- Sun: Full sun
- Harvest Size: up to 2 inches
- Days to Harvest: 78
- Plant Size: 6 to 12 feet
- Plant Type: Indeterminate
Yellow Pear is a workhorse heirloom tomato. Once it begins ripening, it just doesn’t stop. Let the fruit fully ripen for optimum sweetness. This cute little pear-shaped fruit brings a novel form and color to the table. With Yellow Pear, you’ll always have tomatoes to share. The biggest challenge is keeping the vigorous vines in check. Give it some room to spill and spread.
Plant from spring (after the last frost) through early summer. If you buy early, you can keep plants on a sunny windowsill until the weather warms. To plant early, protect plants with a row cover.
Plant spacing: 36 inches apart. Plants per person: 1 to 2.
Secrets to Success »
Plant deeply, so that two-thirds of the plant is buried stem and all; it will sprout roots. This makes the plant more resistant to drought and other problems. Fertilize when planting and during the growing season with Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food, which plants love and is good for your soil.
Water regularly. Tomatoes need steady watering to develop to full size and to prevent cracking and 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 leaves dry. Wet leaves encourage disease.
Support this vigorous vine with 8-foot stakes, tall trellis, or sturdy wire cage. The long vines will get to the top of the support and cascade down again. Keeping vines off of the ground makes it easier to harvest, keeps fruit clean, and helps prevent disease.
Harvest and Use »
These fruit turn from light yellow to golden yellow as they ripen. Pick a bowl for snacks, salad, or pretty garnish for other dishes. Easily sliced lengthwise with a sharp knife, they are pretty with many foods.
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Yellow Pear Tomato Cluster
Yellow Pear Tomato in a Pot