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Tomato, Fourth Of July Hybrid

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The first tomato to ripen by Independence Day.

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Celebrate the Fourth of July with a plentiful harvest of vine-ripened red, luscious tomatoes. The indeterminate plants produce plentiful 4 oz. tomatoes all season long.
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Days To Maturity

49 days

Fruit Weight

4 ounces

Sun

Full Sun

Spread

55 inches

Height

55 inches

Sow Method

Indoor Sow

Planting Time

Spring

Sow Time

6-8 weeks BLF

Thin

36 inches

Life Cycle

Annual

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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
    49 days
    Fruit Weight
    4 ounces
    Sun
    Full Sun
    Spread
    55 inches
    Height
    55 inches
    Sow Method
    Indoor Sow
    Planting Time
    Spring
    Sow Time
    6-8 weeks BLF
    Thin
    36 inches
    Life Cycle
    Annual
  • Tomato, Fourth Of July Hybrid is rated 4.373 out of 5 by 126.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from 30 Seed, not 40 Second year buying seeds. Satisfied customer with first order but second time I got exactly 30 seeds, not 40. Not satisfied.
    Date published: 2016-01-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fourth of July tomato seeds I bought and planted these seeds last summer. It was a cool summer in Ohio but tomatoes were ripe in August but continued to yield right into October. Other tomatoes in the area did not turn red very well.
    Date published: 2016-01-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The only tomates I planted that didn't die in 2014 I purchased 4 pks of these, 4th of July tomatoes seeds in 2014 at Lowes. I started the seeds indoors in Feb.here in N.W. Tn. I didn't have a garden in 2015 due to sickness. Anyway I grew 40 plants from seeds indoors like I said. I also went to a local nursery and purchased 3 other different type of tomatoes.I think 35 plants. About half way through the growing season most of the tomatoes plants I purchased started wilting and I mean fast.Every day or 2 I dug up a couple and threw away untill all the other plants I purchased died except just a couple.I had a wilt problem big time. If it had not been for the 4th of July tomatoes I started from seeds I would have not had hardly any tomatoes in my garden to eat at all. The wilt problem was the worse I had ever seen here. All of the tomatoes I started from seed made it and not a one had the wilt.I had enough tomatoes to eat and give to my family and friends. This year all the tomatoes and other vegetables I plant will be from Burpee only. I am sure there are other fine seeds vendors out here but my money goes to Burpee due to my great 2014 tomato harvest. Thank You Burpee for great seeds.
    Date published: 2016-01-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The gift that keeps on giving These tomatoes are true to its word....I have grown them for four garden seasons and they have never disappointed..ever! The annual anticipation of your first summer tomatoes is mitigated when these delicious tomatoes make their debut right on schedule on or near the 4th of July. They make waiting for your heirloom crop easier to bear and these just keep on coming to fill in the other gaps. Not to mention they are delicious.
    Date published: 2016-01-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Abundant Producer I ordered Fourth of July as a mixed 3-pack of plants along with Cloudy Day and Italian Ice. (See my other reviews on them.) The plants arrived May 8 with healthy roots and sturdy stalks in nice packaging. Because last frost wasn’t predicted until Mother’s Day, I didn’t plant them until May 23. They were tucked into a raised bed with a mixture of 1/3 Peat Moss, 1/3 Vermiculite and 1/3 organic compost. While I didn’t have red tomatoes to pick by July 4th due to my late planting, there were 6 green tomatoes by June 29 and tons of blooms. The first 5 red tomatoes were ready July 25. The flavor is intense and concentrated due to the smaller size, but I like this. They make great additions to salads and I even sliced them for sandwiches. The fruit is perfectly round and picture perfect. June was a wet month with 7 inches of rain and all three of my tomato plants from Burpee grew like gangbusters easily topping 6 feet tall. Fourth of July is a heavy producer and from the end of July through September I picked more than 200 tomatoes! I recommend this variety and will plant them again. While my friends lost their tomatoes due to the overly wet weather, Fourth of July exceeded expectations with abundance and the only disease I experienced was spotted leaf which affected all of the tomato plants come September.
    Date published: 2015-10-04
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my favorite Maybe comparing this tomato to the yellow pear and napa grape tomatoes is unfair, but the 4th of July just didn't measure up. Production started well after the others and weeks after July 4th despite being grown in southern California. Most of them split or had other issues and the remaining tomatoes just weren't that great. The plant wasn't as hardy as the others and didn't grow nearly as well. At this point (Sept 7th), there are a few ripe ones on the vine and no one cares enough to pick them. I won't plant them again.
    Date published: 2015-09-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4th of some month but still a great tomato Purchased as a start and planted along with 13 other starts; had a "surprise" late frost and this was the only one that didn't make it. Burpee, however, came through and sent replacement. That was planted quickly upon arrival and did well except didn't see any fruit until August!? Mid-August that is. To be fair however, it has produced endlessly since and the best part is they seem to hold-up for days after picking. I will certainly plant again next year and hope for July harvest but regardless will enjoy.
    Date published: 2015-09-05
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Taste is pretty good....if I ordered it! First, the taste of the tomato is pretty good/okay. The plants grew well during the season and looked pretty healthy. The tomatoes are a good size and are ripening before the other tomatoes in my garden. Overall, the plants are growing well and are producing well. However.......I DIDN'T WANT THESE TOMATOES TO BEGIN WITH!! I ordered the Super Sweet 100s, my favorite cherry tomato. The packet I got from Burpee said "Super Sweet 100s". I planted the seeds and spent 3 months caring for these plants but when the stems with the flowers started forming I knew this wasn't the right plant. Rather than seeing a nice long belt of little cherry tomatoes I see this little cluster of fatter tomatoes. Another season of cherry tomatoes down the drain! Awesome. It's not like I can't return the plants and get new ones like you can when you are shipped the wrong item from,say, Best Buy. Oh...and did I forget to mention....THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THIS HAS HAPPENED WITH THE SS 100s!! If I can't trust the Burpee to send me the right cherry tomato seeds how can I trust them to send to me the right seeds for ANY KIND OF PLANT! Maybe it's time to take my business elsewhere.
    Date published: 2015-08-03
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