Tomato, Tye-Dye Hybrid
Breakthrough bicolor gold and red tomato with heirloom flavor.
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 Maturity78 daysFruit Weight7 ouncesSunFull SunSpread18 inchesHeight40-48 inchesSow MethodIndoor SowPlanting TimeSpringSow Time6-8 weeks BLFThin36 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Tomato, Tye-Dye Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 9.Rated 4 out of 5 by EE205 from Great color to the plate, above average taste Let me preface this review by saying that I prefer heirloom tomatoes over the hybrids. With that said, I put the Tye-Dye Hybrid in my garden this year. When they ripened, the color palette was off the chart. My whole family marveled at the tomato when we sliced it open and put it on the dinner table. They vibrant red, orange, yellow combination was quite the artful addition to the dinner table. I value the heirloom for its taste, but this hybrid surprised me with good flavor. I would put these in a tomato salad that would turn heads at any function. Good job on this one! I think this may become a part of the regular rotation.Date published: 2014-08-13Rated 1 out of 5 by deegee from Very Pretty, Very Tasteless Pretty tomato that was so lacking in flavor or taste that no one wanted to eat it. We grow hundreds of pounds of tomatoes every summer and usually have 10-12 different varieties. All offer something worthwhile in the taste department, except this one. Insipid, flavorless, would never grow again.Date published: 2014-02-24Rated 5 out of 5 by TexDi from BEST EVER I got this tomato year before last and it was the fastest to produce in five gallon paint buckets & my four-foot square gardens. The best tasting tomatoes, ever. Not too big, not too small. Very, very drought-resistent and insects didn't touch them. I had grasshoppers all over everything & they didn't mess with these. Here is the kicker,it kept on producing from my old plants all through a Texas August. I had so many tomatoes off each plant, Half of the dirt I had them planted in was lousy. I couldn't get water to them because of a water restriction for half of the time and NO RAIN. So they survived with what water I could spare. My only mistake was not ordering them last year. I had nothing I found to compare to them to. This tomato is good for hot, dry, rotten dirt in Texas Best taste1Date published: 2013-03-04Rated 5 out of 5 by greytfull from Tye-Dye Best Tomato Ever. I'm just finishing a cookbook after a summer of tasting tomatoes. The amazing discovery was the "Tye-Dye" that turned non-tomato eaters into fanatics. It's low-acidity, apricot-like taste compliments any recipe. The red-orange color is gorgeous. I've just spent a day researching where I can find this fabulous plant for this year's garden. They even froze beautifully and were used in sauces, soups and black bean recipes. Thank you, Burpee for this excellent tomato!Date published: 2012-03-28Rated 4 out of 5 by BGardener from Pretty and sweet tomato I must disagree with the poor reviews. Maybe it is the location, but my Tye-dyes from seeds in 2010 were sweet and striped. Also my co-workers that I gave extra plants to had the same results. Since it is a non acidic tomato, it will not have that strong tomato taste. It is comparable to the Pineapple Heirloom I have grown. Some of the Tye-dyes did go out of the round shape and had the oblong shape of the Pineapple, but still tasted nice. I do have to agree that the seeds are a bit expensive and may look for an alternative in 2012.Date published: 2011-01-03Rated 1 out of 5 by mickeydoodled from tasteless, no stripes Most tasteless tomato ever. THe picture on the catalog cover was beautiful, but my tomatoes were not at all striped, they were yellow. Very prolific plant, huge plant. Would not grow again.Date published: 2010-12-18Rated 1 out of 5 by backyardgardener from Great Disappointment Pros: Easy to grow from seed; prolific grower; attractive Cons: No taste at all; seeds are expensive. Will not grow againDate published: 2010-08-22Rated 1 out of 5 by smilingEnglishteacher from Supermarket flavor On the front cover of the Burpee catalog, I was excited to see a terrific new non-acidic tomato. Right? Wrong! These have as much or less flavor than a winter supermarket tomato. SOOOO disappointed. I will go back to the Jet Star Hybrid next year, but this means no yummy tomatoes for me this year, since my low-acid diet won't let me eat most tomatoes. :-(Date published: 2010-08-09