beetles, whiteflies
Diseases: fusarium wilt, verticillium wilt, early blight, late blight, nematodes, curly top virus, anthracnose, bacterial spot, tobacco mosaic virus
Harvest: when fully colored and firm
Growing tips: plant disease-resistant varieties; set up stakes or cages at the time of transplanting to garden

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