If you are planning on growing tasty, compact Roma tomatoes in your garden\nthis year, you might be wondering how big the plants and fruit will get. \nThat way, you can plan the number of plants and the amount of space you will\nneed for your crop of Roma tomatoes.\n\n\n\nSo, how big do Roma tomatoes get? Roma\ntomato plants grow to a height of 3 to 6 feet (0.9 to 1.8 meters) tall and 18\ninches (46 centimeters) wide, and produce fruit that is 3 inches (7.5\ncentimeters) long and weighs 2 ounces (57 grams).\n\n\n\nOf course, the quality of your fruit (if you get any at all!) depends on the\ncare that you give your tomato plants. Let\u2019s take a closer look at Roma\ntomatoes, including size, growing conditions, and time to maturity.\n\n\n\nHow Big Do Roma Tomatoes Get?\n\n\n\nThe fruit of a Roma tomato plant will grow into an egg or pear shape about 3\ninches long. When ripe, the fruit is red\n(or yellow for some varieties), and weighs 2 ounces (57 grams).\n\n\n\nRoma tomatoes are red or yellow when ripe, are egg or pear-shaped, and grow to 3 inches long, with a weight of 2 ounces.\n\n\n\nThe Roma tomato is considered a \u201cpaste\u201d tomato, making it perfect for canning or cooking for pasta and pizza sauces. For more information, check out this article on preserving tomatoes from the Penn State Extension.\n\n\n\nOf course, you can still slice them up and eat them raw, but they are not as juicy as other tomato varieties. For more information, check out this page on Roma Tomatoes from the Burpee website.\n\n\n\nA Roma tomato plant will grow to a height of 3 to 6 feet (0.9 to 1.8 meters)\ntall, with a width of 18 inches (46 centimeters). The shorter height of Roma tomato plants\nmeans that you can support them with tomato cages instead of stakes or\ntrellises if you wish.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on supporting tomato plants, my article on tomato cages, and my article on trellises.\n\n\n\nAre Roma Tomatoes Determinate Or Indeterminate?\n\n\n\nRoma tomatoes are determinate, meaning that their maximum height is\npredetermined by their genetics. This also means that they will flower\nand produce fruit once for a short time during their growing season.\n\n\n\nAll of the fruit will mature around the same time, so it should be preserved\nimmediately by canning or making sauces.\n\n\n\nRoma tomatoes all ripen at around the same time, since they are a determinate tomato variety.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out this page on Roma tomatoes from the Bonnie Plants website.\n\n\n\nYou can also learn more if you check out this article on Roma tomatoes from Wikipedia.\n\n\n\nHow Much Space Do Roma Tomatoes Need?\n\n\n\nRoma tomatoes have a spread of 18 inches (46 centimeters),\nso plant then at least that far apart in your garden. It is better to leave a little more space so\nthat you can move between the plants and have more room to water, weed, fertilize,\nand harvest.\n\n\n\nChoose containers at least 18 inches wide for growing Roma tomatoes.\n\n\n\nIf growing Roma tomatoes in containers, choose a pot that is\nat least 18 inches wide. That way, the\nplant will not overgrow the pot. Of course,\nyou can always prune the tomato plant to remove any suckers that leave the\ncontainer (more on pruning later).\n\n\n\nHow Long Does It Take For Roma Tomatoes To Turn Red And Ripen?\n\n\n\nAfter transplanting into your garden, a Roma tomato plant will take between 70\nand 80 days to ripen. If you start a Roma tomato from seed, it will take\nabout 25 days longer to see mature, ripe fruit on the vine (for a total of 95\nto 105 days from seed to ripe fruit).\n\n\n\nRoma tomatoes take 70 to 80 days to ripen after being transplanted into your garden. Add an extra 25 days if growing from seed!\n\n\n\nThe fruit itself will be long and egg or pear shaped, with red or yellow\ncolor when it ripe. It is not as juicy\nas other tomatoes, which is actually an advantage. When you cook Roma tomatoes, they get thick,\nmaking them perfect for making tomato paste or sauce.\n\n\n\nYou can get dozens of Roma tomatoes per plant in a single season. For more information, check out my article on when tomato plants produce fruit.\n\n\n\nRoma tomatoes are open-pollinated, but are not considered an heirloom variety. For more information on types of seeds, check out my article on heirloom seeds and my article on hybrid seeds.\n\n\n\nAre Roma Tomatoes Hard To Grow?\n\n\n\nRoma tomatoes are not too difficult to grow, since they have reasonably fast\ngrowth. They also have resistance to some common tomato problems, such as\nfusarium wilt and verticillium wilt.\n\n\n\nThey do require full sun, so a shady location will not work for Roma\ntomatoes. Also, the fruit matures in 70 to 80 days after transplanting,\nwhich is in the middle of the road as far as time to maturity for tomato\nplants.\n\n\n\nRoma tomatoes require full sun, so don't put them close to a house, shed, garage, or treeline!\n\n\n\nRemember that every day on the vine is another chance for diseases, such as\nblight, to infect your tomato plants. So, a faster time to maturity means\nthat your plants are not exposed to these problems as long as other tomato\nvarieties.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on tomato blight.\n\n\n\nOf course, there are other factors to consider when deciding whether to grow\nRoma tomato plants. The quality of care that you give your tomato plants\nwill help to determine how much fruit you get each year. Some of the most\nimportant factors are temperature, watering, fertilizing, and pruning.\n\n\n\nTemperature For Roma Tomatoes\n\n\n\nEarly fall frosts or late spring frosts can spell death for your Roma tomato\nplants. The threat is increased if you live in an area with a short growing\nseason.\n\n\n\nRoma tomato plants may stop producing if temperatures drop below 55 degrees\nFahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius). If temperatures drop to 32 degrees\nFahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius) or lower, your Roma tomato plants may die.\n\n\n\nIf nothing else, cold temperatures can make the fruit mushy and flavorless,\nwhich is why it is recommended that you not store tomatoes in the refrigerator!\n\n\n\nThere are some ways to protect your plants from frost, including the use of row covers. For more information, check out my article on protecting your tomato plants from cold and frost.\n\n\n\nOn the other extreme, your tomato plants may stop producing fruit if daytime\ntemperatures are over 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius). In\naddition, the hot, sticky days of summer can prevent proper pollination due to\nexcessive humidity.\n\n\n\nUnfortunately, there is not much you can do about high temperatures or\nhumidity levels. Just be sure to insulate your tomato plants by putting a\nlayer of mulch or compost over the topsoil around them.\n\n\n\nIf you encounter problems with pollination, check out my article on how to pollinate tomato plants by hand.\n\n\n\nWatering For Roma Tomatoes\n\n\n\nAvoid letting the soil stay dry for too long, since uneven watering can lead to blossom end rot in tomatoes. If you find that you have a problem with dry soil, check out my article on how to treat dry soil.\n\n\n\nOn the other hand, over watering your Roma tomato plants (or any plants for\nthat matter) can lead to root rot and eventual death. The best way to\ndecide when to water is to feel the soil with your fingers.\n\n\n\nMake sure not to over water or under water your Roma tomatoes!\n\n\n\nIf the soil feels dry 2 or 3 inches below the surface, then go ahead and water. For more information, check out my article on over watering your plants.\n\n\n\nTry to water early in the morning, rather than at night, to allow water to\nsoak into the soil. Avoid getting the leaves wet to prevent rot, mold,\nand diseases.\n\n\n\nFertilizing For Roma Tomatoes\n\n\n\nBefore you plant tomato seeds or transplants in your garden, add some\ncompost to your soil. It will provide organic material and nutrients for\nyour plants as they grow. The best part is that you can make compost yourself\nfrom ordinary yard and kitchen waste!\n\n\n\nCompost is a great way to recycle kitchen and yard waste while adding organic material and nutrients to your garden.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on how to make your own compost.\n\n\n\nIt may be necessary to use fertilizers as a supplement to compost, in order\nto provide extra nutrients if your soil is lacking. The best way to tell if you\nneed fertilizer is with a soil test.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on soil testing.\n\n\n\nThe soil pH should be between 6.2 and 6.8 \u2013 a soil test will also indicate\nthe pH of your soil.\n\n\n\nFinally, remember that it is possible to harm or kill your tomato plants by\nover fertilizing them. For example, too much nitrogen can prevent your\ntomato plant from producing any fruit.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on over fertilizing and my article on low-nitrogen fertilizers.\n\n\n\nPruning For Roma Tomatoes\n\n\n\nMany gardeners choose to prune off the suckers, or side shoots, of tomato\nplants as they grow. The result is fewer, but larger, fruits on the vine.\n\n\n\nPruning away the lower leaves and branches of the tomato plant can also help\nto prevent the spread of disease in your garden. When you remove the\nlower leaves and branches, there is less chance of dirt splashing up onto\nleaves due to rain or watering.\n\n\n\nSome Roma tomato plants are already small (on the shorter end of the 3 to 6\nfoot height range) for tomato plants, so there is less chance of them becoming\ntoo tall and overgrown. Still, you may want to prune at some point. \nThis will avoid branches that are overloaded with fruit, which can lead to\nbreakage.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out this article on pruning tomatoes from the University of New Hampshire Extension.\n\n\n\nConclusion\n\n\n\nBy now, you have a much better idea of how big Roma tomatoes get, in terms\nof both the fruit on the vine and the plant itself. You also know a bit\nmore about the care that is necessary to ensure a healthy crop of Roma tomatoes\nin this year\u2019s garden.\n\n\n\nI hope you found this article helpful \u2013 if so, please share it with someone else who can use the information. If you have any questions or advice about Roma tomatoes, please leave a comment below.\n\n\n\n\nIf you want to grow the best tomatoes every year, check out my article on common mistakes to avoid when growing tomatoes.