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Tomato 'Rio grande'  

Solanum lycopersicum

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Rio grande is part of the Solanum genus and is a Tomato variety. Its scientific name is Solanum lycopersicum 'Rio grande'. 'Rio grande' is considered a heirloom cultivar. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Kelly green colour.

A great paste tomato, this one has natural VFF resistance. Earlier and more productive than the standard Roma tomato. Plum shaped, red, regular leafed plant.

These tomatoes are suitable for container growing.2

Rio grande grows as an Annual and is a Fruit. Being an Annual, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Rio grande is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.20 metres (3.90 feet).

Mexico is believed to be where Rio grande originates from.

Typically, Rio grande Tomato is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

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

How to grow Rio grande

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Rio grande 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). Rio grande requires a loamy soil with a ph of 5.0 - 6.0 - it grows best in moderately acidic soil to weakly acidic soil.

Growing Rio grande from seed

Start seeds indoors six weeks before last frost date.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 2.60 feet (80.0 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 Rio grande about 42 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Rio grande

Transplant out when around 15cm (6 inches) high.

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

Bury them a little bit lower into the soil than you would other vegetables.1

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

Harvesting Rio grande

Expect harvests to start to occur in mid summer.

Rio grande folklore & trivia

Some sources say this seed originates from Mexico, others say Peru, and even others say Italy.

Other Names for Tomato 'Rio grande'

Rio grande vff

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