Pineapple tomatoes from 2014 harvest

Pineapple Tomato

Details

  • Solanum lycopersicum
  • Open-Pollinated
  • Heirloom
  • Type: Indeterminate
  • Shape: oblate beefsteak, sometimes with mild pleating
  • Color: yellow, with orange & red blush; gets more red as it ripens further
    • the flesh inside is bright yellow with bursts of red and orange
  • Maturity:
    • 85-95 days
    • late season
  • Spacing: 24″ (Biointensive)
  • Size: 10-16 oz
  • Yield:
    • not heavy producers, but well-worth the garden space; see my results below
    • biointensive yields:
      • beginner: 100 lbs per 100 sq ft
      • advanced: 418 lbs per 100 sq ft
  • Taste: “very sweet, fruity flavor and low acidity”
  • Disease Resistance & Environmental Tolerance:
    • susceptible to fusarium & verticillium wilts, but they seem to hang on regardless
    • resistant to blossom end rot
    • still perform well in hot, dry climates:
      • From BountifulGardens.com: We can have temperatures in the 100’s but nighttime temps in the 50’s here, and Pinapple is one of the few to set fruit well in those conditions.
      • Most cold-hardy and drought-resistant large tomato we have seen, with fruits still ripening after a month of light frosts at night.
      • Doesn’t like rain or overhead watering–keep foliage dry. Strong vines support clusters of big fruit. Resistant to blossom-end rot as well.
      Pineapple tomato slices

      Pineapple tomato slices

      Notes:

      • these are my favorite beefsteaks – beautiful and best tasting

      Sources: (where to buy)

      Results from My Garden:

       SEASON SOURCE DATES SPACING PLANTS MATURITY YIELD PER PLANT AVG SIZE DISEASE
      2009 SoC Seed 3/5 > 4/16 > 5/7 12″x18″ 2 ? 1-2 ? Large  
      2010 SoC Seed 3/5 > 5/7 18″x20″ 6  95 days  5 2 lbs 7 oz  
      2011 SoC Seed 3/5 > 4/2 > 4/23 18″x21″ 4  113 days  13 4 lbs 5 oz early blight? slight wilt
      2012 SoC Seed 2/19 > 4/16 > 5/14 18″x24″ 4  89 days 5 2.7 lbs 9-10 oz V and F
      2013 TSC start 5/13  21-24″ 2 – 2 = 0 n/a 0 0 0 CTV (yanked on 7/4)
      2013-Grafted  TSC graft 5/13   21-24″ 2  112 days 54 23.3 lbs 7 oz powdery mildew?
       2014  SoC seed 3/9 > 4/16 > 5/10  24″ 1 84 days  2 1.6 lbs 13 oz V orF wilt early Sep
       2014-Grafted TSC & DIY grafts (SoC seed on  TSC rootstock ‘SuperNatural’) 3/9 > 4/5 graft > 4/15 > 5/4 24″ 2 -1 = 1  113 days  3 2 lbs 11 oz DIY graft broke in windstorm
      2015-Grafted SoC seed on  TSC rootstock ‘SuperNatural’        n/a  seedling was stunted to begin with – graft was successful, but it never grew well

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