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About Roma

‘Roma’ is one of the most popular paste tomatoes. Determinate, regular leaf plants are perfect for open field growing. Bright red, plum/pear-shaped fruits are thick and meaty with very few seeds, perfect for sauces and canning, but also good for salsas and salads. Plants produce fairly from about 75 days after transplant.

Culinary Use
Paste / Sauce / Canner / Salad
Flavor Profile
Flesh Color
Fruit Color
Fruit Shape
Fruit Size
Medium / Small
Leaf Type
Plant Type
Solanum lycopersicum

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    Hi, I'm growing Roma for the first time here in the UK. 5 plants and full of fruit but started to get a few with blossom end rot. I know that leaves compete with the fruit for calcium and I was wondering if stripping the leaves off, similar to the verticle type tomatoes plant would help the fruit get more calcium.

    Kind regards


    • Andrea Clapp
      Andrea Clapp Editor Breeder
      Chief Operating Officer and Director of Research and Innovation

      Hi Michael, stripping the leaves would not help, it may, in fact, hinder the calcium mobility further. If ample calcium supply is available in your soil, the problem is more likely a watering inconsistency. Tomatoes require roughly an inch of water per week if in-ground and every day if in pots. Your plants will 'learn' the cycle you choose to water, if they receive more or less than their learned frequency, you will end up with BER. Romas and other paste and/or elongated varieties are more sensitive to BER because they have a higher concentration of flesh cells for the vascular system to push nutrients through. Thank you for your question, we wish you the best with your Romas!


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