PLANT DENSITY AND CROP ESTABLISHMENT STUDIES WITH TOMATOES
However, because chitted seeds emerged earlier than primed seeds, which in turn emerged earlier than untreated seed, at any one time the plants from chitted seed were larger than those from primed seed, and both lots were larger than those from untreated seed. This pattern was reflected in early ripe fruit yields in the field. However, transplants were considerably earlier in maturity than any direct seeding treatment, as well as being heavier yielding overall. Both early ripe fruit yields, and total ripe fruit yields were increased with increasing plant density up to 591,000/ha, and the cultivar Castlong was outstanding in terms of yield and field storage characteristics.