What is a Yellow Ruffled tomato? As the name suggests, Yellow Ruffled tomato is a golden-yellow tomato with pronounced pleats, or ruffles. The tomatoes are slightly hollow inside, making them a great choice for stuffing. Growing Yellow Ruffled tomatoes is fairly straightforward as long as you can provide the plant’s basic needs as far as soil, water and sunlight. Read on to learn how to grow a Yellow Ruffled tomato plant.
Ruffled Yellow Tomato Info and Growing Tips
Plant Yellow Ruffled tomatoes where the plants are exposed to at least six to eight hours of sunlight per day. Allow 3 feet (1 m.) between each tomato plant to provide ample air circulation.
Dig 3 to 4 inches (8-10 cm.) of compost into the soil before planting. This is also a good time to add a slow-release fertilizer.
Plant tomato plants deeply, burying about two-thirds of the stem. This way, the plant is able to send out roots all along the stem. You can even lay the plant sideways in a trench; it will soon straighten up and grow towards the sunlight.
Provide a cage, trellis or stakes to keep Yellow Ruffled tomato plants off the ground. Staking should be done at planting time or soon after.
Apply a layer of mulch after the ground warms up, as tomatoes love warmth. If you apply it too soon, mulch will keep the soil too cool. Mulch will prevent evaporation and prevent water from splashing on the leaves. However, limit mulch to 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm.), especially if slugs are a problem.
Pinch the leaves from the bottom 12 inches (30 cm.) of the plant when it reaches a height of about 3 feet (1 m.). The lower leaves, which tend to be more crowded and receive less light, are more susceptible to fungal diseases.
Water Yellow Ruffled tomatoes deeply and regularly. Typically, tomatoes require water every five to seven days, or whenever the top 1 inch (2.5 cm.) of soil feels dry. Uneven watering frequently leads to cracking and blossom end rot. Decrease watering when the tomatoes begin to ripen.