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Tomato 'Roma'      

Solanum lycopersicum

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Belonging to the Solanum genus (Solanum lycopersicum 'Roma'), Roma is a variety of Tomato. 'Roma' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Golden yellow. The mature flowers take a Single hose-in-hose form, with an approximate petal count of 5. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Ferrari Red and   Venetian red. Leaves appear approximately as a   Grade 1 Paint Green and   Olive colour.

Roma is, in fact, a specific heirloom variety of tomato, although it is now (incorrectly) being used as a generic term for any tomato of the same shape and quality. The original, heirloom, Roma tomato was introduced in the 1950’s, and skyrocketed to fame thanks to its excellent canning, paste, and sauce-making qualities.

The true, heirloom, Roma is an heirloom as well as OP variety (Officially now an heirloom, as defined by being a 50+ year variety. Introduction in 1958. 2011-1958=53.)

There are also, unfortunately, several tomato varieties mislabeled as “Roma” and which are hybrids. These tomatoes should not be labeled as Roma, and should only be referred to with complete names like “Hybrid Roma” or “Roma Hybrid”, to avoid this confusion.

This variety is an Fruit that typically grows as an Annual/Perennial, which is defined as a plant that can matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of one year or more. Roma is known for its Vine habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.20 metres (3.90 feet).

Italy is believed to be where Roma originates from.

Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Roma Tomato is normally quite easy to grow provided a minimum level of care is given throughout the year. It will be helpful to note the correct soil, sun and water needs of this plant to ensure that this plant thrives.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Roma have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Roma

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Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Roma is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. USDA Hardiness Zone 3 to 14 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Planting Roma in loamy soil with a ph of between 5.0 and 6.0 is ideal for as it does best in moderately acidic soil to weakly acidic soil.

Growing Roma from seed

Start indoors six weeks before last frost date.

Sow 0.78 inches (2.0 cm) deep with a guideline distance of 2.60 feet (80.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 12°C / 54°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Roma about 42 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Roma

Transplant out when around 15cm (6 inches) high. Plant to first set of leaves to promote strong root growth.

As Roma is tender, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Roma

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by mid summer.

Tomato Roma Etymology

Heirloom paste tomato from Rome, Italy. Roma is in fact a specific heirloom variety of tomato from Rome. The original, heirloom, Roma tomato was introduced in the 1950’s (1958).

Roma folklore & trivia

Originally introduced to the US market from italy in 1958.

Other Names for Tomato 'Roma'

Heirloom Roma, Roma OP

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