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Tomato 'Delicious'    

Solanum lycopersicum

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Belonging to the Solanum genus (Solanum lycopersicum 'Delicious'), Delicious is a variety of Tomato. 'Delicious' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Painter yellow. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Ferrari Red. Leaves appear approximately as a   Ao green colour.

Large, meaty scarlet red fruit with few seeds on a regular leafed plant. This particular variety still holds the Guiness Record for largest tomato (at 7lbs, 12oz), although fruit is much more likely to be in the 1-2lb range. Fruit can vary between globe-shaped and more irregular ribbed-shape. Resistant to cracking. Regular leaf. Indeterminate.

Blight resistance.

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. Delicious is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.40 metres (4.55 feet).

United States is believed to be where Delicious originates from.

Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Delicious 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 Delicious have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Delicious

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Delicious 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 Delicious are Zone 3 and Zone 14. Planting Delicious in loamy soil with a ph of between 5.5 and 7.5 is ideal for as it does best in weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil.

Growing Delicious 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 Delicious about 42 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Delicious

Plant to first set of leaves to promote strong roots.

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

Harvesting Delicious

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

Delicious folklore & trivia

Introduced by Burpee in 1964 after 13 years of selection from ‘Beefsteak (Crimson Cushion)’.

Other Names for Tomato 'Delicious'

Delicious, Burpee’s Delicious, Giant Delicious, Red Delicious

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