Ace 55 - #53U
(OP) HEIRLOOM. Determinate. 80 days. Classic American low acid tomato! An old favorite for canning, as its size is perfect for quartering and packing into quart jars. Beautiful, bright red 5-6” diameter, 6-8 oz fruits have an excellent fresh sweet tomato flavor. 3-5’ tall plants produce high yields of thick-walled, meaty, firm, juicy, moderately smooth, deep oblate fruits and provide good foliar coverage to protect against sunburn. Perfect for salads, sandwiches and slicing. Resists cracking. Great Farmer’s Market and processing variety. Resistant: Alternaria Stem Canker, Fusarium Wilt, Verticillium Wilt. About 184,000 seeds/lb; 11,500 seeds/oz.
Companions: Asparagus, carrot, celery, cucumber, onion, parsley, pepper.
Allies: Basil repels flies and mosquitos, improves growth and flavor. Bee balm, chives and mint improve health and flavor. Borage deters tomato worm, improves growth and flavor. Dill, until mature, improves growth and flavor. Once mature, it stunts tomato growth. Marigold deters nematodes. Pot marigold deters tomato worm and general garden pests.
Enemies: Corn and tomato are attacked by the same worm. Mature dill retards tomato growth. Kohlrabi stunts tomato growth. Potatoes and tomatoes are attacked by the same blight.