Tomato, Sweet Seedless Hybrid
The world's first seedless tomato!
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 Maturity68-70 daysFruit Weight8-10 ouncesSunFull SunSpread30 inchesHeight65 inchesSow MethodIndoor SowPlanting TimeSpringSow Time6-8 weeks BLFThin36 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Tomato, Sweet Seedless Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 58.Rated 5 out of 5 by Hyper from Awesomeness!!! I bought these tomatoes for my husband who can not have seeded tomatoes. We have grow them two years and this year has been amazing. I am still picking them in the middle of October. These have amazing flavor and we have used them in ever way. They will be in my garden every year.Date published: 2015-10-31Rated 5 out of 5 by luvagarden from Great Tomato I ordered 2 packages (10 seeds to a package). All 20 seeds came up and are now over 5 foot tall. They are still green and waiting on them to ripen. They are really healthy tomato plants. Can't wait to be able to eat one.Date published: 2015-09-02Rated 2 out of 5 by MetsFan from Poor Germination This tomato was a disappointment due to very poor germination. Out of the 10 seeds only 2 germinated (on a 70-80 degree seed starting mat). The taste however was decent although there were a few small seeds. This would be a good tomato for those that suffer with diverticulitus. If you are going to purchase this tomato, I would buy plants instead of seeds from Burpee.Date published: 2015-04-28Rated 1 out of 5 by HoodCanalGardener from Seeds for Seedless Tomato won't grow I've tried 2 years in a row now and can never get the Seedless Tomato seeds to grow. I've tried EVERYTHING. Maybe I got a couple of bad seed packets?Date published: 2015-04-17Rated 5 out of 5 by lazygardener7656 from surprisingly sweet First bite a surprise! Sweet and tangy. Tomatoes did have some seeds, though not a lot. No care in planting these: Dug a little hole in the grass and planted, using garden fabric and Burpee big tomato cages. Forgot to fertilize and left watering to mother nature. A bumper crop still yielding in October. Go figure. I also appreciated the easy access packaging. Beautiful.Date published: 2014-10-16Rated 5 out of 5 by Bratsmom from Wonderful hardy tomatoes I love these tomatoes. Year after year we plant them and without fail, they are the ones that not only produce, but produce greatly from first fruit to frost. Then we pick all the green tomatoes right before and have tomatoes untill after Thanksgiving if we have a late freeze. One year we used a home remedy that nearly killed my three plants. Lost most of their leave and looked terrible. But I kept giving them water and they came back before the end of the season. Tomatoes were kind of small, but still good. Best tomatoes we have ever planted.Date published: 2014-10-02Rated 5 out of 5 by Dogpound from Super tomatos, my hubby can eat. His favourite food is tomatoes. He too has Diveriticulitis, what a learning curve. We were able to eat anything we wanted but then whoa! I was just wandering around the greenhouse at the local building store, and there they were. I already had a few plants started in my little greenhouse, but I always felt guilty growing toms and he couldn't have any. So I moved the other plants over and bought a dozen. They produced great large fruit, that was juicy and plenty of them on each plant. Just want to say Thank You, he was in second heaven!! I will definitely be buying seed and then probably plants too! One Happy Wife!Date published: 2014-09-28Rated 5 out of 5 by TRIS from Finally! Seedless tomatoes!! My husband has suffered from diverticulitis for several years and the one thing he has missed out on the most is tomatoes. In particular fried green tomatoes. So when i saw that ordering seedless tomatoes was a possibility, I told him not to hold his breath but we would order some and see what we can come up with. he was delighted. We have enjoyed seedless tomatoes all summer and they are still producing!. We have had numerous tomato sandwiches ( a southern thing) and several meals of fried green tomatoes (also a southern thing). We will definitely order more plants next year! Thank you Burpee for making him so happy. It's the little things!Date published: 2014-09-21