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How to Grow Rutgers Heirloom Tomatoes

The Rutgers tomato is a superior heirloom tomato variety. It was once the top performing commercial variety. It is still popular in the home garden.

Rutgers tomatoes are a mid-season, main crop variety with good flavor.


Vigorous, indeterminate plants grow up to 6 feet tall. Strong, healthy vines, with heavy foliage, will produce up to frost.

Rutgers tomatoes have a pleasing flavor, smooth skin with no cracking, and a firm, uniform flesh. The heavy foliage reduces sun scald.

The round to slightly flattened globe shaped fruit, grows to about 10 ounces.

Rutgers tomatoes are great for eating fresh, canning, sauces, catsup, and juice.

Days to Maturity: 65-70 from setting out plants into the garden.

Growing Tip: Indoor starts need at least 12 hours of full sun light. Provide grow lights as needed.

Rutgers Tomato Origin and History:

This is a very popular tomato was developed in 1934, at Rutgers University by breeder Lyman Schermerhorn.

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Garden Tomato Recipes: May we suggest:

When making large amounts of juice or sauce, you will need a tomato strainer and sauce maker, to easily remove seeds and skin.  See Tomato Strainers.

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