GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF TOMATO 'Cal j'
Final number of fruits was 38 ± 8 per plant. The fruit cover was fairly good, with 2.9 ± 1.2 per cent of sunscalded plus sunburned fruits in relation to the total yield. Regarding the ripening, the first red fruits waited well by the new ones, and the percentage of rotten fruits was low (4.7 ± 1.4 % of the total yield) although ripe fruits were susceptible to fruit diseases after September rains. Ripe fruits had 5.3 ± 0.4 cm of length and 4.4 ± 0.4 cm of diameter. The number of red fruits per kilo was 18 ± 2, roughly 55 g per fruit.
The cropping cycle from seeding to the harvest ranged between 187 and 134 days and between 2 248 and 2 055 degree-days of growth (base 6°C), respectively for planting dates from February to May. Growth and development of the tomato 'Cal j' is discussed in relation to cooler (1978) and warmer (1976) seasons.