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Early Girl Stats
Height: 72 - 108" (1.83-2.74 m)
Plant Spacing: 18 - 24" (0.46-0.61 m)
Row Spacing: 36 - 48" (0.91-1.22 m)
Days to Maturity: 70 - 80
Growing Habit: Indeterminate
Sun: Full Sun
Genetic Type: Hybrid
Variety Type: Paste/Canning, Slicers
Disease Resistance: V, F
Salads, sauces, soups, sandwiches, tomato jams, canned or eaten fresh, roasted, grilled
Information for Early Girl
The Early Girl variety is based on a hybrid tomato that was developed in France. PetoSeed, a hybrid vegetable seed company, introduced the Early Girl seeds to the United States. The tomato seeds were dubbed "Early Girl" by horticulturist Joe Howland, a PetoSeed member, to go with the company's "Better Boy" variety.
W. Atlee Burpee & Co acquired a three-year contract for the Early Girl tomato seeds and carried it on their catalog during the 1970s. In 2005, Monsanto Corporation became Early Girl's patent holder. This variety was an instant hit as people wanted a cultivar that matured quickly and had satisfactory yields.
The popular Early Girl features early-ripening, standard-shaped fruits that grow on indeterminate vines. The tomato plant needs supportive caging or staking when planted. They develop well in sunny areas and well-enriched soils.
If the Early Girl plants are nurtured sufficiently, they produce fruits that are chock-full of flavor. They make excellent ingredients in cooked meals or they can be eaten plain.
In addition, Early Girl is a preferred choice when it comes to dry-farmed tomatoes. Dry farming is a technique wherein tomato growers do not water the plants after transplant. Instead, the roots are made to go deeper to achieve enough moisture to produce a stronger flavor.
With a touch of sweetness, tartness, and smokiness the flavor of Early Girl tomatoes have been claimed to surpass even the most-esteemed heirloom varieties. At present, these dry-farmed tomatoes are popularly available in California and San Francisco Bay area.
Early Girl is disease-resistant and adaptable in a range of climate zones. Early Girl tomatoes have also been studied as high in iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. In terms of availability, most tomato nurseries carry seeds which can be used to plant this tomato variety in gardens or greenhouses. Early Girl seedlings are often sold and set for transplant during springtime.
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