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Viva Italia Stats
Height: 48 - 72" (1.22-1.83 m)
Plant Spacing: 24 - 36" (0.61-0.91 m)
Row Spacing: 36 - 48" (0.91-1.22 m)
Days to Maturity: 69 - 80
Growing Habit: Determinate
Sun: Full Sun
Color: Bi-Color, Orange, Pink, Red
Genetic Type: Hybrid
Variety Type: Paste/Canning, Saladette/Pear
Disease Resistance: V, F, FF, N, A, St
Peeling, canning, paste, sauce, soup, salsa, salad, ketchup, freezing
Viva Italia Roma, Viva Roma Italia
Information for Viva Italia
As a tomato cultivar, the Viva Italia is a plum type that grows determinately. It is a hybrid of the Roma variety that is productive and compact. The plant leaves are medium sized, with a regular shape and green color. This variety is highly resistant to disease, grows vigorously and produces large yields of tomatoes.
Speckled with white and yellow flowers, the plant bears fruits that are larger than Roma tomatoes. These are red-orange to red in color, solid and meaty.
Viva Italia tomatoes are moist and flavorful with some sweetness to them. This is brought about by the higher amounts of natural sugars as well as acids found in it. This tomato variety has been labeled as one of the best tasting paste tomatoes around. Additionally it is rich in Vitamins A, B, C, iron and potassium.
Bloom time for the Viva Italia falls between summer and fall. Seeds are sown indoors five to eight weeks before the last frost of spring then transplanted during mid-spring. Viva Italia plants prefer oils with some clay and some sand that is normal to moist.
Full sun exposure is also a must for best plant growth. Staking or caging helps increase productivity. Fruits may be vine ripened or picked while they are still green and ripened in a warm area.
Due to its meatiness and rich flavor, Viva Italia tomatoes are often used for making pastes, ketchup and for canning. These can also be used for making sauces, salsa and soup. Of course, it also tastes excellent when eaten fresh, and used for salads. Viva Italia seeds can be found in different seeds catalogs and plant websites.
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