Not Black Pearl


I had purchased what I thought was the Burpee Black Pearl Hybrid cherry tomato seedling back in May from Plant World. Who wouldn’t want it after reading this taste profile:¬†Sweet, rich, complex, full tomato flavors that burst in your mouth, characteristic of the best flavourful black tomatoes. Delicious if you ask me. And it is because of this plant that I even considered the large containers to grow them in.

First clue that maybe the plant I brought home wasn’t Black Pearl? No vines.

Second clue? The size of the flowers were significantly larger than cherry tomato flowers.

Hard to tell the size, but trust me, this is larger than a cherry tomato, and look at the shape. This is most definitely not the Black Pearl. Although I am now curious to find out what we are growing, I am slightly disappointed because I was so excited about the Black Pearl. I guess I will have to wait until next year.

Our Sweet 100s plant is definitely the right plant. Well, it is at least a cherry tomato varietal based on experience. So far, it looks like it this plant is a good producer as the vines are long and plentiful. I wonder if growing them in the larger containers has anything to do with it. Each vine has at least 20 flowers. I can’t wait until they are ripe. Hubby loves these!




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