Tomato, Roma ‘Katya’ F1 (Solanum lycopersicum)
Katya is a modern Roma with an excellent disease resistance package. Whilst the bulk of its crop has a concentrated harvest, which makes it a terrific variety for sauce and passata production, some fruit will ripen over a four month period making it useful as a fresh table tomato. At its best both for fresh consumption and processing when fully ripe.
- The seed of modern, good flavoured, disease resistant tomato hybrids is expensive but it more than pays for itself in the vastly improved production of ripe tomatoes.
When to sow: Early spring
Where to sow: in 5 or 7.5cm pots
Depth to sow: 5mm
Aspect: Full sun or as sunny a spot as possible.
Soil: Prepared, well drained, fertilised soil. Add lime if soil is too acid.
Spacing: Between plants: 60 to 90cm; Between rows: 90 to 100cm
Directions: Plant the seed individually in 5 or 7.5cm pots on bottom heat 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost. When the first true leaves appear take the seedlings off bottom heat but keep them under cover. Don’t over water. When they have made sturdy plants, before they start flowering and when the danger of frost is over, plant them outside. After planting, a plastic tree guard will protect them from wind and also creates a warm micro-climate. Tie to a 200cm stake or a 200cm pig wire trellis.
HR: Vd, Fol (race 1,2,3), ToMV, Pst
IR: Mj, TSWV, TYLCV, Sl