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Tomato, Sunrise Bumble Bee

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Deliciously sweet and tangy.

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Fresh as first morning light, ‘Sunrise Bumble Bee’ bursts with refreshing sweet tang. The cheerful, marbled, red and yellow cherry-type fruits, weighing just under an ounce, add a burst of color as they gleam on vigorous plants. Indeterminate.
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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.

Cherry

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

Indeterminate

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

68-70 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.

48-60 inches

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  • Tomatoes

    Tomatoes
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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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.
Type
Cherry
Fruit Bearing
Indeterminate
Days To Maturity
68-70 days
Fruit Weight
1 ounces
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
48-60 inches
Height
48-60 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Sow Time
6-8 weeks BLF
Thin
6 inches
Tomato, Sunrise Bumble Bee is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I planted late and aman unexperienced gardner (brown thumb, daughter of a green one) with a couple of blips (too many plants in one large container) I was successful. They are ripening as we speak. Your costomer service has been the best...see you next spring
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tasty surprise! This is the first summer I grew these little cuties and it won't be the last. I had so many of these sweet and tangy tomatoes that were snacked on, given to friends, made into sauces and soup. Definitely growing these bright little gems again next summer!
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome tomato! I've grown dozens of varieties and this is one of my favorite 'non black' tomatoes. The coloring is exquisite and the size is a big cherry. The plant itself is beastly. It took a couple of weeks for the roots to bite fully, but when they did.....boom. The plants are about 6-7' tall if the branches went straight up. They are not the stronges and my cages only go to 52". The branches sag over the sides of the cages. The plants are also THICK, like a carpet of coverage. The amount of flowers and fruit is vast. If you were to take an entire season's harvest at one time, it would weigh 25-30 pounds. I'm not sure you could maintain these plants enough where they would not be unwieldy. Make sure you give them a solid 4' diameter to grow, at the least. The fruit is very sweet, not overly firm or soft. They tend to get eaten as they ripen in my garden. If you are looking for a plentiful, tasty, and visually attractive tomato, this is it. Only the Sun Sugars put out a bigger yield I have found.
Date published: 2016-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must repeat! This is my first year with a big vegetable garden. I've made plenty of mistakes, but also had plenty of successes. Sunrise bumblebee is likely my favorite of the 17 varieties of tomatoes I'm growing! It is exquisitely pretty. I disagree with the previous reviewer who had trouble telling when they're ripe. They're quite obvious - wait until the green stripes are off, and they are entirely in yellow-orange-red schemes. The large-cherry size is great for tossed capreses. The flavor is fantastic. Sweet, slightly tart. Texture is great. The skin is the right thickness to me; thick enough to retain firmness, thin enough to not be chewy. The plants are resilient against disease. I'm having some trouble with bug-borne diseases, and some overcrowding. The Sunrise Bumblebee doesn't seem to mind. Reasonably high yield too! It is easy to grow, tasty, and pretty. Can't go wrong. Most certainly growing this one again.
Date published: 2016-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This tomato was very easy to grow and I loved the flavor.
Date published: 2016-08-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gorgeous tomato - with a downside This tomato is every bit as beautiful as the photos here. They are gorgeous! However, they are also somewhat thick-skinned for a grape tomato, and the pigmenting makes it a little tricky to determine when they're ripe. I find myself waiting too long to pick them, and they are squishy within a day or so on the kitchen counter. Also, the plants are not as prolific as grapes I have grown in the past. But it was fun to give this pretty variety a try.
Date published: 2015-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great on both taste and appearance I grew this tomato in a 5 gallon bucket. Soil was 50/50 blend of top soil and miracle grow potting mix I had. This was also the first year I ever did much pruning with my garden (Huge difference). I turned the plant into a nice little bush about 4 feet high and a few feet wide starting 8 inches up the stalks. Not only did the plant tolerate my inexperienced cutting, if has produced many tomatoes. Most of the fruit is still green however the ten or so we have eaten really stand out. Look great, taste great, AND good texture. I did a taste test vs. a cherry 100 variety and they were preferred by the whole house. Will grow again
Date published: 2015-08-01
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