For many home gardeners, picking the first ripe tomato of the growing season is a treasured pastime. Nothing compares to vine-ripened tomatoes picked right from the garden. With the creation of new early-season varieties, tomato lovers are now able to harvest crops sooner than ever before without sacrificing taste. Ozark Pink tomatoes are perfect for home growers looking to get a jump-start on picking flavorful tomatoes for salads, sandwiches, and fresh eating. Read on for more Ozark Pink information.
What is an Ozark Pink Tomato?
Ozark Pink tomatoes are a variety of tomato plant that was developed by the University of Arkansas. Ozark Pink is an early-season, indeterminate tomato. Since this variety is indeterminate, this means that the plants will continue to produce fruits throughout the entire growing season. This productivity is yet another aspect which makes it a main crop choice for many growers.
Fruits of Ozark Pink plants generally weigh around 7 ounces (198.5 g.), and are produced on large, vigorous vines. These vines, often reaching 5 feet (1.5 meters) in length, require the support of a strong cage or staking system in order prevent damage to the plants and to the fruit.
As the name suggests, plants will set fruit which ripen to a reddish-pink color. Due to its disease resistance, Ozark Pink tomatoes are a wonderful option for gardeners growing in hot and humid climates, as this variety is resistant to both verticillium wilt and fusarium wilt.
How to Grow Ozark Pink
Growing Ozark Pink tomatoes is very similar to growing other types of tomatoes. While it may be possible to find plants available locally, it’s likely that you may need to start the seeds yourself. To grow tomatoes, sow the seeds indoors, at least six to eight weeks before your last predicted frost date. For good germination, ensure that soil temperatures stay around 75-80 F. (24-27 C.).
After all chance of frost has passed, harden off the seedlings and transplant them into the garden. Secure a trellis structure in which to support the vines as the fruits begin to grow. Tomatoes require a warm, sunny growing location with at least 6-8 hours of direct sun each day.