Every seed came up, they're about 3' tall with a sturdy stem. Waiting until mid March to put out in the southern (Ga) garden. Will be licking my lips watching them flower and fruit. I like these as an addition to a traditional red tomato salad.
I had 40 mph winds my greenhouse fell over and was so surprised the seeds survived two days in the cold under soil and are still growing. The roots were in tact so i transplanted them, they are doing just fine. 10 stars
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Organic Rutgers Tomato Seeds
Organic 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.