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James H. Schutte
LYCOPERSICON esculentum 'Sweet Cluster'
Sweet Cluster Tomato, Tomato
The cultivar 'Sweet Cluster' produces bunches of glossy, deep-red, tennis-ball-size tomatoes on indeterminate vines. Harvest begins 65 to 70 days after plants are set out. This F1 hybrid must be propagated from purchased seed (saved seed will not grow true to type). It was introduced by Petoseed in 1998.
Tomatoes are short-lived tender perennials that are usually grown as annuals. Their medium 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. Indeterminate, vining types such as this should be staked, trellised or grown in tomato cages to contain their rambling stems.
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 cultivar is resistant to verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt, nematodes, tomato mosaic virus, and cladosporium leaf mold. 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
4'-8' / 1.2m - 2.4m
2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m
Mexico, Central America, South America
Spring, Summer, Fall
Green, Dark Green
Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Vine
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