TOMATO Early Red Chief
These strong bushy plants produce large fruit to 10 oz. early in the season and continue over an extended period. The slightly lobed beefsteak type fruit can be enjoyed fresh or in sauces. Approximately 66 to 72 days to maturity from transplant.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Start seeds indoors in early spring in individual peat pots or flats. Plant seeds in sterilized, fertile soil. Cover with 1/8 inch fine soil. Water with warm water and provide plenty of light for young seedlings.
THINNING: Thin or individually pot indoor seedlings 3 inches apart.
TRANSPLANTING: Transplant outdoors in late spring after all danger of frost has passed and weather has warmed considerably.
SPACING: Leave 2 to 3 feet between plants outdoors.
GERMINATION: Approximately 1 to 2 weeks weeks in the home. Keeps soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Tomatoes prefer rich soil kept moderately moist. Fertilize monthly if necessary and avoid spraying foliage when watering. Cover young transplants with hot caps or cloches if late spring weather turns chilly. Plant in full sun, if possible against a south facing wall or fence where sun reflection will provide additional heat.