One alternative to the standard red tomato is the pink variety. These tomato plants produce fruits in various hues of pink from light to dark. Studies conducted by Dr. Asaph Aharoni of the Weizmann Institute of Science revealed that pink tomatoes are the result of a genetic mutation. Pink tomatoes have thinner skin and contain less lycopene than their red counterparts. Popular pink heirloom and hybrid varieties include Brandywine, Caspian Pink, Cherokee Purple, Early Bird and Ferris Wheel.
Plant pink tomato seeds indoors six to eight weeks before the last expected frost for your region.
Fill peat pots with slightly-moistened potting mix.
Sow two seeds per pot, 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep and 2 inches apart, then cover lightly with soil.
Set peat pots on a tray and place in a location with full sunlight and consistent temperatures of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Seeds typically sprout within seven to 14 days of planting.
Harden off seedlings gradually once plants grow to at least 6 inches in height. Set pots outside for a few hours each day, gradually increasing the length of time outdoors each time.
Work 2 to 3 inches of organic compost into the designated planting area with a garden tiller or pitchfork. Break up any large clumps and remove rocks or other debris to create a clean planting site.
Dig 4-inch holes, spaced at least 3 feet apart.
Fill each hole with water and allow it to soak in before transplanting seedlings.
Place the seedling, including the peat pot, into the hole, just below the first set of leaves and pack soil around the base.
Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch (organic compost, grass clippings or straw) around the base of each plant to help with moisture retention and prevent pest and disease attacks.
Insert a tomato cage over each seedling, centering the cage over the plant. Gently push down on the top to push the prongs down into the soil.
Water growing tomato plants with at least 1 inch of water per week.
Apply water-soluble fertilizer around the base of each plant every three to four weeks during the growing season. Follow manufacturer directions for dosage.