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Tomato, Italian Ice Hybrid

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Cooling, melt-in-your-mouth tomato taste sensation.

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Sugary sweet and bursting with juicy flavor, Italian Ice is a summer picnic treat. Clusters of 1-1 1/2" snack-sized fruits ripen from green to ivory white, becoming uniquely sweet and mild-tasting. Chill a bowlful for a satisfying portable snack when the sultry days of summer call for a cooling, melt-in-your-mouth taste sensation.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.


Fruit Bearing This refers to the relative season when the plant produces fruit, or if it bears continuously or just once


Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

65 days

Fruit Weight The average weight of the fruit produced by this product.

1 ounces

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18 inches

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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 until 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.
Fruit Bearing
Days To Maturity
65 days
Fruit Weight
1 ounces
Full Sun
18 inches
60-72 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Sow Time
6-8 weeks BLF
6 inches
Tomato, Italian Ice Hybrid is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 53.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really great producer, but is it ripe yet? I have to say I am pleased for the most part and will order again next year. Great fruiter...and the birds leave them alone I guess because they never appear ripe. Looks cool for visual appeal. Out of the 7 varieties of grape and cherry tomatoes we grew this year, likely the least favorite when it comes to flavor but it works and is good enough that we eat them. Tastes better when chilled than room temperature. The only negative is these take some time to get used to what a ripe one looks like, since the difference is very subtle between ripe and non ripe color. Once you get that part down, all good from there. Flavor 3 stars. Producer 5 stars Visual appeal 4 stars
Date published: 2015-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for snacks & salads Great flavor with outstanding number of tomatoes. I grew the in a patio container to produce good results. Very hardy and easy to maintain. I highly recommend these for snacks or salads. 5 Star in my book!
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorites! I love this gorgeous tomato! It's so nice to work the white color in with yellows and reds for appetizers and salsas! All of my neighbors are impressed with the white tomato. It has no acid taste. It's so sweet that my kids eat it off the vine like its candy. The folks that get a yellow tint are picking them late. They are ripe when they are cream colored, but turn yellow if left on the vine. They are healthy strong plants and fast growers. This is one of my favorites tomato plants and a staple in my garden every year! Everyone seems to have red and yellow - wow your friends by adding whites!
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from disappointing I love trying different hybrids each year but this one just didn't want to grow. Very hard to get started. Very hard to keep growing. From a 4ft by 8ft bed I only got about a dozen fruit. This year I also tired the sunchocola and the orange wellingtons with much better luck, along with romas and some heirloom German tomatoes passed down for years. Yes we really love our tomatoes. I think this particular variety needs more work.
Date published: 2013-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! These tomatoes matured to a medium yellow color for me--darker than the picture. The flavor was out of this world! Here is the experience: You first bite into an Italian Ice and a citrus flavor bursts into your mouth. Then, as you eat, you begin to taste the skin, which has what I would call a vanilla flavor. Delicious! Unique! Can't eat just one. The plant grows like crazy and keeps producing the entire season.
Date published: 2012-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super seller great taste treat.super bedtime snack I tried this tomato their first summer...2010, and really loved it. I cage all my tomatoes, and this one needed "Double Caged" Grew out the top of over 7' tall cages, which makes for really great, easy picking. Don't understand why so many people say this tomato is not good, or does not grow well/taste good.... Gotta be lack of proper nutrients in their soil. First year I only planted 2 plants, and gave some for samples to people who come to buy from our small home garden and they were amazed. Almost everyone wanted more. This year I planted 6 plants of Italian Ice, and still could not keep up with the demand. The tomatoes grow well, average app 1" diameter, and are very crack resistant. We grow our tomatoes on a "plastic mulch" with "Trickle Tape" Irrigation UNDER the plastic, and keep the ground moist even in the driest of weather with very little water. Are cages are very sturdy, and will support the weight of a 300# man lying across on top of one, therefore lend themselves very handily to stacking to accommodate the long vines these will produce if planted in good soil. All I can say to those who say they do not grow or produce up on how to grow tomatoes, as you evidently are lacking someplace!
Date published: 2012-11-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Kind of lousy I've tried these twice now and they are overwhelmingly prolific but really bland and tasteless. I wanted them to live up to their description but both seasons yielded the same result.
Date published: 2012-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great producer This is my first time with a garden. I started from seed and all sprouted. Transplanted great. Produced later than my other tomatoes. They take a long time to ripen but are beautiful. They are best eaten at the golden stages. I can see they will probably turn all white but i noticed the lighter they get in color they lose almost all the flavor. Would give 5 stars Burpee photo is misleading. The plants have sooooo many tomatoes.
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Blonde Tomato As other reviewers have said, my little tomatoes were yellowish- or kinder, "platinum blonde"- instead of white. I wonder if this is due to region, as other reviewers have said theirs are white. Could cross pollination be a culprit? Very sturdy plants! Mine are planted in wine barrels on the roof for maximum sun exposure. I planted 3 plants to a barrel- but would do 2 next time, as it is a jungle in there! Very light flavor... not really sweet though.
Date published: 2012-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yum! Italian Ice Hybrid Loads of fruit to date! Sweet and delicious. All yellow thus far...
Date published: 2012-06-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tomato, Italian Ice Hybrid Would not germinate they would die just as soon as the broke the surface
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Looks great! Well, it looks great but looks can be deceiving. It was easy to germinate, and provided a lot of fruits but did not taste good at all. It tasted bitter and was not delicious. I was disappointed considering that I bought 3 packs of it... I do not recommend it.
Date published: 2012-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prolific and Versatile These did phenomenally well in my garden, especially since we had quite a wet summer and many other varieties rotted on the vine. They are very late for a cherry tomato, but worth the wait. I have never seen as much fruit on another variety and the plants are also quite hardy with a very strong root system. Our wet spring resulted in a late planting out in the garden so I was left with many pounds of fruit on the vines at the end of the season. When I cleaned up the garden, I froze all of the excess ripe tomatoes and pickled all of the green ones. The results for both have been delicious!
Date published: 2012-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Italian Ice Tomato Customer favorite! Children loved them, not a strong tomato taste. Very prolific.
Date published: 2011-10-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not what I paid for my experience was the same as another gardener from Ohio. These tomatoes were pale yellow, hard and lacked any flavor. If you left them on the vine hoping that they might actually mature into what was advertised, they started to rot. Definitely not the tomato that was advertised. Waste of money and time! I've already pulled them out of the garden.
Date published: 2011-08-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not white, not good I was pretty disappointed with this .At no stage of development are these tomatoes white. They are larger than average cherry tomatoes, have little flavor and are YELLOW.
Date published: 2011-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique! As a business owner and Master Gardener, I highly recommend these! I grew them for the first time last year, as I like to offer many varieties for my garden customers. It was a hands down favorite! They are very sweet and prolific. The unusual light color and wonderful taste delighted my clients. They are asking for them again this year and I will be pleased to offer them. I have placed another order for more. Here's to another great year!
Date published: 2011-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from prolific A large cocktail sized tomato on a HUGE plant. Beware how vigorous these plants get. I had to prune the plants aggressively to keep them in bounds and they still overwhelmed the cage. Just tons of foliage that you have to search through to find the fruit. There are lots of tomatoes.....and they keep producing, but the flavor isn't fantastic (certainly not compared to sweet cherries) and the color is a bit off.....goes from green to yellow to an off white. I'll not be buying these again, just way too much foliage and not enough flavor. Too many great tomatoes out there to mess with these again!
Date published: 2011-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mmmmmmm Reasons I love this tomato: 1)Flavor: They pop with the first bite and then melt into your mouth. Juicy and sweet with a bit of a citrus tang afterward. 2) Texture: Super smooth, not mealy or grainy at all. 3) Appearance: They may not be truly white, more of a light creamy colour, but they are still unusual and look awesome chopped up on a salad. 4)Production/Time to harvest: These took a little longer than most of the other varieties I planted, but not so long that I wont get a nice big harvest before the first frost. They produce several clusters of delicious fruit. My only recommendation to the gardener is to zealously prune this plant. The foliage is so thick I have to hunt for the tomatoes. I pruned to leave only 3 vines to set fruit, next time I will prune so only 2 produce. I will definitely be planting this again!
Date published: 2010-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from unique, mild tomato I got an italian ice plant in one of the tomato collections burpee offers, and it was the biggest, heartiest plant in the shipment. I planted it in a topsy tree, and it's loaded with tomatoes. Mine skip from green to a light yellow buttery color, not the pale cream in the picture. They are an oversized cherry tomato, and they have a very mild, low acid, almost citrusy/fruity flavor. They have a good gel to solid ratio, not too many seeds, you can actually slice them. I liked them enough that after I picked my first ripe one and ate it, I immediately started searching the plant for any more that were ready! I don't usually enjoy cherry tomatoes this much, I got the collection for the other varieties, but I will definitely order this one again, all on its own.
Date published: 2010-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great tomatoes I grew these last year, they took over the garden,a large bush and hundreds of wonderful white tomatoes, yes they may appear lite yellow sometmes but most of mine were white. Delicious flavor, easy to grow . I started mine out as an already established plant. Do have trouble getting live plants to me healthy, due to long travel time, but this guy made it and i enjoyed fruit all summer.
Date published: 2010-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Little Tomato These are BEAUTIFUL little tomatoes. The color and shape are so appealing. You want to eat them just because they are so darn pretty. I agree with the other reviewers. The color is actually pale yellow, not white. The flavor is very mild. I have about a dozen tomato varieties in my garden. The Italian Ice were the last to mature, which was actually nice, because it gave me something to look forward to. These plants actually stayed healthier than the other plants in my garden, which fell victim to a disease this year, possibly blight.
Date published: 2009-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet These have to be one of the sweetest, non acidic tomatoes I have ever eaten. I usually get a bit of an acid stomach from eating too many tomatoes but these don't give me any pain. Seeds were very easy to start, plants grow great and transplanted great. Started plants early but late transplant into garden, however, they took off and set flowers right away. Tomatoes came in with other varieties but took about two weeks longer to ripen. They do start dark green, lighten then turn more white. I'm not sure if minerals in certain water would make them turn but you can see by the pic's they are a very creamy white. My entire block is enjoying these sweet treats - also great in salsa or in any topping you want a 'wow' affect. Will plant more next year for sure.
Date published: 2009-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Tomato The tomatoes are wonderful, and are some of my first of the season. As with other reviewers, I found that they ripened from green to white and then to yellow. They are great, almost creamy when eaten while they are white. They are burstingly sweet if you let them go until they turn yellow. The plants are huge and are now nearly a foot taller than their cages. They are producing like crazy, I've never had tomatoes this productive before.
Date published: 2009-07-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from YELLOW Italian ICE DON"T LET THE BEAUTIFUL PICTURE IN THE CATALOGUE FOOL YOU! THese tomatoes are not a beautiful creamy white. When they ripen they are yellow! The germination rate is fair but found the plant to be susceptible to wilt, so out of the 18 plants i originally panted I have 9, two of which i purchased at a nursery. Even though these tomatoes are not what I expected, they flavor is wonderful and they are really pretty, even thought they are yellow. They look very nice in a tomato salad, adding a splash of color. I would definatley try them again!
Date published: 2009-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Back for More! I've grown tomatoes for almost 30 years, but recently moved from KS to the Northwest. Tomatoes are a challenge here due to a short, cool growing season. Last year I planted Italian Ice, Sungold and Beefsteak in a small, 3-sided greenhouse (open to the South), with red plastic on the ground. Italian Ice and Sungold produced outstanding crops. Beefsteak produced a truckload of fruit that never ripened. Although the Italian Ice fruit was not as 'white' as I'd hoped, once they turned pale yellow, the flavor was crisp and refreshing. Excellent for straight-off-the-vine snacking. Definitely going back in the garden this year!
Date published: 2009-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great wine match These little ones go great with a nice bottle of decanted red wine in the summer.
Date published: 2009-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very tasty cherry tomato we grew this variety last year for the first time. This tomato produced great right up to frost with abundance of tomatoes through out the entire season. Although ours ripened to a yellow color not close to ivory. These are a very sweet tomato with robust flavor. Even our 3 year old daughter liked them and previously we had not been able to get her to try a tomato.
Date published: 2009-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Tomato! Love the flavor, and the plants produce with an over abundance of fruit. The Itialian Ice tomatoes are the perfect addition to my tomato selection. Will plant them again!
Date published: 2009-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great plant This was a very prolific plant, and I was harvesting after the first frost for a couple of weeks. Great slow roasted.
Date published: 2008-12-18
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