Introduced to SSE in 1983 by John Hartman of Indiana. Our favorite was when we compared 25 different yellow pears in 1998. Endless supply of 142” fruits with great flavor. Ideal for salads. Indeterminate, 70-80 days from transplant. +21,000 seeds/oz.
History of the Plant
Tomatoes are native to South America. While yellow pear tomatoes have been recorded being grown as far back as the 17th century, ‘Beams Yellow Pear’ is a fairly recent heirloom tomato being introduced to seed savers by an Indiana grower in 1983
Learn to Grow Beam’s Yellow Pear Tomato
- Seed Depth: 1/4
- Space Between Plants: 24″
- Space Between Rows: 3-5′
- Germination Soil Temperature: 70-90°F
- Days for Germination: 6-10
- Sow Indoors: 6-8 weeks before the average last frost
Sow Outdoors: After all danger of frost has passed and soil is at least 60°F. Only recommended if your growing season is long.
SOIL: Prefers well-drained loamy or sandy soil with a high amount of organic matter. A pH between 6.0 and 6.5 will keep plants healthy and nourished.
SOILLESS: Start seeds and root cuttings using a soilless mix.
HYDROPONICS: Thrives in a variety of hydroponic systems, including NFT, slab, and media-based systems. Use perlite or mineral wool as the growing medium.
AEROPONICS: Cuttings will root in aeroponic systems.
WATER: Requires moderate levels of water. Once established, they are fairly drought tolerant. Even soil moisture is necessary to prevent cracking fruits and blossom end rot. Avoid getting water and the leaves
NUTRIENTS: Requires high levels of nutrients. Amend soil with compost and aged manure before planting. Fertilize 3-5 times during the growing season using a balanced liquid fertilizer, compost tea, and/or liquid seaweed.
PRUNING: Remove suckers—the auxiliary buds that form at the intersection of leaf and stem—to divert that energy into fruit production. Near the end of your growing season (4 weeks before the average first frost date) remove any remaining flowers and small fruit in order to direct the plant’s energy into ripening the green fruit.
MULCHING: Use mulch to conserve soil moisture. Black plastic mulch can be helpful to warm the soil more quickly and allow earlier planting.
MEDICINAL: Health Benefits of Yellow Pear TomatoesYellow pear tomatoes have beta-carotene that is known to neutralize cancer-causing free radicals. They also contain vitamin C, niacin, folate, and potassium which are great for regulating blood pressure, and improving nerve function and muscle control.
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