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Rutgers Tomato
'Rutgers' tomatoes.
Rutgers Tomato
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75 days, indeterminate — The plants are beautifully well behaved and compact for an indeterminate variety. Its fruits typically weigh about six ounces, are bright red in color, globular and slightly flattened in shape with smooth, thick walls that are crack resistant. Good for fresh slicing, cooking, juicing, as well as for canning — an excellent all-purpose variety.

'Rutgers' is the result of stabilizing a cross made in 1928 between 'J. T. D.' and 'Marglobe' by Dr. Lyman G. Schermerhorn at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station[1,2] and introduced in 1934.[2,3] Developed for New Jersey's tomato processors, companies such as Campbell's Soup and Heinz, it remained popular with commercial growers throughout the mid-twentieth century.

Home gardeners quickly "discovered" its fine juice and canning properties. Long after it was replaced by newer varieties in the commercial tomato industry, it remains a popular home garden variety to this day. There are approximately 90 to 100 seeds per 0.25 gram.

Informational Sources:
  1. "Tomato Varieties," by Gordon Morrison, Michigan State College A.E.S., Special Bulletin 290, April 1938.
  2. "Tomatoes by Stokes," Francis C. Stokes & Co., Moorestown, NJ, 1936.
  3. "Scientific Breeding Gives New Jersey the Rutgers Tomato," L. G. Schermerhorn, New Jersey State Horticultural Society News, November, 1934.
  4. "Tomatoes by Stokes," Francis C. Stokes & Co., Moorestown, NJ, 1950.
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Rutgers Disease Resistance
Germination rate was good but vigor lacked compared to Mortgage Lifter and an unknown variety that an old friend gave me. Because of that I did not set the 'Rutgers' tomatoes out. I wish I did because both of the other tomato varieties got Septoria Leaf Spot and I have never had 'Rutgers' get anything.
Reviewed by: Michael Rundquist from zone 5,6 virginia mountains. on 8/21/2013
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