Tropic Tomato Care – How To Grow Tomato ‘Tropic’ Plants

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With all of the great tomato cultivars available today, you may not be familiar with the tomato Tropic, but it’s definitely worth a look. It’s a great choice for gardeners in hot, humid areas, like the mid-Atlantic area where the disease tomato blight is rampant. What is a Tropic tomato? It’s a disease-resistant variety that thrives in hot areas where other cultivars don’t. Read on for information about growing Tropic tomatoes and tips on Tropic tomato care.

What is a Tropic Tomato?

Although tomato plants require lots of daily direct sunshine to produce America’s favorite garden crop, many cultivars don’t appreciate very hot, humid weather. But the tomato ‘Tropic’ variety succeeds where others fail. This tomato variety was developed by the University of Florida and its claim to fame is its ability to thrive in regions with “tropical” weather. When gardeners in hot, humid areas plant tomatoes, their hopes are often dashed by tomato blight, a fungal disease that strikes plants when the weather is hot and wet. The tomato ‘Tropic’ plant is exceptionally disease-resistant, and excellent for areas where blight is an issue.

Growing Tropic Tomatoes

If you are thinking of growing Tropic tomatoes, you’ll be happy to know that the fruit of this plant is beautiful and delicious. Mature fruit weighs in at 0.5 pounds (0.25 kilograms) or more and has a rich, tomato taste. This variety works well in almost any role, in your garden, your greenhouse or as a market tomato. The plant is indeterminate and rises to 5 feet (1.5 m.) tall. As fruit ripens, it turns a deep red with green shoulders. The tomatoes are round with thick walls and a great, sweet flavor.

Tropic Tomato Care

Given its disease resistance, Tropic tomato care requires no more effort than other tomato varieties. That means you must grow the plants in an area with at least 6 hours of direct sun and organically rich, well-draining soil. Of course, irrigation is an important part of Tropic tomato care. Like all tomato plants, tomato Tropic requires regular water to produce juicy fruit. You’ll want to plant these tomatoes in spring for a mid-to-late season crop. Count on a harvest in 80 to 85 days.

Teo Spengler

Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.