Roma Tomato


  • Full Sun
    • 6 - 8 hours of direct light



  • Zone 3 - 9



  • Requires at least 2 inches of water per week, watering every 3 - 5 days or when topsoil is dry.


  • Newly transplanted tomatoes will need water every 1 - 2 days for the first two weeks
  • Make sure the watered area is not soggy or mushy from overwatering
  • Tomatoes develop deep roots which requires water to penetrate through the soil
  • Water in the morning to prepare tomato plant for the midday sun and absorb nutrients
  • Place mulch to help retain moisture and keep the soil cool



  • Perfect for a garden or a 5+ gallon pot



  • Plant between March - June
  • Dig a hole 8 - 12 inches deep and 6 inches wide. Bury half or two-thirds of the stem in the ground to allow roots to develop and reinforce the plant.



  • Between Plants: 36 inches
  • Between Rows: 36 inches



  • Height: 3 - 4 feet
  • Width: 24 - 36 inches


Harvest time

  • 75 - 85 days



  • Loosely packed, well-drained soil composition:
    • ½ compost or humus
    • ¼ drainage and aeration material (perlite or vermiculite)
    • ¼ loam (sand and silt. Small amount of clay)
  • Preferred pH: 5.5 - 6.5



  • Fertilize soil before initially transplanting with 5-10-10 NPK (dry fertilizer only), compost or aged manure
  • Fertilize with a 5-10-5 NPK once fruit starts to form
  • Fertilize every 2 weeks with 5-10-5 NPK until all fruit has fully ripened
  • Tomatoes require adequate levels of calcium, magnesium and sulfur for the best harvest. Apply these supplements after the first fruits have started forming



  • Thicker skin is perfect for canning, salsas, sun-drying and making tomato paste. Crisp and light flavor with fewer seeds than regular tomatoes.



  • Plant next to asparagus, basil, beans, borage, carrots, celery, dill, lettuce, melons, onions, parsley, peppers, radishes, spinach and thyme



  • DO NOT plant next to broccoli, brussels, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, kale and potatoes



  • DO NOT plant peppers, tomatoes, potatoes or eggplants at the same location where peppers were planted last year


  • Consider planting any of the following where you planted peppers the previous year:
    • Carrot (Umbelliferae) - celery, carrots, parsley
    • Legume (Leguminosae) - peas, beans, lentils
    • Mustard/Brassica (Cruciferae) - broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, turnips, radishes
    • Sunflower (Compositae) - lettuce, artichokes
    • Cucurbit (Cucurbitaceae) - pumpkins, melons, squash, gourds, cucumbers
    • Allium (Amaryllidaceae) - onions, garlic, leeks
    • Goosefoot (Chenopodiaceae) - spinach, Swiss chard, beets



  • Romas are more resistant to fusarium and verticillium wilt than other types of tomatoes.
  • Tomatoes are susceptible to a variety of leaf fungi. Avoid getting the leaves wet when watering.
  • When the plant is about 6 - 8 inches tall, support the plant with stakes or a cage.