Tomato, Missouri Pink Love Apple

Solanum lycopersicum
$2.99 to $9.75
SKU: 0117A
  • Organic
  • Pink beefsteak tomatoes grow with 1-3 fruits per cluster
  • Slightly sweet flavor
  • Flesh has a juicy, meaty texture
  • Indeterminate - Fruit ripens throughout the season
  • 75-85 days from transplant
$2.99 to $9.75

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SSE member Ron Thuma of Kansas received this variety in 1992 from George and Bessie Jennings of Waverly, Kansas. They claimed that their ancestor “Grandpa Barnes” grew the variety during the 1860s but only as an ornamental plant—he thought tomatoes were poisonous. The pink beefsteak tomato is slightly sweet with a juicy, meaty texture and has 1-3 fruit per cluster. Indeterminate, 75-85 days from transplant.

Learn to Grow it

You should start plants indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date for transplanting them into the garden. Plant them outdoors 2-4 weeks after your last expected frost.

Plant your seeds 1/4-1/2 in. deep in soil trays or pots. Transfer them to 3-4 in. pots when their true leaves appear. When transplanting, bury seedlings up the stems up to their leaves.

Make sure that your soil is well fertilized as this crop is a heavy feeder and takes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Consider adding compost to the soil the year before you plant.

These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F. You should avoid watering them from above as damp leaves may be susceptible to disease.