The Q&A Archives: Yellow pear tomatoes

Question: We are thinking about planting some minature yellow pear tomatoes but have been told that they split on the vine. Can you tell me why and can you recommend a variety of MINATURE yellow pear tomatoes for the coastal plain of North Carolina ? Tom Jackson Godwin, NC

Answer: There aren't really any other yellow pear tomatoes other than 'Yellow Pear'. If you're willing to go to a red, cherry or gold cherry tomato there are a number of great varieties such as 'Sweet 100', 'Sun Gold' and 'Sweet Gold'. Cracking is part genetics and part water related. Newer varieties tend to crack less and if you mulch with hay or straw and keep the water constant on the plants all summer, they will tend to crack less also. Those varieties of tomatoes are available through, Tomato Growers Supply Co. P.O. Box 2237 Ft. Myers, FL 33902 941-768-1119

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