Yellow pear tomatoes are a variety of tomatoes that are very tasty and eye-catching in their color and shape. Growing yellow pear tomatoes from seed is very easy, and you can get many tomatoes from one plant. Continue reading to learn how to grow yellow pear tomatoes from seeds.
Yellow pear tomato is an heirloom tomato. They are indeterminate plants; this means that they grow very tall and will need a trellis or support for the tomato plant. A single tomato plant will give you many yellow pear tomatoes throughout the summer. Fruits range in size from 1” to 2” long (2.5 to 5 cm).
Growing Yellow Pear Tomatoes from Seeds
The first thing you need to do to grow yellow pear tomatoes is to obtain quality seeds. Quality seeds ensure a high germination rate and also ensure that you will get plants that produce lots of yellow pear tomatoes. Ensure when purchasing seeds that they are not old seeds, you can easily see on the package the maximum date to use those seeds.
The ideal soil for yellow pear tomatoes is one rich in nutrients and with good drainage. The ideal pH for this variety of tomatoes is between 5 and 6. I recommend reading our article on how to measure soil pH.
Sow yellow pear tomato seeds indoors 4–6 weeks before the last frost date. Plant seeds 1/4″ (0.6 cm) deep in 3-4″ (7.5-10 cm) pots or seedbeds. The ideal temperature for germination of yellow pear tomato seeds is between 70 °F and 90 °F (21 to 32 °C). Keep the substrate moist while the seeds germinate.
After 7 to 14 days the seeds will sprout. Never overwater the seedlings. When the risk of frost has passed you can repot the yellow pear tomato seedlings outdoors or into a larger pot. Make sure the pot you use for your yellow pear tomato plants has drainage holes.
By following these simple steps, you will be able to obtain your organic yellow pear tomato seedlings. The seeds must be of high quality to obtain good and strong producing plants. A healthy plant is stronger against pests and diseases.
- Beautiful - Large full-color packet of Yellow Pear Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) seeds. Old heirloom variety with adorable-yellow-pear-shaped tomatoes with a mild, slightly-tangy flavor. Very productive indeterminate vines can grow 12’ tall. Needs a strong trellis. This fun tomato adds something extra to your salads or party platter. Minimum of 100 mg per packet (about 45 seeds).
- Productive - Tomatoes germinate in 5-10 days when soil temps are 70-80°F. Plant 1/4” deep and space 36” apart in an area with full sun. This variety will grow 6-8’ tall with a spread of 2-3’. Fruits will mature in 75-85 days, plant in USDA zones 2-12.
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How To Grow Yellow Pear Tomatoes in Pots
Also, you can grow yellow pear tomatoes directly in a large pot. Use soil rich in nutrients and with good drainage, if possible, use potting soil that has excellent drainage. The pot should be located in a place where it receives at least 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. The yellow pear tomato needs a lot of light to develop and grow.
To grow yellow pear tomatoes directly in the pot you should do it when there is no risk of frost or indoors and then move the pot outdoors. Personally, I prefer to start indoors a few weeks before the last frost and then move my pots outdoors so that the tomato seedlings continue to grow in the sun.
It is essential to use large pots for the yellow pear tomato plant to develop properly. Always make sure that the pot has enough drainage holes and that the substrate has good drainage. Poor drainage will cause root rot in the tomato plant.
Once the tomato plant is bigger you should use a trellis to support the plant, this way it will develop correctly. In the market you can obtain different types of trellis, some pots already come with trellis. You can also make your trellis with different materials that you probably have at home.
How To Plant Yellow Pear Tomato Outdoors
Once your yellow pear tomato seeds have germinated and the seedlings are large enough, you can transplant them outdoors. Select a site in the garden where the seedlings receive at least 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Sun is essential for the development and growth of yellow pear tomatoes. Maintain a distance of approximately 3 ft (1 m) between each tomato plant so that the plants can develop properly.
It is also very important that the soil is rich in nutrients and has good drainage to avoid root rot. Add compost, eggshells, and other organic materials to the soil to provide nutrients to the yellow pear tomato seedlings. I recommend you to read our article about eggshells for plants in the garden.
Once the yellow pear tomato seedlings are planted, add mulch to promote moisture retention and prevent weed growth. Then place a trellis to help the plant during growth. Water the tomato plants regularly, but never overwater the soil, or you could favor the appearance of pests and diseases.
During the growth of the yellow pear tomato plant, it is very important to fertilize to favor plant growth and fruit development. Using the right fertilizer is essential, and you should never over-fertilize. In the next paragraphs, I will explain more about fertilizer.
Fertilizer For Yellow Pear Tomatoes
To obtain a lot of tomatoes and quality tomatoes it will be necessary to fertilize the tomato plants so that they have enough energy to produce quality fruit. Provide NPK 2-5-3 or 3-6-4 fertilizer for the tomato plant to obtain the necessary nutrients. You can use a slow-release liquid or solid fertilizer.
Always read the manufacturer’s instructions for proper fertilizer application. I recommend not using foliar fertilizers on tomato plants because they are not as effective. I personally prefer slow-release solid fertilizers. Remember that it is also not good to over-fertilize, so I always recommend reading the manufacturer’s instructions. Learn more about how to fertilize tomatoes.
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When and How to Harvest Yellow Pear Tomatoes
Approximately 75 to 80 days after transplanting the tomato plants will produce the first yellow pear tomatoes. This tomato variety will provide you with tomatoes all summer long until the end of summer.
To harvest yellow pear tomatoes, use sharp scissors or a knife to pick the tomatoes from the plant. Disinfect the tools before using them. Never pull the tomatoes from the plant to avoid damaging the plant.
It is important not to damage the plant because this plant produces throughout summer, so I recommend using a tool to harvest the tomatoes. Once harvested, tomatoes can be stored in the refrigerator or consumed immediately.
Pests And Diseases of Yellow Pear Tomato Plants
Yellow pear tomatoes are resistant to most diseases affecting tomatoes. However, they are susceptible to grubs, caterpillars, and aphids. Some birds also like yellow pear tomatoes. All of these can be managed with simple countermeasures such as netting, ladybugs, or neem oil.
Ladybugs are a good ecological way to control different pests such as aphids. You can also use neem oil for various pests affecting tomatoes. I recommend you read our article on how to use neem oil on tomato plants.
Yellow pear tomatoes are one of the favorites that I use a lot in my summer salads. Every year I plant several of these tomato plants and get tomatoes in abundance. It is essential to use quality seeds to have a successful harvest.
I hope this article about how to grow yellow pear tomatoes from seed will be very useful, and you will get excellent seedlings. I recommend you to read our other article on how to grow beefsteak tomatoes in a container.