Thank you everyone who attended our first plant sale of 2015! We are starting the season with four varieties of tomato plants.
Early Gem Tomato Plants
The Early Gem tomato is a medium globe type hybrid popular with home gardeners because of its early fruit ripening. It is an indeterminate variety. Early Gem is tall growing and needs support as the plant grows. Fruit maturity ranges from 50 to 62 days from transplanting. Plants are reliable and prolific, but not particularly cold-tolerant. The ripe tomato is about the size and shape of a tennis ball—very much a standard tomato—and weighs 4 to 8 ounces. It has a bright color and good flavor.
Red Brandywine Tomato Plants
The Brandywine tomato plant is an heirloom cultivar of the species, with large potato-leaved foliage. It bears large pink beefsteak-shaped fruit, popularly considered among the best tasting available. Brandywine tomatoes can bear fruit up to 1.5 lbs (0.7 kg). The fruit requires 80 to 100 days to reach maturity, making it among the slowest maturing varieties of common tomato cultivars. Brandywine has been described as having a “great tomatoey flavor”, (others have called it a beautifully sweet tomato that is offset by a wonderful acidity) leading to heavy usage despite the original cultivar’s relatively low yield per plant. Its fruit has the beefsteak shape and pinkish flesh. Even when fully ripe, the tomato can have green shoulders near the stem. The Brandywine tomato plant has potato leaves, an unusual variation on the tomato plant whose leaves are smooth and oval with a pointy tip, instead of jagged and fjord-like the way “normal” tomato plant leaves are.
Cherry Buzz Tomato Plants
The word around town is that Cherry Buzz is the tomato worth a special place in the garden. Requiring only 55 days to maturity, this is one of the earliest of all the tomatoes to ripen. It also not only produces loads of tasty, bite-sized treats before the tomato season truly kicks in, it also continues to pump them out throughout the summer. Shiny, 1/2-3/4 inch, red globes have a bright, sweet flavor, are crack resistant, and engulf indeterminate plants in clusters. Ferny, especially healthy, productive plants round out this exceptional variety.
Yellow Pear Tomato Plants
Pear tomato or teardrop tomato is the common name for any one in a group of indeterminate heirloom tomatoes. It originated in Europe in the 1700s. They are generally sweet, and are in the shape of a pear, but smaller. Pear tomatoes are commonly eaten raw, but can also be used as a garnish, as an ingredient in many different dishes and sauces, or in drinks. They are perfect for summer party hors d’oeuvres. Plants generally yield enormous numbers of yellow bite-sized fruits. The fruit takes approximately 75 days to maturity.