Bradley

  • Sun: Full sun
  • Harvest Size: 6 ounces
  • Days to Harvest: 75 to 85 days
  • Plant Size: 4 to 6 feet
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate

Bradley is an old favorite in the Arkansas area. It's a quality fruit for serving fresh in summer or canning and freezing for winter. This mild, pink tomato was developed at the University of Arkansas in the 1960s and has developed a loyal following ever since.

Plant tomatoes in spring (after danger of frost is passed) through early summer. If you shop early, you may also keep the plants in a sunny windowsill for a week or two until the weather warms. If you plant early, protect plants from cold with a row cover.

Disease resistance: FA. Plant spacing: 36 inches apart. Plants per person: 2 to 3.

Secrets to Success »

Plant deeply so that two-thirds of the plant is buried, stem and all. The buried stem will sprout roots, adding to the strength of the plant. Fertilize when planting and during the growing season with Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food.

Water regularly. Tomatoes need steady watering to develop to full size and to prevent blossom end rot. To keep the soil moist, mix compost into planting holes, and mulch around the plants after the soil warms. Watering with a soaker hose is best to keep the foliage dry. Wet leaves encourage disease.

Support this vigorous vine with 8-foot stakes, tall trellis, or sturdy wire cage. Keeping vines off of the ground makes it easier to harvest, keep fruit cleaner, and helps prevent disease.

Harvest and Use »

Pick ripe tomatoes to slice or quarter to serve on a plate, salad, or sandwich. Enjoy fresh slices with just a little salt and pepper. Bradley is also good for cooking, canning, and freezing. The red tomato is considered a “superfood” for its wealth of vitamins and antioxidants, including cancer-fighting lycopene. Available lycopene increases when red tomatoes are cooked.

Try These Garden Companions »

  • Bush Early Girl (determinate) or Early Girl (indeterminate) for early harvest.
  • Pink Brandywine, Pink Girl or other pink types.
  • Roma for rich, thick sauces.
  • Big Beef, Goliath, Park's Whopper, Cherokee Purple, Pink Brandywine, Red Beefsteak (indeterminate types) or other extra-large tomatoes.
  • Solar Fire for non-stop summer production.
  • Bonnie Grape, Juliet, Sun Sugar, Chocolate Cherry, Super Sweet 100, Yellow Pear, or any cherry tomato.
  • Sweet basil for tomato-and-basil salad or sandwich.
  • Bonnie Select VFFNTA, BHN 602 VF123SW, Amelia VF123NStSW, or Talladega VFFTSWSt for more disease resistance.
  • Black Krim, Cherokee Purple, Lemon Boy, and Mr. Stripey for diverse colors and flavors.

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