Origin: Comox Valley cultivar
Tomato 'Merville Rocket'
Preferred Situation: Full sun; fertile evenly moist soil
Harvest Date: Saturday 22 September, 2012
Seed count: 15-20
70 days. This locally developed, prolific, field tomato bears an abundance of two ounce red tasty, tangy, meaty fruits on indeterminate plants. A good field tomato for those looking for early ripening bounty for salads, snacking or processing. The grower of this tomato has been saving seed from this variety for over 20 years. Popular at our Farmer's Market. Seems to be crack free and suffers little from disease. Will bear as long as the weather permits.
Open pollinated. Bigger the roots at transplant (mid May) bigger the harvest. Prune sparingly. Protect from rain; water at plant base never foliage except foliar feeds. Heavy feeder; use balanced organic fertilizer. Excess nitrogen= leaves no fruit; no calcium=blossom end rot; extreme heat=blossom drop.
Sow 5 mm deep. Keep moist; plastic cover improves success. Opt. germination temp: 18-25 C. Days to germ: 5-10. Most varieties of tomatoes drop their blooms when temperatures reach 85 F or greater, so make sure your tomatoes don't get over heated. Blossom end rot is a nutritional disorder where a lack of calcium causes the fruit to rot from the blossom end so be sure you use something like rock phosphate (22% calcium) when amending your tomato beds. Use mulch to retain moisture or prevent water from splashing up on your plants as tomatoes hate having their foliage wet...NEVER WATER FROM ABOVE...its like someone splashing a cold bucket of water on you!