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LYCOPERSICON esculentum 'Husky Red'
Husky Red Tomato, Tomato
A long-bearing tomato with a compact habit, 'Husky Red' produces a season-long harvest of medium-sized tomatoes on dwarf indeterminate plants. The 6-ounce (0.2kg) fruits are good for slicing or cooking. Harvest begins about 68 days after seedlings are planted out, and continues until cold weather sets in. Production may diminish in hot weather. This F1 hybrid must be propagated from purchased seed (saved seed will not come true).
Tomatoes are short-lived tender perennials that are usually grown as annuals. Their medium- to dark-green, hairy, compound leaves have a strong fragrance and are not to be eaten. Mature plants produce distinctive yellow flowers, which are bee pollinated. These are followed by succulent tomato fruits, which are technically berries.
Tomatoes require full sun and fertile, well-drained, slightly acidic to neutral soil. Seeds germinate poorly in cool soil, so plants are best started indoors several weeks before the last frost date. Harden off seedlings before transplanting them to the garden. Set them deeply in the ground for best establishment; the main stem will form roots beneath the soil’s surface. Compact tomato varieties such as 'Husky Red' may benefit from staking to prevent their stems from "flopping" from the weight of the fruit.
Tomatoes are heavy feeders, so it is important to provide them with regular water and nutrients. Be sure to choose a fertilizer specifically formulated for tomatoes. Overwatering can result in cracking of fruit and diminished flavor. Best production and flavor occurs when both days and nights are warm. Tomato fruits become tough and less flavorful when subjected to cooler temperatures, and should not be stored in the refrigerator for this reason. In warm, frost-free regions they may be grown as a winter crop.
This variety is resistant to verticillium and fusarium wilts and alternaria blight. For more detailed information about tomato pests and diseases, 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
3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
Mexico, Central America, South America
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Dark Green
Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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