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LYCOPERSICON esculentum 'Big Rainbow'
Big Rainbow Tomato, Slicing Tomato, Tomato
The huge, golden, beefsteak-type fruits of this amazing heirloom tomato are beautifully streaked with red marbling both inside and out. Sweet, mild and juicy in flavor, this variety is ideal for salads, sandwiches and fresh eating, and looks sensational sliced and served on a platter. The tasty fruits are borne generously on sprawling, indeterminate (vine-like) plants, and ripen approximately 80 to 102 days after planting seedlings. ‘Big Rainbow’ is reportedly resistant to numerous foliar diseases.
Plant tomatoes in full sun and fertile, well-drained, slightly acid garden loam after all danger of frost has passed. Seedlings may be started indoors under grow-lights several weeks ahead of time, and should be hardened off before planting outdoors. Set them deeply in the ground for best establishment; the main stem will form roots beneath the soil’s surface. Indeterminate types such as this should be staked, trellised or grown in tomato cages to contain their rambling stems.
These veggies (technically, fruits) are heavy feeders, and it is important to provide them with regular water and nutrients. Be sure to choose a fertilizer specifically formulated for tomatoes, and avoid excessive watering as this can result in cracking of fruit and diminished flavor. Best production and flavor occurs when both days and nights are warm. Tomatoes may become tough and less flavorful in cooler temperatures, and should not be stored in the refrigerator. In subtropical locations, they may even be grown as a winter crop, as long as temperatures remain favorable.
For more detailed information about tomatoes, refer to the general entry for the species (Lycopersicon esculentum) in the Learn2Grow.com plant database.
12 - 1
11 - 15
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
2'-8' / 0.6m - 2.4m
2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m
Mexico, Central America, South America
Spring, Summer, Fall
Green, Dark Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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