Here in East Texas, the Celebrity Tomato is by far the most popular variety and most widely available.
Celebrity Tomato vines bear clusters of large slicing tomatoes that are prized for their flavor. Celebrity's are a great, all-around, very dependable choice for all of your 'basic' tomato needs. They are great for burgers, snacks, and sandwiches.
4) Once your soil is ready, you should dig your holes twice as wide and deep enough that you can plant 2/3 of the plant (see below). Strip off any foliage from the part of the stem that is to be planted and gently place into the hole.
5) Firmly pat the soil in around your plant. Water thoroughly with a water soluble plant food such as Miracle-Gro. If you would like to use a more Earth friendly plant food, we recommend manure tea.
6) Now is the time to put a cage around your tomato plant to help stabilize it as it grows. Caged tomatoes produce more higher-quality fruit and they even have fewer disease problems.
7) Your tomatoes will be ready to harvest about 70 to 80 days after planting. For best eating, harvest your tomatoes when they are fuly colored but still firm. If you are having a problem with animals eating them you cna pick them when they start to turn pink and ripen them at room temp in a shady place.
Secrets for Growing Great Tomatoes:
Tomatoes need at least 8 hours of full sun to bring out their best flavors.
Remember to stake or cage your plants when you plant them to keep them from sprawling on the ground.
Tips for planting Celebrity Tomatoes:
1) Devote a prime, sunny spot to your tomatoes. They will grow into a tall screen of green foliage studded with ripening fruit come mid-late summer
2) Tomatoes do not tolerate frosts or freezes so make sure to plant after all danger of low temperatures has passed. Tomatoes thrive when the temps are moderately warm in the spring and early summer. With our Texas heat, your tomatoes won't set fruit when the temps get above 92 degrees.
3) Your tomatoes will do best when you plant them in a rich, sandy loam. You should till several inches of compost or other organic matter into your soil and add a good fertilizer like 15-5-10 or 13-13-13. You can add this at a rate of 2 pounds per 35 foot row before you plant. The ideal soil pH for producing quality tomatoes is 6.0 to 7.0.
Did You Know?
You should make sure to plant your tomato plants so that 2/3 of the plants stem is buried.
When you plant deeply, your plants will sprout roots along the burried stem and this makes your plants stronger and better able to find water in a drought.
Only tomatoes can be planted in this manner