Italian Roma Bush Tomato Seeds


This packet yields approximately 24 plants when started inside.
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An absolutely excellent heirloom tomato—firm, meaty, 3" oblong fruits with few seeds, on compact vines that are very productive. As a determinate type, most of the fruits ripen at the same time, which makes this tomato a good choice for canning. In areas with a long growing season, a second planting will double your harvest!

$2.29 30 seeds

Botanical Name: Solanum lycopersicum

Days to Maturity: 80 days from transplanting

Family: Solanaceae

Native: Andes

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: About 36" tall, 18" wide

Variety Information: 3" x 1 ½", 5-6 oz. oblong, red fruits with few seeds. Italian 'Roma' is a determinate type tomato.

Type: Determinate, Paste, Slicer (Learn more)

When to Sow Outside: For mild climates only: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting. Transplant when air temperature is 45°F or warmer, usually 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–90°F.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24"

Row Spacing: 36"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 24"

Harvesting: 'Italian Roma' tomatoes are at the peak of sun-ripened deliciousness when red, and have a slight give when gently squeezed.

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Italian Roma Bush Tomato Seeds Reviews

4 reviews
Italian Roma Bush Tomatoes
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I planted these seeds for the 1st time this year (indoors 4/7/18 then transplanting 5/20/18 to a raised bed). Kept a total of 6 plants and placed a tall circular cage around each plant mid-June, training the branched leaves up and over. After watching a youtube video on how to trim up the plants and prune the centers out, fed each plant bi-weekly with Jobe's Organic veggie food, I am VERY PLEASED to say that in mid-September the 1st harvest yielded such a bumper crop ! At least 30 lbs! I've harvested 3 times so far and I'm waiting on some additional fruits to red up (it's mid October and we're having an early Fall heat wave). The fruits have been very compact, thick, meaty, very little seeds, with luscious robust flavor. Nothing like what you see in the grocery store. I've canned tomato paste, spaghetti sauce, tomato soup and bloody mary mix. The scent in the kitchen of the cooking Roma's is amazing! My husband eats the Roma on its own, with a bit of salt, like an apple. The plan is to plant twice as many plants in our 4X16 raised beds. 6 fit perfectly on one half of the beds, so 12 will be even better. I do not use any pesticides, as we do have 4 boxes of Italian honey bees. I planted the tomatoes with Queen Sophia Marigolds and I didn't have any problems with pests! This is a fabulous plant!

Looking good
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Easy to germinate, short lush bush with lots of fruit! Looks the healthiest out of my dozen varieties

Very Productive Canning Tomato
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This tomato is easy to grow from seed and produces compact determinate plants with a lot of fruit. The tomatoes are on the smaller side so a little more work to peel/can, but the flavor is amazing and you get such a high yield it is worth it. Both years I've planted they did get hit by aphids early on, but just hose off for a week and plants will bounce back and give big yield. Last year they were the first and last to produce, amazing for a determinate plant!!
Shelly J

Roma Tomato
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I was expecting a larger meaty tomato from these plants but instead grew a small cherry sized tomato that was a light orange in color with striations of red.
Christine Peebles
Owner Response: Hi Christine, What you are describing can be a sign of disease. A customer service agent will contact you to help.

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