Throughout the United States.
Sow seeds 1/2 inch deep. Thin seedlings when they have two or three leaves, or set transplants 18 to 36 inches apart. Set transplants horizontally with only the top third of the plant above the soil. Remove any existing fruit and open flowers from the transplants before planting.
Good garden soil that''s high in organic matter.
Water when the soil is barely moist.
Store at room temperature until use.
January in southern Florida, February-March in the Southwest, April-May in the Southeast, and May-June in the Midwest, Northeas, and Pacific Northwest.
In cooler regions, apply a continuous-release plant food for vegetables at planting time. In warmer regions, apply a liquid plant food every 2-4 weeks, according to label directions.
Harvest tomatoes when they have a deep, rich color.