Pink Berkeley Tie Dye Tomato
85 Days. Deep red polychrome beefsteak with metallic green stripes. Has a rich, earthy, luscious heirloom flavor. Nice and juicy. One of the coolest tomatoes you will ever see! Reminds us of rainbow tie-dyes from the sixties. Perfect on any burger from Portabella mushroom to grass-fed beef. This is a great new introduction by Bradley Gates, organic farmer and tomato breeder of Wild Boar Farms in Napa Valley, CA. Bradley says he has been working for over 10 years to breed “the most outrageous tomatoes on the planet” and we think he’s done it – his tomatoes are amazing! We love this one for its unique colors and flavor. Plants are indeterminate and have good productivity. NN[[end tab]] [[start tab]]
Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):
Start tomato seeds inside at least 6 weeks before last frost (around 4/1). Ideal temperature for germination is 85° (use a heating mat). Days to germination: 5-14. Once leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Plant seedlings outside late May into fertile garden soil (with lots of compost or decomposed manure) at a spacing of 18” apart. Stake tomato plants. Tomatoes are susceptible to several fungal diseases (including Early and Late Blight and Verticillium Wilt). To prevent blight, keep foliage dry by 1) Pruning tomato plants to allow for good air circulation 2) Water with drip irrigation/soaker hoses. Crop rotation is also key to preventing tomato diseases. Ideally, plant tomato plants in a spot that has not had any Solanaceae crops (tomato, peppers, eggplant, potatoes) growing there for 4 years. Frequent watering will help to minimize cracking of tomatoes.
Harvest when tomatoes turn green to colored and fruit is somewhat soft when squeezed.
Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):
Tomatoes are relatively easy seed-saving crops. They are primarily self-pollinated but may be crossed pollinated by insects when different tomatoes varieties are planted next to one another. You can just save seed and see what you get! Isolation distance of 10ft will minimize crossing while 150’ is necessary to eliminate it. Always harvest seed from the best plants. It is best, but not totally necessary, to collect seeds from a minimum of 6 plants. Collect ripe tomatoes, let them ripen for a week in a paper bag, then cut and squeeze out seeds. See instructions for fermenting seeds. Rinse and dry seeds on a screen.[[end tab]]