Here is the Ace 55 Tomato, Solanum lycopersicum. This tomato originates from the USA and was introduced by Asgrow Seed Company in 1964 as a commercial variety for the canning industry. The fruits are a red round slicer with a red flesh inside that gets to about 1.75 inches round and weighing as much as 5 to 8 Oz. The thing about this variety is the false story that it is low acid and that this variety causes botulism in home canning, THIS IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE! Plants can get to 6 feet tall in really good soil but plants tend to get to 4 feet tall. Great for salads, eating fresh and for tomato sauce! Open pollinated, semi-compact, determinate, regular leaf, mid season, red, canner, VF, 75 to 95+ days. LOT# 1 TAG# 140-2021
Ace 55 Tomato
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1) Prepare for planting. Sprout tomato seeds in small containers, preferably 4" or smaller. In-ground germination is not recommended. Use a standard potting mix that is well drained. Start seeds in containers approximately 8 weeks prior to the planned set-out date. Plants should ultimately be transplanted to the garden 1-2 weeks after the expected date of last frost.
2) Plant seeds. Plant seeds 1/4" deep in the soil. Cover with soil and water carefully. Overwatering can cause fungal growth which leads to seed rot. Excess water can also bury seeds deep in the soil where they will not be able break the surface. Water when the soil surface just begins to dry. Multiple seeds can be planted in a single starter container, but should be thinned once seedlings appear so only a single plant remains. Seeds do not require light for germination but some light source should be provided for seedlings once they emerge from the soil.
3) Germination. Soil should be kept consistently warm, from 70-85F. Cool soils, below about 60-65F, even just at night, will significantly delay or inhibit germination. Hot soils above 95F will also inhibit germination.
4) Care of seedlings. Once a few true leaves have developed, seedlings should be slowly moved outside (if sprouted indoors) to ambient light. Care should be taken not to expose seedlings to direct, scorching sun so plants may need to be hardened off via slow sun exposure. Hardening off can be done using a shaded or filtered light location, as well as protection from strong winds, rain or low humidity. Hardening off time varies, but can take 5-10 days.
5) Planting out. Plant in the ground once danger of frost has past and daytime temperatures consistently reach 65F. Plants can be spaced as close as 24" apart. Germination time: 1-3 weeks under ideal conditions.