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Tomato 'Variegated'   

Solanum lycopersicum

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'Variegated' is a Tomato variety in the Solanum genus with a scientific name of Solanum lycopersicum. 'Variegated' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Yellow. The mature flowers take a Single form, with an approximate petal count of 5. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Red.

Not only are the leaves of this tomato variegated, which in itself is unusual, the fruit is also striped red with green on the shoulders. Fruit is born in clusters of 5-6 per bunch, 2" in diameter each. Regular-leafed plant.

The fruit is green striped to begin with, but will turn solid red (no visible stripes) when ripe and ready to pick.

A type of Fruit, it mainly grows as an Annual/Perennial plant - which means it typically can have a varying lifetime - from 1 year to several. Variegated is known for its Vine habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.20 metres (3.90 feet).

Ireland is believed to be where Variegated originates from.

Variegated Tomato is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Variegated have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Variegated

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Be sure to trellis this variety to keep the fruit off the ground and easy to pick.

Variegated likes a position of full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Variegated is thought of as tender, so it is really important to plant out well after your last frost date. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 3 - 14 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ideally plant in loamy soil and try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 5.0 and 6.0 as Variegated likes to be in moderately acidic soil to weakly acidic soil.

Growing Variegated from seed

Start indoors 6 weeks before last frost date.

Sow at a depth of approx. 0.78 inches (2.0 cm) and aim for a distance of at least 2.60 feet (80.0 cm) between Tomato plants. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 12°C / 54°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Variegated about 42 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Variegated

Transplant out when around 15cm (6 inches) high. Plant to first set of leaves to promote strong root growth.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Variegated is a tender plant.

Harvesting Variegated

When the entire tomato is red, and no striping is visible, the tomato is ripe and ready to be picked.

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by mid summer.

Tomato Variegated Etymology

Named for its leaves, which are variegated.

Variegated folklore & trivia

Reportedly, an heirloom from Ireland.

Other Names for Tomato 'Variegated'

Splash of cream, Irish Cream And Green, Variegata,

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