Manitoba tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) Organic - Non GMO Fruit
The Manitoba tomato, scientifically known as Solanum lycopersicum 'Manitoba,' is a hardy and versatile tomato variety that thrives in cooler climates. This determinate tomato cultivar is well-suited for gardeners in regions with shorter growing seasons, such as Manitoba, Canada, where it originated.
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- Climate: Manitoba tomatoes are ideally suited for cooler climates with shorter growing seasons. They can handle chilly nights and are known for their ability to ripen in conditions where other tomato varieties might struggle.
- Planting: Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost date in your area. Transplant seedlings into the garden once all danger of frost has passed. Ensure they receive at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily.
- Soil: Plant Manitoba tomatoes in well-draining, fertile soil. Amend the soil with compost or organic matter to improve its nutrient content.
- Spacing: Space plants about 18-24 inches apart in rows that are 36 inches apart. This allows for good air circulation and prevents overcrowding.
- Support: Provide sturdy support for the plants, such as stakes or cages, as Manitoba tomatoes can become heavy with fruit.
- Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water at the base of the plant to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to disease.
- Fertilization: Fertilize with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer at planting and again when the first fruits start to form.
- Pruning: Remove suckers (the small shoots that form in the leaf axils) to encourage a single main stem and improve air circulation.
- Harvesting: Manitoba tomatoes typically mature in around 60-70 days after transplanting. Harvest when the fruits are firm, fully colored, and show a slight give when gently squeezed.
- Storage: Store ripe Manitoba tomatoes at room temperature for a few days. For longer storage, keep them in a cool, dark place or refrigerate them, but be aware that refrigeration can affect the flavor and texture.
- Enjoy the delicious, cold-tolerant Manitoba tomatoes in salads, sauces, and various culinary creations, knowing that you've successfully grown a tomato variety well-suited to your cooler climate!
- Seed count: 25