Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Roma') in the Tomatoes Database

Botanical names:
Solanum lycopersicum Accepted
Lycopersicon lycopersicum Synonym

Data specific to Tomatoes (Edit)
Heredity: Open Pollinated
Skin Color: Red
Flesh Color: Red
Fruit Shape: Plum
Fruit Size: Small
Fruit Weight: 3 oz.
Leaf Type: Regular-Leaf
Tomato Plant Height: 4 feet
Best Uses: Paste
Growth Mode: Determinate
Earliness: Mid-season
Disease Resistance: Fusarium Wilt 1
Verticillium Wilt
Comments by NJ Ag Exp St.: Old popular variety for paste. Meaty thick walls with few seeds? Compact vines?
Country: USA

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Plant Spread: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Leaves: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Direct sowing into the garden not recommended. Sow seeds into sterile seed starting mix, 1/8"-1/4" deep, indoors, 6-8 weeks prior to last expected frost date. Optimal germination occurs in 7-14 days with constant moisture and soil temperatures of 75-90F.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Containers: Preferred depth: Some tomato varieties, primarily dwarf and determinate varieties, are suitable for container gardening. Large, vining, indeterminate types can be grown in 5 gallon or larger containers but may require extra attention.

a box of romas

Rediscovering TomatoesRediscovering Tomatoes
January 16, 2013

What could you compare to a ripe tomato, fresh from the garden? Tomatoes are consistently one of the most popular edible garden plants, grown all over the world, yet most people have only tried a bland handful of the thousands of varieties available. For decades tomato availability was controlled by canning, shipping, and mechanical harvesting and processing needs, but now we're finally seeing a return to the flavors, textures, and versatility that made tomatoes so compelling in the first place.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 13, 2013 1:27 PM

Roma is probably the best-known and most widely grown paste-type tomato. It has its faults, such as being prone to blossom end rot. Determinate plants set fruits heavily in a short time frame, which is what you want for processing. Great for cooking, but not good for eating fresh becaise they need cooking to bring out the flavor.

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Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Aug 22, 2014 9:21 PM

This variety is widely available, probably the most common paste tomato in my area. It produces a large number of small, oblong fruits, which stay relatively firm even when fully ripe. They are pretty meaty, with little juice, and don't have a lot of flavor when eaten raw. They are, however, excellent for making sauce, as the sauce thickens up much more quickly than tomatoes with more watery juice. There are paste tomatoes I like much better (i.e., Viva Italia!), as this one doesn't taste much different from the tasteless tomatoes at the grocery store. In the garden, the first set of fruits to form generally gets blossom end rot, though it doesn't seem to affect the later fruits.

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Plant Events from our members
thomas On February 6, 2016 Seeds sown
lovesblooms On March 9, 2016 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On March 5, 2016 Seeds sown
JessicaRobyn On May 28, 2017 Obtained plant
We were able to harvest our first tomato of the year! The Roma beat out all our other tomatoes.
JessicaRobyn On February 12, 2017 Seeds sown
We sowed seeds for Roma tomatoes again. This year we bought seeds instead of using them from a grocery store tomato.
JessicaRobyn On June 11, 2016 Bloomed
Our first tomato fruit has emerged from it's flower!
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