Size: 1204, #4, 1G

Description: Parks Whopper tomatoes are 4 inches or more across and ripen uniformly, even when it’s cloudy. They have a lot of meat to them so that you get more tomato flavor in every bite. The indeterminate plants produce large fruit until frost.

Marigolds make good companion plants for tomatoes because the roots contain thiopene.  Certain nematodes find this substance toxic and will either avoid it or meet more severe consequences.  Dandelions are another good plant to have in your tomato patch believe it or not.  Tomatoes are susceptible to fusarium wilt, which is a soil borne fungal disease and dandelions can help keep this in check.

Plant tomatoes along side of radishes, spinach, lettuce and turnips to help shade them from the hot sun.  Though there is some debate, cabbage and cauliflower may benefit from having tomatoes close because they discourage flea beetles from nibbling.  Some sources will contend that planting cabbage with tomatoes will hinder the growth of the tomatoes.  Most gardening requires some trial and error to figure out what works best for your environment.  Tomatoes are also helpful in repelling asparagus beetles.

Good plants to pair with tomatoes are basil, carrots, chamomile and marigolds but keep them separate from fennel and potatoes.

Spacing: Plant 18″ apart.

Height: Grows 4′ to 5′ tall.

How To Grow: Plant in full sun.

Outstanding Features: Resistant to Verticillium Wilt, Fusarium Wilt Race 1 and 2, Tobacco Mosaic Virus and Root Knot Nematodes.

Tips: Tomatoes will grow in any good garden soil that is properly drained.  Good drainage is necessary to prevent “blossom-end rot”.  The ground should be tilled deeply before the tomatoes are planted.  The soil should also be enriched with compost, leaf mold, peat moss or commercial humus.  Manure can be used, if at all, with caution.  Set plants out after danger from frost has passed and plant them a bit deeper than what they were growing in their containers.  If your plants are a bit spindly, plant them on their sides and cover with dirt up to their first leaves.  Roots will grow along the buried stem and produce sturdier plants.  To avoid wilts and other serious problems, rotate tomatoes and other related vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, eggplants) with non-related vegetables such as legumes and cucurbits (squash, cucumbers).  Check out plant tags to see what a tomato variety is resistant to.  Look for the designations V (resists verticillium wilt), F or FF (fusarium wilt), N (nematodes), T (tobacco mosaic virus) and A (alternaria).  In addition, look for number of days until harvest (DTH) and the terms determinate and indeterminate.  Determinate types (D) grow to a certain height and stop.  Indeterminate types (I) continue to grow and bear fruit over a longer period of time.

Uses: Garden Vegetable/Fruit

For more information visit our Charley’s Veggies page.

Or click here to buy Parks Whopper Tomatoes direct from www.buygardenvegetables.com.

5 Responses to “TOMATO – Parks Whopper”

  • i bought your plants 2011 and I loved them. They were tasty, large and lasted a long time. I wanted to buy some seeds this year but I can’t seem to find them. I live in falling waters w. Va.

  • encee dubya:

    I planted twelve plants five years ago and was the major neighborhood contributor to dinner salads for months. Everyone said they were very tasty. I agree.
    Last year I planted four plants and once again gave hundreds away to neighbors, who once again were delighted.
    This year I planted just two plants. They are magnificent already with about 16 greenies of about golf ball size. Many more are in blossom stage.
    The neighbors may plant their own as I recommend.
    My family will certainly devour this year’s harvest.
    Raleigh, NC

  • jason:

    Parks Whoppers are great tomatoes. Good luck with this year’s crop. I hope you have a lot to share. One of these time’s you should think about teaching someone your secret. The art of growing tomatoes is becoming a rare talent in some areas.

  • Curt Prchal:

    Can I buy already germinated seedlings for tomatoes in October and have them shipped to Montana?

    • jason:

      I am sorry but that is not something we will be able to help you out with. If you need a large enough quantity, we can do a custom program for you in October of 2013, but we do not have enough time to get the tomato seedlings ready. We will have tomato seedlings ready for in February of 2013 if you need some then.

      Thanks for contacting us. Sorry we couldn’t help you.

      Jason

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