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Tomato 'Reif red heart'

Solanum lycopersicum

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'Reif red heart' is a Tomato variety in the Solanum genus with a scientific name of Solanum lycopersicum. 'Reif red heart' is considered a heirloom cultivar.

Plant produces good harvests of 8-12oz red heart shaped fruit with excellent flavour and few seeds. Produces reliably even in cool and shorter summers. Dry and meaty, excellent for canning and preservation. Regular leaf.

This variety is an Fruit that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Reif red heart is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.50 metres (4.88 feet).

Italy is believed to be where Reif red heart originates from.

Reif red heart Tomato is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

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

How to grow Reif red heart

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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 Reif red heart 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. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Reif red heart are Zone 3 and Zone 14. Ideally plant in loamy soil and try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 5.5 and 7.5 as Reif red heart likes to be in weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil.

Growing Reif red heart from seed

Start seeds indoors six weeks before last frost date.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 0.78 inches (2.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.78 inches (2.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 12°C / 54°F to ensure good germination.

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

Transplanting Reif red heart

Plant to the first set of true leaves to promote strong root growth.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Reif red heart is a tender plant.

Harvesting Reif red heart

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

Tomato Reif red heart Etymology

Named after J. Reif of Pennsylvania, USA who originally collected the seed from an older Italian gardener.

Reif red heart folklore & trivia

Said to be an old family heirloom from Italy.

Other Names for Tomato 'Reif red heart'

Reif italian heart

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