With crack-resistant fruits on disease-resistant plants, First Lady’s fruiting occurs in clusters on the vine and production is early.
Size: Indeterminate vines grow large unless pruned. Bright-red fruits mature at 5 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 is best. 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 Fahrenheit. Start seeds indoors under lights four to six weeks before transplanting.
Where to plant: Garden; containers (8-gallon minimum)
When to harvest: 66 days from transplanting.
Product storage: Store at room temperature for best flavor.