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Applegate Tomato Organic

Applegate Tomato Organic

TM964

75 days. Cascading clusters of 2 inch saladette tomatoes heavily drape these indeterminate plants. Unlike greenhouse tomatoes that you might buy at the grocery, Applegate is full of rich, tomato flavor. Large plants will provide a bounty of deep red, globe-shaped fruit over the long haul. F 1–2, N, ToMV, V.
Also available as a plant.

Winter Growing Information

   Hybrid Variety
  • TM964/L
  • 20 seeds Organic
  • $5.65
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  • Customer Reviews (4)
Seed DepthSeed SpacingSoil Temp for Germ.Days to Germ.Thin Plants To Approximately 35-40 seeds per 1/8 gram.
1/4″See Below70-90°F6-1418-30″


Lycopersicon lycopersicum: The first ripe, juicy tomato of summer is a delicious milestone of the season for gardeners. Each year we test and evaluate more than 250 tomato varieties to bring you the most flavorful, best performing selections, for every desired use. An array of nutrients and antioxidants including the especially potent lycopene, found in its highest concentration in tomatoes, supports healthy eyesight, cardiovascular health, cancer-fighting capacity, and more.
CULTURE: Sow seeds indoors into sterile seedling mix 6-8 weeks before your last spring frost. Plant, water lightly, and cover with plastic or a Propagation Dome to keep the seeds from drying out. When the first set of true leaves has emerged, up-pot into 3-4 inch pots and place in an area with full light and cooler temperatures (60-70°F). This will help prevent legginess. Water carefully, allowing the soil to dry on the surface between watering, but don't let the plants wilt. Fertilize with fish emulsion every 10-14 days. Seven to ten days before you want to transplant outside, set the plants in a sheltered area outdoors to harden off. Bring in or cover at night to protect from frost. After the danger of frost has passed, transplant into well worked garden soil. Blend 1/4 cup of our complete fertilizer into the soil around each plant. If you have acid soils or have been bothered by blossom end rot, a handful of bone meal should also be added. Space determinate varieties 18-24 inches apart and indeterminate varieties 20-30 inches apart. Allow 3-4 feet between rows. If your plants have become leggy, plant them deeper; the stems will actually sprout roots. Water very lightly at first, allowing the stems to adapt. To promote early growth and better yields use season extending products such as Wallo' Waters, Kozy Coats, Victorian Bell Cloches, or Red Plastic Mulch.
DETERMINATE/INDETERMINATE: Determinate varieties spread laterally and therefore do not require staking. Determinate varieties ripen at once so are a good choice for gardeners who love to can. Indeterminate varieties grow vertically until the bitter end and need to be staked or trellised for best production. They produce fruit until frost, leaving you some green tomatoes at the end of the season.
INSECTS/PESTS: Use Pyrethrin or crop row covers to discourage flea beetles early in the season, when they can be most destructive. Tomato hornworms can be controlled with Bacillus thuringienses (a bacteria also known as BT) sold as Thuricide (ZIN483 or ZIN485).
DISEASES: Natural genetic plant resistance is the best form of disease control. For diseases like early and late blight, a strict 3 year rotation and a sanitation program that includes destroying all the vines at the end of the year are your best defenses. Contact your local county extension agent for more information.
SEED SPECS: Minimum germination standard: 80%. Usual seed life: 3 years. Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplanting; add 30-35 days if direct seeding.

KEY TO TOMATO DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
ASC...Alternaria Stem Canker
EB...Early Blight
F1...Fusarium Wilt, Race 1
F2...Fusarium Wilt, Race 2
LB...Late Blight, Types US8 and US11
N...Nematodes
St...Stemphylium - Gray Leaf Spot
TMV...Tobacco Mosaic Virus
ToMV...Tomato Mosaic Virus, Strains 0, 1, and 2
V...Verticillium Wilt, Race
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tomatogirl
May 13, 2014  |  By Lynne Holmes
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I'm so surprised at the low ratings for this tomato. We liked the flavor so much that we both canned it and roasted it w/ garlic and basil in the over to make a wonderful sauce and loved it. The plant grew to 5 feet and bore heavily. There were no disease problems. As I recall, the skin may have been a little tough, but I've never cared about that. They were lovely in salads too. I'm so sad that I've been unable to locate the plants locally this year and so far haven't found seeds online. We loved this little guy.
Great tomato!
Jan 12, 2013  |  By Jeanne C
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I loved this variety! Tons of tomatoes plant,beautiful shape and uniform size and they tasted GREAT! Don't know why the other reviewers didn't like them--mine were close to being the perfect tomato, and I'm VERY fussy about toms.
Inedible tomato
Sep 9, 2012  |  By Gary Carbon
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We planted these tomatos based upon Territorial's description of "Unlike greenhouse tomatoes that you might buy at the grocery, Applegate is full of rich, tomato flavor." I'm not sure where they grew their tomatos, but in the pacific northwest, they are terrible. They are absolutely tasteless and have an outer shell that reminds one of rhinoceros hide.
NWGrower
Aug 8, 2012  |  By David Johnson
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Have 8 ft plants in my greenhouse full of ripening good looking fruit. Unfortunately the fruit is a bit tasteless and when ripe still hard enough to drive a nail with. Comparable to store bought and a waste of space in the home garden.