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Purple Bumble Bee Tomato (Organic 70 Days)

A movement to create tomatoes with the complex flavor, texture, and beauty of heirlooms is on the rise, giving us the ability to trial and offer some stellar new varieties to you each season. In the past two years, we have grown the Bumblebee Series, from Artisan Seeds™ with great success. Coming in three different colors, each is traditional spherical cherry types, 1 ½”, with their own delicious distinctive flavor, all are very productive and hold up well to cracking. Try one or all varieties, we couldn't decide which one we like best so we thought we would offer them all to you to see for yourself.    

Purple red with metallic green stripes, straight-up tomato flavor.

10 seeds

Purple Bumble Bee Tomato (Organic 70 Days)


Solanum lycopersicum


Germination: 7-14 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF.

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/4” deep

Starting Indoors: 6 weeks before the last frost. Provide 75-80ºF soil temperatures. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot, thin to the strongest seedling, or use the 20 Row seedling flat, transplanting into individual pots when seedlings get their 3rd set of leaves. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water-soluble fertilizer, diluted to ¼ of the suggested measurement. Transplant out after the last frost. Space 24-36" apart

Sowing Outdoors: Only in areas with very long growing seasons. Sow after the last frost. 

Harvest: When fruit is red (or color of the variety planted) and firm.

Tips: Plant in fertile soil, amended with compost, mulch, and provide even moisture. Plant deeper than they were growing in the containers as it makes a stronger roots system. Apply a light compost tea every few weeks. Do not apply excessive nitrogen, which can promote excessive foliage and poor fruit set.

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David J. Vanness
United States United States
I recommend this product

Beautiful and delicious

Best germinator and producer in my tomato garden this year. Prolific fruit - somewhat varied in size for a cherry tomato. Some fruits must have merged after pollination - a few were the size of 2-3 large cherries and would have counted as a small full-size tomato! Early and sustained fruit production - first ripened in mid-July in Central PA. Very dense, fleshy. Firm - just bordering on tough skin; probably would transport well. Flavor reminded me of a mini large barred boar. Dark, fruity, jammy - not overly sweet. When roasted, they are almost prune-like in texture and flavor. Delicious. Would absolutely buy again.

Anne B.
United States United States
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United States United States
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Seed purchase

Always happy with Pinetree Seeds becase they allow me to purchase smaller amounts of seeds for a lower price. I only need a few seeds for many vegetables, not a Hundred or more with some companies. Good seeds with excellent germination rates.

Tulsa, OK (7a)

Prolific, hardy and beautiful

Absolutely my best cherry tomato this year, it is a foot taller than all of my other tomato plants! Indeterminate habit but very upright, it’s been easy to grow against a cattle panel. It was the second to set and ripen fruit (despite the fruits being twice the size of the tiny cherries that ripened first), and has been impervious to physiological leaf roll and leaf yellowing during our early heat and dry spells this year. The color is absolutely gorgeous—these are ripe when the green stripes lose their metallic look. Lovely, rich flavor. Definitely growing these again and again!

N J.

Great flavor

Loved this variety. Was tough at 1st knowing when they were ready to pick, but they had a very deep tomato flavor & really sweet. Will plant them again this year