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Tomato, Celebrity Hybrid

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All America Selections winner! Heavy yields of tasty tomatoes.

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All-purpose variety with superb flavor, disease resistance and heavy yield on determinate plants. Crack-resistant fruits average 7 oz.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

70 days

Fruit Weight The average weight of the fruit produced by this product.

7 ounces

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

24-36 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36-40 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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How to Sow and Plant

  • Sow tomato seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring using a seed starting kit
  • Sow seeds ¼  inch deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil. Make sure you did not grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes in the bed the previous year to avoid disease problems.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Tomatoes should be set 30-48 inches apart in a row with the rows spaced 3-4 feet apart. It can be tempting to space tomatoes more closely at planting time, but if you plant too closely you will increase the chance of disease, and decrease yields.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. 
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development. 
  • Tomatoes can be planted deeply, with the stem buried to the first set of leaves. The more deeply they are planted the more roots will form, providing the plant with additional support and better ability to take up nutrients. Some gardeners plant tomatoes by digging a horizontal trench and laying the plant in the trench with the top 2-4 inches of the plant pointing upward.
  • Fill the planting hole with soil to the top and press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water. 
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker. This is particularly important if you are trying different varieties. It is very difficult to tell which variety is which from the foliage.  
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Place your plant support at this time. You can try tomato cages or staking. Unsupported plants will sprawl on the ground, require no pruning, and will probably produce a larger yield of smaller fruit than will staked plants. For larger, cleaner, more perfect fruits, support plants as they grow. Growing on stakes: Place strong stakes in the ground and set plants about 6 inches from the stakes. Growing in cages: Place a cage around a single plant; let the vines grow and enlarge within the cage, no pruning  will be necessary

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. This is especially important for tomatoes as their roots may be easily damaged when weeding, and this can lead to blossom end rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • If growing on stakes: As the plants grow, allow only one or two main stems to grow and pinch out any other side shoots as they form. Gently tie the one or two remaining shoots to the stake; don't pull them tightly against the stake. If growing in cages, no pruning is necessary.
  • Whether to remove the side shoots, or suckers, that grow out of the leaf axils or not depends on the support system used. Gardeners using stakes usually snap off these side shoots. They typically get earlier and larger tomatoes but overall production tends to be less. If tomatoes are grown in cages, the suckers are generally left on, although it's a good idea to pinch the tip out of them when they are 6-8 inches long. Regardless you may want to remove all the growth from the bottom 6-10 inches of the plant. This helps to improve air circulation and reduce the spread of diseases such as early blight. Wait until the plants are knee-high. In the morning when the plants have the most water in them, snap off the lower growth while it is small. Any plants that look sick with distorted foliage or have a mosaic pattern on the leaves should be removed as they may have a virus that can spread to the other plants. It is best to do this early in the season.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvesting and Preserving Tips

  • Determinate tomato plants ripen a heavy crop over a few weeks. Indeterminate varieties bear fruit continuously till frost. Remember that the days to harvest refers to the time from setting out transplants in the garden.
  • Pick tomatoes when they are as ripe as possible. They should be fully colored and firm and picked regularly to avoid overloading plants.
  • At the end of the season, when you know there will be a frost, pick all the almost-ripe tomatoes you can, and ripen them in brown bags or spread on newspapers at room temperature. Many cultivars will store for months. Store only sound fruit, at 50-60°F. Do NOT refrigerate and try to avoid having the fruit touch each other.
  • The foliage of tomatoes is toxic and should not be eaten.
  • Tomato fruits are enjoyed in many cooked dishes as a flavoring. Use them to make soups, sauces, stews, ketchup, paste, juice, quiche, and pies. Add them to curries, casseroles, and chutney.
Days To Maturity
70 days
Fruit Weight
7 ounces
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
24-36 inches
Height
36-40 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Spring
Sow Time
6-8 weeks BLF
Thin
36 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Tomato, Celebrity Hybrid is rated 4.5714 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Celebrity tomatoe I planted two in each of my Earth boxes in Nov2014. Growth was terrific, production yied was excellant. They produced up to June 1st,2015. Very flavorful, not large fruit but volume makes up for it. I even dehydrated some for this coming winter soups and sauces. Dehydration really produced intense sweet flavor. Plan to repeat again this fall.
Date published: 2015-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old Favorite Celebrity is our "Old Reliable". Been planting for many years and always comes through even with our cold.wet season and deer feeding this year.Tasty. nice medium size, smooth.
Date published: 2014-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very solid tomato! We grow more than a dozen different varieties and we always include Celebrity. They can't be beat for dependability and production. Sure, there are tastier tomatoes out there, and others that produce more and bigger fruit. But overall, you can count on Celebrity to grow and produce when others might fail. The disease resistance is excellent and the fruits are always very uniform. Very good slicer and also works well for canning. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2014-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Celebrity Hybrid I rechecked the seed package just in case. Good germination, good looking plants. I babied some to get a few before 7/4 but have to say was in disbelief with the size. They kept growing and growing. The early fruit are all in excess of a full pound and one slice of the larger ones completely cover a slice of bread. If it isn't Celebrity (which I count on to resist blossom-end rot), I'm not complaining. Image and lot number available if needed.
Date published: 2014-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tried and True I really like these tomatoes. This is my second year planting them but this year I started them from seeds. They germinated really well and it seems like over night they went from seedlings to getting their true leaves. I started them in pellets and transplanted to peat pots and they are thriving. I started them a month ago and they are about 3-4 inches tall. I used these for slicing and making salsa. They are very meaty and dense tomato. They are pretty disease resistant but just in case I spray them with baking soda/dish soap and water solution.
Date published: 2013-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tomato This is the tomato to have in your garden. My wife and I grow them each year and are never disappointed. The flavor is great and the size is just right. Very productive.
Date published: 2012-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A real garden staple! Always make room for one of these in the dozen different varieties I grow each year, and it never disappoints. A real solid performer, and the determinate plant habit is great, although it can get a bit tall. I think newer varieties have slightly better flavor complexity, this is just so consistent in all other regards, I will always have 1.
Date published: 2011-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hands Down, My Favorite Slicing Tomato In Summer!! It doesn't get any better than the hybrid variety tomato called THE CELEBRITY!! For disease-resistance, flavor, heartiness, it just can't be beat! The first yield of tomatoes with be big beefsteak size without a blemish in sight if you add in a little lime and epsom salts to the soil when cultivating it before planting. They have beautiful foiliage which protects fruits from sun damage. MAN!!---On a sandwich, on grilled burgers, just sliced with some mozzarella and fresh basil, drizzled with some extra virgin olive oil, sea salt & pepper...WOW!! Of course, your favorite house italian or vinagrette doesn't hurt either! ( -: I got four yields each out of the 3 vines I grew and they were abundant! By the second yield, they get smaller but are still mid sized and very flavorful. They are determinate, so they get bushy across and about 3 to 5 ft high. They have thick strong stalks, but still need to be caged because the fruit get heavy. Also, I noticed that these turn red quicker than other varieties. They are just a win win tomato for your garden! (-:
Date published: 2010-10-08
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