rutgers tomato seed

Rutgers Tomato Seeds

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Rutgers (75 days) 

Approx. 25 heirloom tomato seeds

Developed by Rutgers Univ. for Campbell's Soup Company in 1934.

Determinate.  The Rutgers Tomato was developed by crossing Marglobe with JTD.  Rutgers produces vibrant red, round tomato fruits on a strong, disease resistant vine. Tomatoes average 2-4 inches across and 2-3 inches high.  The average weight of Rutger's luscious fruit is about 1 pound per fruit.  Makes a great slicer for sandwiches or salads. 

1956 Henry Field's Seed Co. catalog says about Rutgers Tomato...
"(110 days). Flesh is firm and of fine quality. Doesn't have a hard core, and is outstanding for its uniform, deep red coloring. Excellent for canning."

1956 Meyers Seed Co. catalog says about Rutgers Tomato...
"(73 days) This unusual tomato is from the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.  It is globe shaped, quite large, with flesh firm, red and very solid.  Ripening begins at the center, insuring good color throughout."

Use it to make your soup base as Campbells has for years.  This tomato is responsible for that tangy sweetness you tasted in a bowl of tomato soup.  Make your own and can it for your family to enjoy anytime.

The Rutgers tomato once accounted for 70 percent of the processed tomatoes in the United States.

Rutgers tomato is known to due well in the cool climates of the upper East Coast.  However, their summer day time temps are higher/warmer than the Pacific North West (PNW).  Therefore this tomato is not recommended in the PNW.  HOWEVER...it does extremely well in the South and is mentioned in old catalogs many times as being used in Texas.


Heirloom Tomato Seed Count by Weight

1 ounce= app. 7,500 seeds

1/4 lb= app. 30,000 seeds

Seed Planting Depth

Seeds per gram

Germination Temperature

Days to Germination

Row Spacing

Plant Spacing

100' Row Yield


¼" - ½" 250-300 70-85 6-9 60" 18-36" 75 lb. Full

Planting Tips for Heirloom Tomatoes:

Most gardeners want to get the most out of these delicious heirloom tomatoes and therefore give them a head start on the growing season.  Start these vegetable seeds indoors in sterile potting mix, being sure to keep the temperature above 70 degrees.  Some people prefer to use a grow pad, but the top of the fridge has been known to be quite effective as well. 

Once the first true leaves appear on your tomato seedlings, transplant into 4" pots until you have completely hardened them off in the garden.  Hardening is a process of exposing the plants more and more to outside temperature until they are hardy enough to tolerate a complete outdoor move.  Generally speaking, by early summer heirloom tomatoes should be transplated into the garden.

Most heirloom varieties are quite productive and will greatly benefit from sturdy supports.  It may also be advisable to add blood and bone meal to the worked soil to help ensure healthy productive heirloom tomatoes.

Seed Care tips for Heirloom Tomato Seeds:

Heirloom seeds are hardy, but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.


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