This part two of a post I wrote in mid-July about testing the Red Racer Tomato in my home garden. You can read the full post here.
Now, I’m back to share the scoop on how well this All-American Selections (AAS) winner performed for me.
On July 7, 2017, I repotted each tomato plant into black landscape pots that I picked up for free at a local garden center. Garden centers usually recycle or return pots to plant nurseries, so many are willing to you a few pots or trays if you ask.
The first flowers appeared around 23July2017.
The first tiny fruit showed up about a month later.
The snack-size fruit ends up turning a really beautiful red color when ripe. Look how they glisten in the warm sunlight.
I harvested a delicious handful of tomatoes during the first week of October, but they were ready about a week earlier. Harris Seeds reports that Red Racer is mature in 57 days, but I found it took my tomatoes a little longer than that – about ~89 days. But the slower growth rate can likely be attributed to the fall season weather. Tomatoes are a summer crop and like hot, sunny weather. However, Harris Seeds was spot on when it comes to the variety’s other attributes. Red Racer has great tomato flavor and is a disease resistant, manageable tomato to grow. I think you’ll want to grow this tomato variety in your summer garden. If you plant tomatoes in garden beds instead of pots, make sure you give them plenty of room to grow well. Here’s a good article about spacing tomato plants to help you!
Thank you Harris Seeds for giving me the opportunity to grow these low-maintenance, tasty tomatoes in my home garden. I can see why they were an AAS winner!
Click here to see how the live seedlings were shipped to me.