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A Tomato for the Fourth of July

Fourth of July tomatoes on an American flag.

By Larry Hodgson

On this Fourth of July, I thought my American readers might be interested to know there is a Fourth of July tomato (Solanum lycopersicum ‘Fourth of July’). The idea with this particularly early hybrid tomato—maturing in only 49 days from planting out!—is that it will be ripe in time for Independence Day.

Well, that’s going to depend on your climate, of course. You’d need to be able to plant tomatoes out by mid-May for this to work, and that isn’t possible in cooler climates. But it is still a very early tomato.

Expect a bright red slicing tomato weighing about 4 ounces on an indeterminate plant of modest height (36 to 40 inches) that will continue to produce throughout the summer and into early fall. 

Growing Your Own

Obviously, it’s a bit late to try growing this tomato this year, but you could put it on your calendar for next year.

‘Fourth of July’ is offered by Burpee Seeds, meaning American readers can order either seeds or plants by mail and plants may also be available in local stores. Burpee doesn’t send either seeds or plants to other countries by mail order, but does ship plants to certain garden centers in Canada, where you might be able to find it.

Happy Fourth of July!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

1 comment on “A Tomato for the Fourth of July

  1. In the South we can plant tomato now, the plants will make late, sometime new plant will stand up to the heat better than older plants. I have bought these as bunch tomatoes before, they have a good taste. I past on the seeds because they are too small to slice & planted better boys, then Sweet 100 for salad tomatoes. Lemon boy being yellow will add color to a salad , lemon boy is another medium tomato. Good video, Thanks.

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