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Crop Profile

Courtesy Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc.

Champion

A meaty, slightly sweet slicing tomato, Champion was bred as a sandwich tomato. It’s a hybrid with increased disease resistance.

Size: Indeterminate vines continue to grow until frost; unless regularly pruned, plants will reach up to 8 feet in height. Bright-red fruits weigh 8 to 12 ounces.

Sunlight requirements: Full sun (A minimum of six to eight hours per day is ideal.)

Water requirements: A minimum of 1 inch per week—water the root zone as needed and keep foliage dry to deter foliar diseases. Proper mulching aids in prevention of blossom end rot, drought stress and other issues associated with fluctuations in soil-moisture levels.

Soil requirements: Well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Soils high in nitrogen will result in excessive foliage growth at the expense of good fruit production.

When to plant: Transplant in spring, after the danger of frost has passed and nights remain above 55 degrees F. Seeds should be started indoors under lights four to six weeks before transplanting.

Where to plant: Garden; containers (8-gallon minimum)

When to harvest: 70 days from transplanting.

Product storage: Store at room temperature for best flavor.

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