How to Grow Yellow Pear Tomatoes

Overview

Yellow pear tomatoes are a type of cherry tomato that are bite size and pear-shaped. They are one of the early producing tomatoes, taking only about 75 days to reach maturity after planting. These tiny, sweet flavored tomatoes produce a crop throughout the summer, growing vigorously on climbing vines. Perfect to eat straight from the vine or added to green salads, yellow pear tomatoes also make a beautiful addition to your vegetable garden, with bright yellow fruit against luscious green vines.

Step 1

Prepare your garden area in late spring when there is no further chance of frost or cold weather, and the ground is workable. Till the soil thoroughly and work in organic compost to make the soil well draining and add needed nutrients. Be sure your garden area gets full sun daily.

Step 2

Dig a hole twice as wide and three times as deep as the root ball, spacing the holes at least 3 feet apart. Add a handful of bone meal to each hole, then set a tomato plant into each hole. Plant your tomato plants very deeply with most of the stem below the ground and only about two sets of leaves above ground level. This makes for a strong root system and hardy plant. Fill in the hole with soil and tamp down firmly around the plant.

Step 3

Water your tomatoes deeply using a soaker hose or a garden hose. Let the water trickle out slowly for an hour and water once a week. Keep the soil moist and do not let it dry out, but be careful of creating soggy soil conditions or your tomatoes will not be very flavorful.

Step 4

Feed your tomatoes frequently so they produce abundant fruit. After planting, use a liquid fish emulsion to supply the needed nitrogen for growing strong foliage. Switch to an all-purpose fertilizer with lower nitrogen and higher phosphorus (e.g. 5-10-10), which encourages more fruit production.

Step 5

Add a two-inch layer of straw around your tomatoes to help the soil retain moisture and keep a consistent temperature. Mulching is important for tomato plants as it keeps the fruit from touching the ground, which can cause diseases and rotting.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not use an overhead watering system for your tomato plants; it can cause diseases on the leaves.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Fertilizer
  • Bone meal
  • Mulch
  • Wire cages
  • Soaker hose

References

  • Backyard Gardener; Yellow Pear Tomato
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About this Author

Residing in Southern Oregon, Amy Madtson has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008 with a focus on health, pregnancy, crafts and gardening. Her work has been published on websites such as eHow and Garden Guides, among others. Madtson has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1993.