Solanum lycopersicum ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Tomato) [10 Seeds]


Germination Information: Tomatoes are one of the easiest plants for anyone to start from seed: sow 1/8 to ¼ inch deep in moist growing mix indoors in early to mid-spring, under lights or on a warm, bright windowsill. Transplant to your garden once the chance of frost has passed.

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As a fan of pretty much anything variegated, finding out that there are tomatoes with multicolored foliage was a real revelation to me. The most common of a truly uncommon group is known as ‘Variegata’ or ‘Variegated’. You may also see it sold as ‘Splash of Cream’ or ‘Irish Cream and Green’.

The variegation on this strain does typically come true from seed, with the amount and intensity of the cream-to-white variegation varying through the growing season. Shoots can turn solid green, especially in mid- to late summer, then start producing variegated growth again. The markings often extend into the stems and even to the flowers, and the young fruits may have faint paler green striping, but I’ve never seen noticeable striping left once the fruits mature to red.

The fruits are roughly plum-sized (though rounded, not plum-shaped). The flavor is not particularly distinctive, but I think it’s pretty tasty: definitely worth picking, and that’s a good thing, because the indeterminate plants tend to produce moderately but steadily until frost. If you miss a few dropped fruits, you may find variegated volunteers in that spot next summer. Full sun. Annual.

Collected in early August 2022. At least 10 seeds. So far, ‘Variegata’ has come true from seed for me every year, but—as with most variegates—there’s always a possibility that a few seedlings from each packet may end up being solid green. I suggest sowing all of the seeds and discarding any seedlings that are not true to type. Shipping to US addresses only.

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