Wisconsin 55 Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum

$4.45

Pkt(≈30 seeds)
Certified Organic
72 days. Refreshing taste of summer in a gorgeous, scarlet-red, round, mid-size slicing tomato. Juicy but never mushy, the Wisconsin 55 is great for salads and sandwiches. Impressively vigorous, blemish-free, crack-resistant, uniform, high-yielding and stores well. Good disease resistance to early blight, so it keeps producing until frost. A workhorse variety with exceptional flavor – we just can’t seem to stop talking about how much we love it! Bred in 1947 by renowned plant pathologist John Charles Walker of the University of Wisconsin, Madison back when our public universities bred high-quality seeds for public good. It was bred for disease and crack resistance in the humid upper Midwest. If you have trouble growing tomatoes, try Wisconsin 55! Plants are indeterminate.

Start tomato seeds inside at least 6 weeks before last frost (around 4/1). Ideal temperature for germination is 85° (use a heating mat). Days to germination: 5-14. Once leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Plant seedlings outside late May into fertile garden soil (with lots of compost or decomposed manure) at a spacing of 18” apart. Stake tomato plants. Tomatoes are susceptible to several fungal diseases (including Early and Late Blight and Verticillium Wilt). To prevent blight, keep foliage dry by 1) Pruning tomato plants to allow for good air circulation 2) Water with drip irrigation/soaker hoses. Crop rotation is also key to preventing tomato diseases. Ideally, plant tomato plants in a spot that has not had any Solanaceae crops (tomato, peppers, eggplant, potatoes) growing there for 4 years. Frequent watering will help to minimize cracking of tomatoes.