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Tomato, Patio Princess Hybrid

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Perfectly sized, petite tomato plants for patio containers.

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Invite these petite plants onto your patio and get ready to enjoy a bountiful supply of the tastiest little tomatoes ever. The 2' plants fruit mightily-producing as many 2 1/2" fruits as plants twice their size. Patio Princess is just the right size for small pots and a large tub can fit 2-3 plants.
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Product properties

Days To Maturity

65-68 days

Fruit Weight

4-5 ounces

Sun

Full Sun

Spread

18 inches

Height

24 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
    65-68 days
    Fruit Weight
    4-5 ounces
    Sun
    Full Sun
    Spread
    18 inches
    Height
    24 inches
    Sow Method
    Indoor Sow
    Planting Time
    Spring
    Sow Time
    6-8 weeks BLF
    Thin
    36 inches
    Life Cycle
    Annual
  • Tomato, Patio Princess Hybrid is rated 3.7561 out of 5 by 41.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent tomato plant Produced several large and promising clusters and then developed blight and lost about half the production.
    Date published: 2015-11-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect Tomato!!! I have a container garden (using 36 gallon plastic storage totes with drainage holes added). I'm still pretty new to gardening (year 3), so still kind of experimenting. I'd had larger plants previously, which were actually broke down the containers they were in, and a couple that actually got too big for the 6 foot supports! With that in mind, I was looking for a smaller plant, perhaps to use in the "Topsy Turvy" upside down hanging planters. I ordered 3 of the Patio Princess. I was actually in the hospital when they arrived, but my hubby unpacked them and kept them watered and alive till I was able to get them planted. Ended up using one of the big containers instead of the Topsy Turvys because I didn't have proper places for them to hang. I put these three in a container with a plant ordered from another company (I'd ORDERED 18 from that company, and only ONE survived...lesson learned!). The other plant got quite large (easily 6 ft tall), so the patio princess seemed kind of dwarfed in comparison. I was afraid that the big one would take up all the root space and diminish the Patio Princess' produce. That was one needless worry!!! These little darlings were LOADED with tomatoes. I expected them to stay small (cherry sized), they got almost tennis ball size! Took quite a while to ripen, but they tasted great! These beautiful tomatoes are fantastic sliced, diced and even in sauce! One side note...these plants are "determinate", which, if I understand the term, means they give you one harvest all at once, and then they die off, so that's what I expected. I was dealing with health issues, so I didn't remove the Patio Princess plants when they were done...a couple of weeks after them being loaded and giving me a fantastic harvest, they actually started blossoming again! Now, the season's almost over (Sept 27), and there are about a dozen tomatoes on these lovely little plants!!! These Patio Princess plants have met and far exceeded my expectations! I'll definitely buy these again!!!
    Date published: 2015-09-27
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible These were the worst patio tomatoes ever! The plants had lots of fruit but the skin was thick and they had absolutely NO flavor. We threw the plants away early.
    Date published: 2015-09-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's pretty good! The patio princess was one of the several varieties of tomato I planted this year. It is very easy to grow and, depending on the planter size you plant it in, produces a very good amount of fruit. For instance, I had one plant planted in a smaller hanging planter, which produced probably 20 LARGE cherry sized tomatoes on it. I also had a couple others growing in 12-20 inch pots and some of them had tomatoes the size of small slicers growing on them! They haven't experienced any disease/problems so far and the taste is pretty good, but not out-of-this-world. I'm still on the hunt for tastier tomato varieties, but I was satisfied with this tomato and will probably grow it again some day.
    Date published: 2015-07-06
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from For display only I grew many of these plants last year , they produce tons perfect looking round fruit , very good looking plant strong and hardy, the tomatoes however are very hard and tasteless. this would be a great plant for show , to be planted in a nice wine barrel pot , for this I would rate 5 stars otherwise it gets a 2 from me
    Date published: 2015-03-15
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from DETERMINATE Hey! Here's some obvious advice for noobs! Don't plant these guys with the indeterminates like I did! They will get shaded out and not perform very well. All in all I think I got a quart out of three plants. That's pretty pathetic. But, it's my fault. The plant grew well, and tasted fine.
    Date published: 2014-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Patio Tomato I live in an apartment and don't have too much room to plant. In fact, I can only use a container, since the yard work is performed by a contracted service and usually mows down anything in their mowers tracks, so planting in the ground isn't a suggested idea. So I decided to try these patio tomatoes and have had a wonderful crop all season and then some, even now when the season is going into Fall. The only problem I had was that my soil wasn't properly treated with calcium, and I did have some tomato rot on the fruit itself. But I did get some Miracle Grow Tomato fertilizer with calcium in a pellet form, which seems to be working. I should have added it earlier when I first planted, but didn't until I started having the problem about half way into the season. Next time I'll know to add that first to the soil. I will be purchasing these particular hybrids again next year as they are perfect the perfect size for sandwiches and salads.
    Date published: 2014-09-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific, prolific tomato Great plant for growing in pots. Very prolific and produced tons of tasty little tomatoes. I will definitely grow again in the future.
    Date published: 2014-09-17
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