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Rutger's Heirloom Tomato Seeds

Lycopersicon esculentum

4.86 (7 reviews)
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  • FAST FACTS
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Start tomatoes indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring, sowing Rutger's heirloom tomato seeds in a flat 1/4" deep and 1" apart. Keep the temperature at 70-75 degrees F until germination, as well as providing adequate light in a sunny window or under a grow light; keep the soil moist, but make sure drainage is adequate. When the second set of leaves emerges, transplant the seedlings into individual pots; bury the stems up to the lowest set of leaves to grow strongly rooted plants. A week before planting the seedlings outside, begin exposing them to the weather during the day to harden them; tomatoes cannot endure cold weather, and should not be transplanted outside until all threat of frost has passed. When the soil temperature reaches at least 70 degrees F, plant the seedlings in full sun and very rich soil; once more, bury the entire stem up to the lowest set of leaves. Space the plants 2' apart. For companion planting benefits, plant tomatoes with carrots or onions, but avoid planting them with cabbage or tomatoes.

Growing: Since temperatures below 55 degrees F can damage production, protect the plants if temperatures drop. A thick layer of mulch helps conserve moisture and control weeds; water the plants once a week, but avoid getting the leaves wet. Determinate, or bush type tomatoes, do not require staking.

Harvesting: Test the ripeness of tomatoes by pressing them gently; the flesh should yield slightly. The mature color also indicates ripeness. If the stem does not come easily off the vine, cut it with a scissors. Vine ripened tomatoes have the best flavor, but as soon as frost comes, all tomatoes should be harvested, even the green ones. Unripe tomatoes will ripen eventually if kept in a warm place out of direct sunlight.

Seed Saving: Since cross pollination between most tomato varieties is unlikely, isolation is not a concern. Pick fully ripe tomatoes and cut them in half horizontally, across the middle; squeeze out the pulp into a container. An alternative method for smaller tomatoes is to put them in a blender and pulse the mixture, since the seeds are hard and slippery and will not be harmed. Let the mixture ferment for several days or until a thick layer of mold has formed; this process removes the gelatinous layer on the seeds. Pour off the mold and debris, saving the good seeds on the bottom. Rinse Rutger's heirloom tomato seeds in a strainer under running water until they are clean, then spread them out to dry in a protected location away from direct sunlight. Stir them twice a day, and provide a fan to speed drying if the air is humid. Once Rutger's heirloom tomato seeds are completely dry, store them in a cool, dry location for up to four years.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Lycopersicon esculentum

Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Determinate, Warm Season

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Seeds per Ounce: 10,000

Planting Method: From Transplant

Sunlight: Full Sun

Height: 60 Inches

Color: Red

Rutger's Heirloom Tomato Seeds 5.0
Review By J D

Rutger heirloom tomatoes

Great service. Can’t wait for summer to enjoy them.

Rutger's Heirloom Tomato Seeds 5.0
Review By Dennis Mercier

Rutgers

What a great company! Excellent customer service! Great communication. Product as advertised. Best prices I have found. Highly recommend this company to anyone looking for Quality to me this seeds.

Rutger's Heirloom Tomato Seeds 5.0
Review By Catherine Boehler

shipping

arrived quickly

Rutger's Heirloom Tomato Seeds 5.0
Review By jerry preston

quality

Don't want to but I will share, only a few.

Rutger's Heirloom Tomato Seeds 5.0
Review By Cathy Gray

Purchase of Seeds

Received seeds in the nicest packet I have ever seen - mylar with excellent labeling - lots of information AND IT'S RESEALABLE!! I have no doubt the seeds will germinate without any issues.

Rutger's Heirloom Tomato Seeds 5.0
Review By Diana Durrance

Rutgers tomato seeds

Your customer service is spot on. The interactive website was easy to use even for a technophobic like me! I look forward to planting in the fall and enjoying the same type of delicious tomatoes that my father planted when I was a child.

Rutger's Heirloom Tomato Seeds 4.0
Review By Gail Butler

My Favorite

Great in short season gardens. Good producer. Great for canning because it doesn't need to be peeled! I've grown them for years and I can lots of tomatoes so not having to peel them first saves time a mess. Good flavor, too. Comes true from its own seed for seed savers.

Size Price Quantity
XL Mylar Packet (~100 Seeds) $2.98 Notify Me
1/4 Oz Mylar (7.09g) $5.96 Notify Me
1 Oz Mylar (28.4g) $9.60 Notify Me
1/4 Lb Mylar (113g) $23.20 Notify Me
1 Lb Mylar (454g) $87.00 Notify Me
5 Lb Bulk Bag (2.27kg) $391.50 Notify Me
10 Lb Bulk Bag (4.54kg) $696.00 Notify Me
25 Lb Bulk Bag (11.3kg) $1,653.00 Notify Me
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DESCRIPTION

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These medium-sized tomatoes are ideal for both canning and fresh eating. Their smooth skin is crack-resistant, with a flattened globe-shaped fruit that averages 7 Oz in weight. The tomatoes grow on compact vines and are ready in 78 days. Determinate.
Dr. Lyman Schermerhorn of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station developed the famous Rutgers tomato in 1934, selecting all the best qualities from several different varieties. Rutgers turned out such a success that major companies such as Campbell, Heinz, and Hunt as well as many others commercially produced it for use in their products. Its uniformity, thick flesh, and excellent flavor make this one of the best all purpose tomatoes.

HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Start tomatoes indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring, sowing Rutger's heirloom tomato seeds in a flat 1/4" deep and 1" apart. Keep the temperature at 70-75 degrees F until germination, as well as providing adequate light in a sunny window or under a grow light; keep the soil moist, but make sure drainage is adequate. When the second set of leaves emerges, transplant the seedlings into individual pots; bury the stems up to the lowest set of leaves to grow strongly rooted plants. A week before planting the seedlings outside, begin exposing them to the weather during the day to harden them; tomatoes cannot endure cold weather, and should not be transplanted outside until all threat of frost has passed. When the soil temperature reaches at least 70 degrees F, plant the seedlings in full sun and very rich soil; once more, bury the entire stem up to the lowest set of leaves. Space the plants 2' apart. For companion planting benefits, plant tomatoes with carrots or onions, but avoid planting them with cabbage or tomatoes.

Growing: Since temperatures below 55 degrees F can damage production, protect the plants if temperatures drop. A thick layer of mulch helps conserve moisture and control weeds; water the plants once a week, but avoid getting the leaves wet. Determinate, or bush type tomatoes, do not require staking.

Harvesting: Test the ripeness of tomatoes by pressing them gently; the flesh should yield slightly. The mature color also indicates ripeness. If the stem does not come easily off the vine, cut it with a scissors. Vine ripened tomatoes have the best flavor, but as soon as frost comes, all tomatoes should be harvested, even the green ones. Unripe tomatoes will ripen eventually if kept in a warm place out of direct sunlight.

Seed Saving: Since cross pollination between most tomato varieties is unlikely, isolation is not a concern. Pick fully ripe tomatoes and cut them in half horizontally, across the middle; squeeze out the pulp into a container. An alternative method for smaller tomatoes is to put them in a blender and pulse the mixture, since the seeds are hard and slippery and will not be harmed. Let the mixture ferment for several days or until a thick layer of mold has formed; this process removes the gelatinous layer on the seeds. Pour off the mold and debris, saving the good seeds on the bottom. Rinse Rutger's heirloom tomato seeds in a strainer under running water until they are clean, then spread them out to dry in a protected location away from direct sunlight. Stir them twice a day, and provide a fan to speed drying if the air is humid. Once Rutger's heirloom tomato seeds are completely dry, store them in a cool, dry location for up to four years.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Lycopersicon esculentum

Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Determinate, Warm Season

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Seeds per Ounce: 10,000

Planting Method: From Transplant

Sunlight: Full Sun

Height: 60 Inches

Color: Red

Reviews

4.86
Global Rating: 4.86 from 7 reviews
5.0

Review By J D

Rutger heirloom tomatoes

Great service. Can’t wait for summer to enjoy them.

5.0

Review By Dennis Mercier

Rutgers

What a great company! Excellent customer service! Great communication. Product as advertised. Best prices I have found. Highly recommend this company to anyone looking for Quality to me this seeds.

5.0

Review By Catherine Boehler

shipping

arrived quickly

5.0

Review By jerry preston

quality

Don't want to but I will share, only a few.

5.0

Review By Cathy Gray

Purchase of Seeds

Received seeds in the nicest packet I have ever seen - mylar with excellent labeling - lots of information AND IT'S RESEALABLE!! I have no doubt the seeds will germinate without any issues.

5.0

Review By Diana Durrance

Rutgers tomato seeds

Your customer service is spot on. The interactive website was easy to use even for a technophobic like me! I look forward to planting in the fall and enjoying the same type of delicious tomatoes that my father planted when I was a child.

4.0

Review By Gail Butler

My Favorite

Great in short season gardens. Good producer. Great for canning because it doesn't need to be peeled! I've grown them for years and I can lots of tomatoes so not having to peel them first saves time a mess. Good flavor, too. Comes true from its own seed for seed savers.