Tomato, Honeybunch Hybrid
As sweet as honey.
Days To Maturity
6-8 weeks BLF
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How to Sow and Plant
- Sow tomato seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring using a seed starting kit
- Sow seeds ¼ inch deep in seed-starting formula
- Keep the soil moist at 75 degrees F
- Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days
- As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
- Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
- If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
- Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.
Planting in the Garden:
- Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil. Make sure you did not grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes in the bed the previous year to avoid disease problems.
- Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
- Tomatoes should be set 30-48 inches apart in a row with the rows spaced 3-4 feet apart. It can be tempting to space tomatoes more closely at planting time, but if you plant too closely you will increase the chance of disease, and decrease yields.
- Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
- Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development.
- Tomatoes can be planted deeply, with the stem buried to the first set of leaves. The more deeply they are planted the more roots will form, providing the plant with additional support and better ability to take up nutrients. Some gardeners plant tomatoes by digging a horizontal trench and laying the plant in the trench with the top 2-4 inches of the plant pointing upward.
- Fill the planting hole with soil to the top and press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
- Use the plant tag as a location marker. This is particularly important if you are trying different varieties. It is very difficult to tell which variety is which from the foliage.
- Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
- Place your plant support at this time. You can try tomato cages or staking. Unsupported plants will sprawl on the ground, require no pruning, and will probably produce a larger yield of smaller fruit than will staked plants. For larger, cleaner, more perfect fruits, support plants as they grow. Growing on stakes: Place strong stakes in the ground and set plants about 6 inches from the stakes. Growing in cages: Place a cage around a single plant; let the vines grow and enlarge within the cage, no pruning will be necessary
How to Grow
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
- Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. This is especially important for tomatoes as their roots may be easily damaged when weeding, and this can lead to blossom end rot.
- Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
- If growing on stakes: As the plants grow, allow only one or two main stems to grow and pinch out any other side shoots as they form. Gently tie the one or two remaining shoots to the stake; don't pull them tightly against the stake. If growing in cages, no pruning is necessary.
- Whether to remove the side shoots, or suckers, that grow out of the leaf axils or not depends on the support system used. Gardeners using stakes usually snap off these side shoots. They typically get earlier and larger tomatoes but overall production tends to be less. If tomatoes are grown in cages, the suckers are generally left on, although it's a good idea to pinch the tip out of them when they are 6-8 inches long. Regardless you may want to remove all the growth from the bottom 6-10 inches of the plant. This helps to improve air circulation and reduce the spread of diseases such as early blight. Wait until the plants are knee-high. In the morning when the plants have the most water in them, snap off the lower growth while it is small. Any plants that look sick with distorted foliage or have a mosaic pattern on the leaves should be removed as they may have a virus that can spread to the other plants. It is best to do this early in the season.
- Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
Harvesting and Preserving Tips
- Determinate tomato plants ripen a heavy crop over a few weeks. Indeterminate varieties bear fruit continuously till frost. Remember that the days to harvest refers to the time from setting out transplants in the garden.
- Pick tomatoes when they are as ripe as possible. They should be fully colored and firm and picked regularly to avoid overloading plants.
- At the end of the season, when you know there will be a frost, pick all the almost-ripe tomatoes you can, and ripen them in brown bags or spread on newspapers at room temperature. Many cultivars will store for months. Store only sound fruit, at 50-60°F. Do NOT refrigerate and try to avoid having the fruit touch each other.
- The foliage of tomatoes is toxic and should not be eaten.
- Tomato fruits are enjoyed in many cooked dishes as a flavoring. Use them to make soups, sauces, stews, ketchup, paste, juice, quiche, and pies. Add them to curries, casseroles, and chutney.
Days To Maturity60 daysFruit Weight1 ouncesSunFull SunSpread18 inchesHeight60-72 inchesSow MethodIndoor SowPlanting TimeSpringSow Time6-8 weeks BLFThin6 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Tomato, Honeybunch Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 16.Rated 4 out of 5 by Maur57 from Huge yield! ! Cracking Toms! I planted 1 Honey Crunch tomato plant and was over whelmed with how many it produced. I gave away whole branches of them. The 1st ones that came out were great but subsequent ones burst before the ripened, even after the rainy season was long over.Date published: 2016-01-26Rated 4 out of 5 by Iggy from Great taste Great tasting tomato but not as productive as i would like (could be blamed on cool summer).Date published: 2014-11-15Rated 5 out of 5 by irelamanda from High yields These plants produce SO many tomatoes. We can hardly keep up. They are so pretty, they look like ornaments on a tree!Date published: 2014-08-29Rated 4 out of 5 by danzeb from Honey Bunch are tasty Large plants. Mine are over 6 ft by August 1. Prolific and healthy plants. Nice taste and sweet but not as sweet as Sweet 100 although much healthier. They can split after heavy rains but splitting is less of a problem than other cherry tomatoes I grow. They ripen slowly and mine are more orange than red so it is hard to tell when they are fully ripe. If I wait too long the tendency to split increases. Weather this year was hot and humid. I'll try them again next year and see how they do under next years weather conditions.Date published: 2012-08-09Rated 5 out of 5 by Muddwife from Tasty and Tough Son broke off just above ground. Planted broken piece and it took root and flourished. ToughDate published: 2012-05-08Rated 3 out of 5 by Deltablues from Not all that... A disappointment to say the least. Skin is tough and not at all as sweet as advertised. I was expecting much more from the product description and reviews. It is a cherry tomato and that's all.Date published: 2011-08-25Rated 4 out of 5 by Kaykay from Amazing Tomato I planted this variety as seeds and they immediately took off and became quite prolific. I planted five of them in containers on my deck and they are at least eight feet tall and just covered in fruit. They are the only tomato that is producing yet for me because of the strange weather this year and they are delicious! The fruit ripens rapidly once formed and each plant has hundreds of little tomatoes on it. I do remove suckers as a producing branch forms so the bushes are also very attractive. They taste amazing!Date published: 2011-08-01Rated 4 out of 5 by OrganicMan from Delicate At First, But Then Takes Off!! I have grown this variety of cherry tomatoes (always from plants) since 2008, and I will say this...They are delicate in nature as young plants. Meaning that they need at least a 5-day period indoors to recouperate from shipping in a semi-sunny area where the temperature stays between 65 and 70 degrees. Once the bed is prepped which they will be grown in, pick an overcast day with very little wind and temps in the 60's. These will tend to lilt & wilt a few days as they adjust to the soil and being outside. Some people make tents over new tomato plants to shield them, but I don't have time for that! I like varieties that tend to be heartier and hit the ground running like the Sungold variety (see my review for that) . Not saying that these aren't a good choice, but you have to work with them more as babies. Out of the 3 plants I always buy, I usually will lose 1 or 2, no matter how I coddle them. But the ones that survive past that tedious early phase really take off, get strong, grow as high 5 ft. tall, and yield clusters of delicious uber-sweet little red cherry tomatoes which are a delight in salads, as a snack, or roasted in the oven @ 250, drizzled in a bit of extra virgin olive oil with a hit of salt & pepper. NUMMM-YUMMY! (-: I have found this variety fares better in containers. For 2010, I will grow these in the two large pots which flank either side of my patio. So far, as of this review, they seem to be thriving there. The one extra plant, I planted in the garden where everything else is thriving...it's near death, so there ya go! (-: For containers not the garden.Date published: 2010-05-02