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Growing Tomato

Growing Tomato

Mountain Merit Hybrid Tomato

Mountain Merit Hybrid Tomato item #00497



Tomatoes are an extremely popular warm season vegetable crop. They are the most popular garden vegetable in the US and are a summer staple. Tomatoes are excellent eaten fresh or used in baked and grilled dishes, soups, sauces, and salsa. We offer determine and indeterminate types in a wide range of colors, shapes, and sizes. Depending on the variety, tomatoes are available as seeds, plants, or grafted plants.

For more information on types of tomatoes, see our Tomato Terminology article.

How To Plant

Start seeds indoors 5 to 7 weeks before the last expected spring frost. Plant seeds 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep and maintain temperatures of 77 to 86 degrees. Expect germination in 7 to 21 days.

When transplanting seedlings to larger containers or planting in the garden, tomatoes can be planted deeply to allow rooting from the buried stems. This is an excellent way to overcome weak or spindly growth in seedlings.


For full sun locations in well-drained soil. For indeterminate varieties, provide a sturdy support structure or trellis for the plants to grow on. Determinate types can be grown without support or with tomato cages.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Tomatoes are moderate feeders and benefit from regular fertilization. Use full rates of ALGOplus Tomato 4-6-8 liquid fertilizer, Jack's Classic Tomato Feed 12-15-30, or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1.

Common Problems

Aphids, thrips, whiteflies, and hornworms sometimes attack plants. Diseases including early blight, late blight, fusarium, and verticillium can attack plants. For more information on controlling blight disease, see our Tomato Blight Diseases article. Insects can be controlled with Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew. Use 70% neem oil or Serenade to prevent disease infection.

Alternative Products

Other warm season vegetables are peppers, tomatillos, and potatoes.

Complimentary Products

Collapsible Tomato Cages can be used to support plants. Kozy Coat Plant Protectors can be used to create a warm microclimate and allow for earlier planting in the garden.

Tomato Facts

Tomatoes are in the same family as peppers, eggplant, and potatoes. They are thought to have been first domesticated in Mexico and Central America.


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