I am growing 10 varieties of tomato from seed and in an occasional series am profiling each in turn. Today is the turn of Garden Pearl (Gartenperle). (Others I’ve covered so far are Alicante, Black Cherry, Carbon, Gardeners Delight, Moneymaker, Shirley and Sungold. Still to come are Red Robin, Tigerella and Tumbler.
To eat, Garden Pearl is:
- Small, cherry size, bite size.
- Sweet, flavoursome, extremely sweet, very tasty, very sweet, sweet & tasty, rich & tangy.
- Reddish pink, pink-red, deep ruby red, pink to rosy red, red, pearly red, pinkish red, pinky red, pink.
To Grow, Garden Pearl is:
- Bush, dwarf bush, dwarf trailing bush, compact bushy habit, neat compact habit, vigorous.
- Specially bred for patio pots, tubs,window boxes and hanging baskets.
- Self branching , cascades from 10 to 18 inches long so needs to be raised off the ground.
- High yielding, prolific, very prolific, heavy cropping, abundance of fruit.
- Early to crop and continues to crop all season long.
To buy Garden Pearl:
- Seeds come in packets of around 40 to 50 and work out at about 3.5 to 5 pence each.
Garden Pearl seems to work best when grown in container off the ground. This can be as high as a hanging basket, in a pot which sits on a table or other raised elevation, or if on the ground, in a pot with 18 inches sides to give the trusses clearance from the ground.
Update – at the 2009 Hampton Court Flower show I took a couple of photos of Garden Pearl plants – the fruit isn’t yet ripe – but the photos give a nice idea of the growing habit of this tomato variety.
Have you grown Garden Pearl? What would your recommendation be on the best height off the ground to grow it ?
Photos of Garden Pearl seedlings 2.5 weeks after sowing.