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Tomato 'Homestead'   

Solanum lycopersicum

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'Homestead' is a Tomato variety in the Solanum genus with a scientific name of Solanum lycopersicum. 'Homestead' is considered a OP (open polliated) cultivar. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Yellow. The mature flowers are of a Single hose-in-hose form. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Red.

Commercial heirloom semi-determinate, medium sized beefsteak type variety. Red round fruit, reportedly great for hot weather because it’ll set fruit even at high temperatures.

Can produce 50-pounds of fruit over a 6-7 week harvest.

Homestead grows as an Annual/Perennial and is a Fruit. Being an annual / perennial, it tends to grow either as a single season plant, or a plant that can stay in your garden for many years. Homestead is known for its Climbing habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.80 metres (5.85 feet).

United States is believed to be where Homestead originates from.

Homestead 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 Homestead have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Homestead

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Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Homestead is thought of as tender, so remember to ensure that temperatures are mild before moving outdoors. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 3 - 14 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ideally plant in loamy soil and try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 5.0 and 6.0 as Homestead likes to be in moderately acidic soil to weakly acidic soil.

Growing Homestead from seed

Start seeds indoors six weeks before last frost date.

Aim to sow 0.78 inches (2.0 cm) deep and try to ensure a gap of at least 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 Homestead about 42 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Homestead

Transplant seedlings at about 6-inches tall. Plant to first set of leaves to promote strong root growth.

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

Harvesting Homestead

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

Homestead folklore & trivia

Bred by the Florida Agric. Expt. Sta. and the Southeastern Breeding Laboratory, USDA, Charleston, South Carolina.

It is a cross between ((Victor x Dobbies Champion) x Pan America x Rutgers) and released in 1952. 1


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