CHERRY / GRAPE TOMATOES

Tomato 'BROWN BERRY'

Exceptionally large crops of mahogany (brick-red) brown colored, 1-inch,

round, open-pollinated cherry tomatoes. The Brown Berry cherry tomato

has excellent  semi-sweet , rich flavors with just a slight bit of acid

finish over its fruity sweetness. Very Juicy! A great snacking or salad

tomato to mix with your other colored tomatoes.

Indeterminate

Size: 6-8' tall

Days to Maturity: 60-85 days

Tomatoes are a versatile ingredient and when they're perfectly ripe, they are exceptionally delicious. A freshly picked, perfectly sun-ripened tomato can transport you back to your grandma's garden. Whether you enjoy them juicy and fresh or prefer them in a homemade sauce, you cannot beat the freshness a homegrown tomato offers.

Here at Bushnell's, we hand select our favorites and grow our own starts from seed.  These are a few of our favorites.

Typically available from April 1st through mid summer.  If any questions, please call us for current stock on hand.

Tomato 'CHOCOLATE SPRINKLES'

As tempting as its well-deserved name, Chocolate Sprinkles is the perfect balance of flavor, appearance, yield, and disease resistance. These bite-sized tomatoes have striking, forest green streaks over deep coppery-red and a delightfully sweet taste. Indeterminate plants produce abundant, thick trusses of the scrumptious, crack-resistant fruit.

Indeterminate

Size: 6-8' tall

Days to Maturity: 70 days

Photography courtesy of Ivy Garth Seeds & Plants, Inc.

Photography courtesy of Ivy Garth Seeds & Plants, Inc.

Tomato 'GREEN GRAPE'

The plant produces high yields of 1 to 2 oz yellow-green cherry tomatoes with lime-green color on the inside. They are very sweet, juicy, and flavorful. Stays green when mature and are about the size of a large grape. Some grow in the shape of a grape, others grow in the shape of a cherry tomato. Grows in clusters of 6 to 12. Perfect for making green ketchup, green tomato soups, sauces, and garnishes. Also great for salads and snacks. They are fully ripe when they start to turn a golden yellow. It is a cross of a Yellow Pear Tomato and an Evergreen Tomato.

Indeterminate

Size: 4-6' tall

Days to Maturity: 70 days

Photography courtesy of Ivy Garth Seeds & Plants, Inc.

Tomato 'YELLOW PEAR'

This pear tomato is a real overachiever! A great tomato just loaded with hundreds of small 1–2 inch yellow pear-shaped fruit. Indeterminate, so a trellis is recommended for heavy production.

Indeterminate

Size: 4-6' tall

Days to Maturity: 76 days

Photography courtesy of Territorial Seed Company

Tomato 'ICE'

High yields of 1" sized tomatoes that ripen from green to white to yellow. The fruits are edible once they turn white. The yellow ripened tomatoes are very sweet. Heavy producer that will grow and produce fruits to late in the season.

Indeterminate

Size: 6-8' tall

Days to Maturity: 65 days

Photography courtesy of Ivy Garth Seeds & Plants, Inc.

Tomato 'ILDI'

Grape, yellow, extra early, very sweet, highest yield, over 650 fruits per plant on trusses.  long life on or off the vine.

Indeterminate

Size: 8-10' tall

Days to Maturity: 55 days

Photography courtesy of Ivy Garth Seeds & Plants, Inc.

Tomato 'INDIGO CHERRY DROPS'

Improved indigo type with striking dark-blue anthocyanin coloration and red flesh, but the plant habit is much improved, vigorous indeterminate.  Yield and flavor are much improved, with larger clusters of 1-2 oz fruit.

Indeterminate

Size: 6' tall

Days to Maturity: 70 days

Photography courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds

Tomato 'INDIGO ROSE'

Stunning jet black, deep red flesh.  Clusters of 6-8 fruits, great acid flavor, vigorous, disease resistant.

Indeterminate

Size: 5-7' tall

Days to Maturity: 80 days

Photography courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds

Tomato 'MIDNIGHT SNACK'

Indigo type red cherry with purple overtones.  Eat off the vine or in salads.  High antioxidants, great taste.  1.5" fruit.

Indeterminate

Size: 5-6' tall

Days to Maturity: 65-70 days

Photography courtesy of Ivy Garth Seeds & Plants, Inc.

Tomato 'PEARDROPS'

Peardrops is an outstanding tomato variety to produce in hanging baskets. Beautiful golden-yellow mini pear tomatoes are produced in great quantities on cascading plants. The fruit are high in acid and have a great tomato flavor. 1 plant per 12 to 15" basket.

Hanging

Size: 12-18" tall

Days to Maturity: 55 days

Photography courtesy of Harris Seeds

Tomato 'SNOW BERRY'

1-2 oz, cream yellow, white inside, flavorful, for gourmet salads.

Indeterminate

Size: 4-6' tall

Days to Maturity: 75 days

Photography courtesy of Ivy Garth Seeds & Plants, Inc.

Tomato 'SUNCHOCOLA'

Sweet, smoky flavored cherry tomato. Very productive. This gorgeous cherry tomato has more smoky, sweet flavor, juicier texture and lower acid. Productive, dark green, indeterminate plants produce clusters of 8-12 fruits measuring 1" wide x 1/5" long and weighing slightly more than an ounce. Resistant to Tomato mosaic virus.

Indeterminate

Size: 6-8' tall

Days to Maturity: 67 days

Photography courtesy of Burpee Seeds

Tomato 'RED STRAWBERRY'

This German heirloom produces large, red, oxheart-shaped tomatoes that are shaped like a much larger strawberry. Plants yield an abundance of meaty, 3-inch wide by 3 1/2-inch long fruit that can grow to 1 pound. Delicious, robust, "old-tomato" flavors with a lingering sweetness. A perfect tomato for slicing into sandwiches.

Indeterminate

Size: 4-6' tall

Days to Maturity: 85 days

Photography courtesy of Ivy Garth Seeds & Plants, Inc.

Tomato 'HAWAIIAN PINEAPPLE'

A large, golden-orange beefsteak heirloom tomato with fruit that that grows up to 1-1/2 lbs. When fruit is ripe it has a luscious, very rich, sweet pineapple like flavor. Hawaiian Pineapple tomato seeds are a wonderful addition for your tomato garden.

Indeterminate

Size: 4-6' tall

Days to Maturity: 85 days

Photography courtesy of Ivy Garth Seeds & Plants, Inc.

Tomato 'CHEF'S CHOICE BICOLOR'

2020 AAS WINNER.  The first bicolor tomato in the Chef’s Choice series is here! Indeterminate plants produce large 7-8 ounce flattened beefsteak fruits with beautiful pinkish-red internal stripes within a yellow flesh. The lovely stripes extend to the base of the outer fruit skins. These heirloom looking tomatoes are as sweet as they are beautiful with a better flavor and texture than the comparisons. Absolutely delicious.

Indeterminate

Size: 5' tall

Days to Maturity: 70 days

Photography courtesy of Ivy Garth Seeds & Plants, Inc.

Tomato 'CHEROKEE CARBON'

A gorgeous dusky purple beefsteak with rich, complex flavor, this hybrid is a cross between two heirloom taste-test winners, Cherokee Purple and Carbon. Makes one of the most delicious tomato sandwiches you’ll ever taste!

Indeterminate

Size: 5-7' tall

Days to Maturity: 75-80 days

Photography courtesy of Ivy Garth Seeds & Plants, Inc.

Tomato 'CHOCOLATE STRIPES'

 Large, indeterminate, regular-leaf tomato plants that yield a plentiful crop of 3-4 inch, mahogany colored with dark, olive green-striping (similar to black zebra).  Fruits have delicious, complex, rich, sweet, earthy tomato flavors. Chocolate Stripe, another desirable 'black tomato,"  is an excellent tomato and a fine choice for your tomato garden. Produces well into the autumn. A great sandwich tomato and salad tomato.

Indeterminate

Size: 4-6' tall

Days to Maturity: 80 days

Photography courtesy of Ivy Garth Seeds & Plants, Inc.

SLICER TOMATOES

Light requirements: Full sun.

 

Planting: Space 18 to 36 inches apart, depending on type. Plant deeply, burying 2/3 of the stem.

 

Soil requirements: Tomatoes need well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. Amend soil with compost or other organic matter prior to planting. Soil pH should be 6.2 to 6.8.

 

Water requirements: Keep soil consistently moist throughout the growing season. Moisture is critical to prevent cracked fruits and blossom end rot. Mulch soil to reduce water evaporation.

 

Frost-fighting plan: Tomato is a warm-weather crop—even a light frost will damage plants (28º F to 32º F). Protect newly planted seedlings by covering plants with a frost blanket.

 

Common issues: Pest-wise, watch out for tomato hornworms (big green caterpillars), slugs, pill bugs, rodents. In addition, humid weather invites fungal diseases like early blight and late blight. Plants may stop setting fruit when temperatures dip below 55˚ F or climb above 90˚ F. Blossom end rot can be a problem, as can misshapen fruit.

 

Harvesting: In general, perfectly ripe tomatoes show deep color but still feel firm when gently squeezed. Look up your specific variety for more details. Tomatoes do continue to ripen after being picked. Gently grab and twist until the tomato pulls free from the stem, or use a pair of clippers. Cut stems close to fruits.

 

Storage: Store picked tomatoes at room temperature indoors, or in a shady place outside. Never refrigerate tomatoes, because temperatures below 55° F cause flavor compounds to break down. Tomatoes will store longer if you allow stems and caps to remain in place until you’re ready to eat them. For peak flavor and nutrition, use within a week, although keeping time depends on how ripe fruit is when you pick it.

TOMATO NEEDS AT A GLANCE. . .

Tomato 'MOONGLOW'

Heirloom, uniform brilliant mid sized orange globe, solid flesh, very few seeds.  Nicely sweet, long keeper.

Indeterminate

Size: 4-6' tall

Days to Maturity: 85 days

Photography courtesy of Ivy Garth Seeds & Plants, Inc.

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