Alparac is an early determinate tomato cultivar with a large number of fruits per plant, growing season length of 107 days, plant height of 60-65 cm, the red fruit which is slightly elongated and the average fruit weight of 95 g.
Sow in spring under glass or on a windowsill 1/16 inch deep. Germination takes around 6- 14 days at 65- 75F.
Transplant the seedlings when large enough to handle into 3 inch pots.
Grow on under cooler conditions and when about 8 inches tall, either plant in their growing position in the greenhouse or gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions and
plant out 18 inches apart in a warm and sunny spot in moist, fertile well drained soil and keep watered.
What's the difference between "indeterminate" and "determinate" tomatoes?
Determinate tomatoes, or "bush" tomatoes, are varieties that grow to a compact height (generally 3 - 4'). Determinates stop growing when fruit sets on the top bud. All the
tomatoes from the plant ripen at approximately the same time (usually over period of 1- 2 weeks). They require a limited amount of staking for support and are perfectly suited
for container planting.
Indeterminate tomatoes will grow and produce fruit until killed by frost. They can reach heights of up to 12 feet although 6 feet is normal. Indeterminates will bloom, set new fruit
and ripen fruit all at the same time throughout the season. They require substantial staking for support and benefit from being constrained to a central growing stem.
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