Source: AgriLife Today
The high-yielding Harris Moran-8849 tomato has been selected as the official “rodeo tomato” for the 2019 San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, which runs from Feb. 7-24.
Rodeo tomato plants will be available for sale at the Bexar County Master Gardener display at the HEB Little Buckaroo Farms tent on the San Antonio Livestock Exposition grounds.
The Harris Moran-8849 was one of many tomato plant varieties tested during the annual Texas A&M AgriLife tomato trials, Rodriguez noted. He said the plant produces firm, oblate fruit that ripen uniformly and are very smooth when produced under normal growing conditions.
Rodriguez said one way to help ensure success with this variety is to pot the plant into a 1-gallon container before setting it out in the garden for the spring, when soil air temperatures are warm enough to support plant growth and fruit setting.
“We will also have some of the 2019 Texas Superstar plant releases for sale at the Master Gardener booth staffed by volunteers from the Bexar County Master Gardeners and Guadalupe County Master Gardeners associations,” he said. “These Superstar plants were chosen for their beauty and adaptability to Texas climates.”
Rodriguez said proceeds from the plant sale will be used to help fund Junior Master Gardener Scholarships.
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