I’m doing something pretty exciting in my garden right now. I am conducting my very first ‘official’ plant test in Mocha Gardens! Earlier this month I received three samples of the Red Racer Cocktail Tomato – which just happens to be the 2018 All American Selection (AAS) Edible Vegetable Winner. Harris Seeds (a sponsor of the Garden Bloggers Fling 2017) provided the sample plants for me to grow and evaluate this summer. Let’s take a closer look at the Red Racer.
On July 7th I received a box of live seedlings from Harris Seeds, along with plant tags, a write-up about the Red Racer tomato and an evaluation form. I’ve never ordered live plants before, so I was pretty impressed to see they arrived in such great shape. We’ve all received packages that look like they’ve been run over by a semi-truck, so I was glad this package wasn’t one of them!
Look at these healthy roots! My son is my talented hand model. 🙂
What’s there to love about Red Racer Tomatoes?
The Red Racer is a hybrid, indeterminate tomato. In AAS plant trials, it produced huge yields of snack sized fruits with great flavor. The Red Racer matures quickly in 57 days and is considered disease resistant. Yep, all the positive attributes tomato gardener loves!
I planted each of my plants in containers on July 7th and placed them on my deck. The recommended container size for the Red Racer is 7-10 gallons. However, since the seedlings I received were so small, I started them off in 3-gallon growers pots. They’ll get moved up to bigger pots in a few weeks.
Evaluating the Red Racer
The evaluation form is quite detailed which I find helpful to ensure I focus my attention on the growing habits that are most important to the breeders. On a scale of 1 Unacceptable – 5 Excellent, I’ll rate my plants on the attributes indicated below.
This is going to be a fun project for me. I will post photos regularly so you can see how the Red Racer tomato grows. If their growth holds true, you may just want to add a few plants to your next summer garden.
If these photos help you in your garden, let me know! Leave a comment and don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #plantandshoot on Instagram! Happy gardening!