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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Rutgers California Supreme Space Select'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Rutgers California Supreme Space Select
Additional cultivar information: (aka Rutgers CS Space Select)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf


No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral RussMartin4154 On Jul 17, 2009, RussMartin4154 from Omaha, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

From: "Germination, growth rates, and electron microscope analysis of tomato seeds flown on the LDEF"

Authors: Ernest C. Hammond, Jr , Kevin Bridgers and F. Denise Berry

"A batch of tomato seeds were flown in orbit aboard the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) for almost 6 y[ears] During this time, the seeds received an abundant exposure to cosmic radiation. Upon the return of the LDEF to Earth, the seeds were distributed throughout the United States and 30 foreign countries for analysis."

From: "From Wolf Peach to Outer Space—Tomato History & Lore" by Karan Davis Cutler, included in the book "Tantalizing Tomatoes"

"For six years, more than 12.5 million 'Rutgers California Supreme' seeds circled earth aboard a satellite, then were retrieved by the crew of the Columbia. Back on earth, the seeds were distributed to more than 3 million school children and 64,000 teachers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 34 foreign countries."


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Omaha, Nebraska
Rochester, New York
Germantown, Tennessee

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