The Q&A Archives: Growing Giant Tomatoes

Question: I would like to know what varieties of tomatoes produce the largest fruit. I live in coastal Mississippi where I enjoy a long growing season. Could you tell me any information on how to grow some real whoppers?

Answer: The keys to growing super-sized vegetables include choosing the right variety, good soil preparation, providing adequate water and nutrients, providing plenty of room to grow, monitoring pest problems, and choosing one or more of the best and largest fruits/vegetables and removing all others so all the plant's energy can be directed to that one. A good reference book is How to Grow Giant Vegetables by Bernard Lavery (Harper Collins, NY, 1995). There is also a handbook written by prize winning tomato grower Minnie Zaccaria called "How to Grow Giant Tomatoes" available from Totally Tomatoes at ph. (803) 663-0016 or, write to them at P.O. Box 1626, Augusta GA 30903-1626. As for varieties, try Burpee's 'Delicious' is the variety that produced the world's largest tomato, a whopping 7 lbs. 12 oz.!!

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