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Tomato, Health Kick Hybrid

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Packed full of flavor and lycopene.

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A breakthrough in breeding, this tomato is actually healthier for you than others you can grow or buy. Packed with the 50% more of the beneficial antioxidant lycopene, this prolific saladette produces a bountiful crop of 4 oz., sweet red fruits. The harvest of this determinant type tomato is ready about 75 days after setting plants out in the garden. Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Grow in full sun, where plants receive a minimum of 6-8 hours of direct sun a day.
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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.

75 days

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

4 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.

18 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24-30 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
75 days
Fruit Weight
4 ounces
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
18 inches
Height
24-30 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Spring
Sow Time
6-8 weeks BLF
Thin
6 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Tomato, Health Kick Hybrid is rated 4.458333333333333 out of 5 by 24.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Flavor I used to purchase these tomatoes at our local farmers market but the couple who grew them quit coming. I have purchased the seeds for two years now. They all germinate giving me more plants than I need. I plant 12 and give the rest away. Everyone loves the flavor and they have a very long shelf life. As an added bonus they have more lycopene than most tomatoes.
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Favorite I took a chance on Health Kick Hybrid for the health benefits but I didn't expect such a delicious and versatile tomato. Great in salads and sandwiches, plus it makes an excellent sauce. This will be a staple in all my future gardens.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tasty tomatoe I grow this tomato each summer, starting them from seed. Each year I am amazed at the abundance of fruit this puts out. I can them every summer along with several other varieties and the flavor is amazing. Use them in all my meals thorugh out the winter months. Knowing that my family is eating healthy as well is a bonus.
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best tomato!!!! cant say enough good things about the health kick hybrid tomato!! disease resistant, easy to grow, huge yeilds, fantastic flavor, and last but not least..a healthy dose of lycopene. ive been ordering these plants from burpee for many years and ive never been let down. keep up the great work burpee!!!
Date published: 2013-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Richest sweetest tasting tomato ever! This Health Kick tomato not only looks beautiful when ready to be picked, but it tastes sweeter and richer than any tomato I can remember growing. It's also a nice medium size. It doesn't have a tone of seeds, is not fleshy, and it is such a versatile tomato. It is as great to use in salads and sandwiches as it is to use in cooking. I have used it for tomato sauce, and my guests keep asking what kind of tomato I used because it's SO delicious. It's great to pick and eat right off the vine with a little salt and pepper! Another terrific thing is how prolific the plants are. Each plant produces tons of fruit. They seem to be resistant to disease and become a rich red color. I just love these Health Kick. This are a yearly favorite of mine and I promise you if you try them, they will not disappoint!
Date published: 2012-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this tomato is wonderful and delightful to grow This tomato stands up to our 100+ degrees and keeps preforming. This tomato is very large and meaty and is ideal for making BBQ sauce, pasta sauce, marinara sauce and is excellent just cut up into a salad as it does not have a lot of juice, just big tomato flavor.
Date published: 2012-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful flavor! These tomatoes were not only great in salads but made outstanding sauce for the freezer. I loved coming in from the garden and enjoying pasta with fresh sauce for dinner made from these sweet flavorful tomatoes. Just outstanding!!
Date published: 2012-02-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Maybe Though in past years, prior to 2010 I very much liked these...productive, made great sun dried tomatoes and sauces. In 2010 I ordered plants, 12 in all. 10 were dead upon delivery, the other 2 were sickly and did not produce very well. .I had to buy local as I did not want to risk it.
Date published: 2011-01-09
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