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Tomato, Atlas Hybrid

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First-ever beefsteaks for porches and decks in warm, sunny conditions everywhere.

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Pick big, tasty beefsteaks right outside your door! First-ever beefsteaks for porches and decks in warm, sunny conditions everywhere. New bushy, compact ‘Atlas’ plants easily shoulder their bountiful loads of one-pound tomatoes. This vigorous, neatly growing paragon of the patio combines modern performance with old-time flavor. Fruits deliver unsurpassed balance of sweetness and acidity. Semi-determinate plants.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

Beefsteak

Fruit Bearing This refers to the relative season when the plant produces fruit, or if it bears continuously or just once

Determinate

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

65-75 days

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

14-20 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.

36-40 inches

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    Tomatoes
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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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 until 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.
Type
Beefsteak
Fruit Bearing
Determinate
Days To Maturity
65-75 days
Fruit Weight
14-20 ounces
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
36-40 inches
Height
50-60 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Sow Time
6-8 weeks BLF
Thin
36 inches
Tomato, Atlas Hybrid is rated 2.9 out of 5 by 28.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed with Atlas I started this tomato from seeds. Nice healthy looking plants to start with. Planted in very large containers. Put one in the ground-small plant, looks terrible. It is in the same area with various other varieties that are huge, lush, producing plants. Container ones are producing big lumpy fruit. Leaves are brown, wilting. Has done this all along. Sorry I gave some plants to neighbors kids to try to grow for themselves. Very disappointed. Other people I gave plants to are also having problems. Taste -OK. There are many other better nice growing/producing varieties out there. Early Girl, Sun Gold, Big Beef, etc. Gladiator has been a champ! Huge, great for sauce. Atlas is a no-go in my yard.
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mother Nature was No Help Ordered these due to the "Container" type. Grew very well and blossoms set and a few tomatoes on each plant but then the weather started going crazy. No rain to extreme heat and now torrential downpours and very high heat indexes over 100. Needless to say I have only gotten 3 nice tomatoes off th 3 plants so far. one plant is just now getting 1 tomatoe. All the other year I got tons of tomatoes even giving them away and canning them. This year barely enough for one person. Next year I will go back to my full size Beefsteak plants
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from terrible Tomato Terrible tomato, No taste, Very meaty. Big but no favor.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad Experience This year I tried the new Atlas Bush tomato. I grew it in a 16" pot with fresh potting soil same as I grow other types of potted tomatoes, new potting soil every year with Miracle Gro Shake & Feed slow release as recommended on instructions. I checked the soil moisture with a moisture meter daily and when water was needed I gently applied it on base of soil. By now, 8/8/2018 it produced 5 gigantic tomatoes of about 2 Lbs each. They are beautiful while green but a couple started turning color and they developed many cracks and other ugly things, it was never kept over watered or under watered. Next to this I have another a 16 inch pot with a different variety, which is still healthy looking, produced about 20 medium size tomatoes and already ripened a couple without any problem, exactly grown as the Atlas. After 6 weeks from planting I applied a by weekly weak solution of Algo Plus 4-6-8 which is working great on all pots and even on my raised bed garden.I just disposed of all the Atlas tomatoes and the plant. I wish I knew what was the real problem but I will not grow this again. F.M.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small plant but big, and impresive in size fruits. This is such a small plant but is producing about 10 very large fruits. I do not know if they will all turn red, but I already harvested one and it is huge. If I have one of this big fruits turn red every weekend for the rest of the season, I will be recommending this product.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I have to tip my hat to this tomato From all accounts, we had the absolute worst summer for growing in North Texas for 40 years. In our area, we had temperatures over 110 degrees for days on end -- in fact, we were 90+ degrees from the beginning of May on, which wreaked havoc on our garden. We grew these in containers and these were our only full-sized tomatoes which actually produced anything at all. There weren't many, just a dozen for three plants, but that they survived the incredibly brutal heat for the entire growing season and produced anything at -all- was amazing, especially since almost all the other tomatoes withered up and died. The flavor was great, too. We had some problems with cracking, but again...given the circumstances, we're not inclined to complain. I'd love to see what they could do in a normal (well, it's Texas, so it's not normal for any other sane place in the country) summer, and I'll definitely be planting these again.
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Atlas container Toms As of 8/3 we have picked just one tomato from the 6 Atlas plants. Slow developer and sparse on fruit. Hopefully August will bring it with these. The Steak Sandwich have twice as many tomatoes and Bush Early Girl are great producers and have had tomatoes for 1.5 months.
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Never had a tomato so large that we used one cut I half for our favorite tuna stuffed tomatoes
Date published: 2018-08-02
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