What’s in a (tomato) name?
Roma tomatoes are often known as Italian tomatoes however it seems that they originated in the United States in the 1950s. Romas have the Italian ‘San Marzano’ tomato in their family tree and there are also Italian Roma varieties now available, which complicates things. Whoever claims them, Roma tomatoes are absolutely delicious and have deep red, pear shaped fruit. They’re ideal for cooking, bottling, sauce making and sun drying but are also perfect eaten fresh in salads.
Tropical and sub-tropical gardeners can find a warm windowsill or patio to start some Yates® Roma Tomato seeds off in trays or small pots during June and then transplant them out into a sunny spot in the vegie patch or medium sized pots when they’re around 5 – 7 cm high. Yates Roma Tomato seed can also be sown direct where they are to grow. This variety does not need staking.
Once the seedlings are established, regularly applying a tomato specific plant food like Yates Thrive® Tomato Liquid Plant Food will promote healthy leaf growth as well as lots of flowers that will turn into delicious, juicy tomatoes. The nutrients in Thrive will feed tomatoes through both the leaves and the roots.
Yates® Roma Tomatoes will be ready to pick from around 11 weeks after sowing.
To protect tomatoes from the most common pests and diseases, lightly dust Yates Tomato & Vegetable Dust over the plants every week. Yates Tomato & Vegetable Dust contains an effective combination of insecticides and fungicides to control insect pests like caterpillars and aphids as well as diseases like powdery mildew and leaf spots.