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Tomato 'Blue Berry'

Solanum lycopersicum 'Blue Berry Tomato'

Bloubessie Tamatie(Afr.)

Blue berries tomato is a small cherry variety. Very dark purple color, which means it’s super-rich in anthocyanins. Unripe, the fruits are a glowing amethyst purple. At maturity they turn deep red where the fruit was shaded; the areas that received intense sunshine are a purple so deep it’s almost black! The flavor is intensely fruity, and sugar-sweet. Plants are very productive, yielding all season in elongated clusters that look beautiful.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

The fruit takes about 75 days from transplanting to harvest. Harvest the fruit when fully ripe, the the colour will be deep and the fruit is soft to the touch.

Propagation

Seed
Sow in spring as temperatures start warming up. Sow into trays or in situ, germination takes 6-14 days.

Special features

Crop rotation
Tomatoes are heavy feeders, follow with legumes.
Pot plant
Cherry tomatoes can be grown in pots. Make use the pot is large enough and provide a support for the plant or use a pot tall enough for the plant to cascade over.

Geography

Origin
Hybrid
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Edible
The fruit are edible.

Personality

Family
Solanaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Blue Berry tomato has good disease resistance. Be on the lookout for pests, like Stink bugs, cutworms, tomato hornworms and tobacco hornworms, aphids, cabbage loopers, whiteflies, tomato fruitworms, flea beetles, red spider mite, slugs, and Colorado potato beetles.

Companion plants

Borage is thought to repel the tomato hornworm moth. The devastating tomato hornworm has a major predator in various parasitic wasps, whose larvae devour the hornworm, but whose adult form drinks nectar from tiny-flowered plants like umbellifers. Several species of umbellifer are therefore often grown with tomato plants, including parsley, queen anne's lace, and sometimes dill. These also attract predatory flies that attack various tomato pests. Plants with strong scents, like alliums (onions, chives, garlic), mints (basil, oregano, spearmint) and French marigold, (Tagetes patula) are thought to mask the scent of the tomato plant, making it harder for pests to locate it and provide an alternative landing point, less chance of the pest on the tomatos. These plants may also subtly affect the flavor of tomato fruit. Ground cover plants, including mints, stabilize moisture loss around tomato plants and other Solanaceae, which come from very humid climates, these can help prevent moisture-related problems like blossom end rot. Tap-root plants like dandelions break up dense soil and bring nutrients from below a tomato plant's reach, possibly benefiting their companion. Tomato plants can protect asparagus from asparagus beetles, because they contain solanine that kills the beetle, while asparagus plants contain Asparagusic acid that repels nematodes known to attack tomato plants. Marigolds also repel nematodes.

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