Tempting Tomatoes® Bellini Cocktail Tomato Lycopersicon esculentum
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
FeaturesI have that NATURAL BEAUTY thing going for me.
You can grow this! Bellini is a super easy, rewarding tomato. You’ll be glowing with pride when you harvest the long clusters of bright orange, large cocktail-sized tomatoes from summer into fall on this indeterminate variety. A high sugar, low acid balance gives the fruit amazing flavor, and resistance to cracking and disease ensure your success.EdibleHeat Tolerant
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:30 - 42 InchesSpacing:24 - 30 InchesSpread:24 - 30 InchesFlower Colors:YellowFlower Shade:Yellow - not grown for flowersFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Deep GreenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:ModerateBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerBloom Time:Late SpringHardiness Zones:10a, 10b, 11a, 11bWater Category:ConsistentSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilSoil Fertility Requirement:Fertile SoilUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
This is a garden tomato that will prolifically produce snack-sized tomatoes with truly fantastic taste. They grow large in the landscape, but when grown in a container they are more contained in size. They do need to be staked or caged to grow them successfully. This tomato will produce fruit for an extended period of time. If you are growing this plant in a container, a 14" diameter (5 gallon volume) is the minimum necessary size. The ideal size size would be a 16" to 20" (7-10 gallon) container. Be sure to provide support by using a tomato cage or other structure in the container.Maintenance Notes:
Seeds can be started indoors 5-6 weeks before the last frost in your area. Seeds should be planted about 1/8" into the soil then transplant the seedlings outdoors after all risk of frost has passed. You can also direct sow into your garden or pots outdoors after the threat of frost has passed. However, starting seeds indoors will give you a substantial head-start for harvesting your first tomatoes.
When germinating the seeds, be sure to keep the soil temperature at 75-90° until the seeds sprout. The temperatures can be decreased a bit once the plants are up and growing. The number of days to germination is 6-14.
Once the seedlings are a few inches tall and growing well, you may want to thin out the number of seedlings. One plant in a cell or pot would be ideal. If you are direct seeding into the ground, thin seedlings until they are 24 to 36 inches apart. Rows should be about 3 feet apart.
Once you transplant the seedlings, it will take about 65-70 days for the first fruits to ripen.
Bellini is best suited to be grown in large patio planters, garden beds and raised beds. The cocktail sized tomatoes that it produces are great in salads, are perfect for appetizers and can be used in cocktails as well. Tomatoes will do best with a minimum of 6 hours of direct sun a day, although the more sun you give them, the happier they are.
- Days to Germinate – 6-14 days
- Germination Rate - 94-99%
- Transplant to Harvest – 65-70 days
- Planting Depth – 1/8”
- Plant Spacing After Thinning – 24-30”
- Row Spacing – 36”
- Exposure – Full sun (6+ hours)