Growing yellow pear tomatoes

Growing Tomatoes in Containers: 5 Steps for Success

Tomatoes can make excellent container plants, provided that a few important criteria are met.

Choice of Type and Variety. Most cherry tomato varieties that are otherwise suited to your growing conditions will produce abundantly in containers in your zone. Many larger tomatoes will also do well in sizable pots or containers. For heirloom, indeterminate cherry varieties in containers, try Yellow Pear or Black Plum. For smaller containers try mini and grape determinate varieties such as Tiny Tim.

Yellow Pear tomato

Nutritional Needs. Tomatoes are heavy feeders. Provide ample compost and nutrients to tomatoes being grown in containers, especially indeterminate varieties that produce larger fruit.

Size of Containers. GardenZeus recommends 5-gallon nursery pots with at least 12-inch depth as a minimum size for most tomato varieties, with larger pots generally being better. Many indeterminate plum and slicing tomatoes perform reasonably well in larger containers. Vigorous indeterminate heirloom tomatoes, and most indeterminate hybrids, are best grown in the ground, in raised beds, or in very large containers, such as 24-inch planting boxes or trash-can-equivalent sizes. Note than trash cans and many containers you might consider using as planters for tomatoes, particularly metal containers and cans, may contain toxic metals that can be absorbed by plants so caution is needed when using found or adopted containers, particularly when growing food.

Containers allow you to move plants to follow seasonal changes in sun, to shaded areas during hot summers to warmer areas during winter, and to protected areas when necessary in response to winds or other environmental factors.

Watering Needs. Container plants are more sensitive to drying soil, especially in warm weather, which can reduce harvest quality and quantity, shorten the harvest period, and encourage problems . Soils may dry rapidly in containers, so monitoring and regular watering vegetables in containers is important. Pay close attention to soil moisture and frequency of irrigation, and be sure to water sufficiently to avoid any signs of wilting.

Tomatoes are susceptible to various problems that result from drying soil or from extreme fluctuation in soil moisture. Fruits may crack or develop blossom end rot easily when tomatoes are grown in containers, especially during warm-to-hot weather, so pay extra attention to irrigation or manual watering when growing tomatoes in containers. If you know you may have difficulty maintaining consistent soil moisture, consider using self-watering containers, which have trays or reservoirs of water under pots, and a wicking mechanism, such as cloth or soil tubes. These can be purchased or made yourself.

Soil needs. GardenZeus recommends a soil mix of at least 2/3 sand and topsoil when growing vegetables in containers, with some organic matter or compost. Potting soils with high proportions of organic matter tend to shrink and collapse over the course of a growing season as soil microbes and macro organisms like insects digest or decompose the organic matter, which results in falling soil levels that may cause stress to plants.

For further information about growing vegetables in containers, see GardenZeus Tips for Container Vegetable Gardening For further information about growing tomatoes, go to GardenZeus and enter your zip code, then go to plants and then tomato.

Other articles of interest:

The GardenZeus Guide to Starting Tomato Seeds

The GardenZeus Guide to Choosing the Best Tomato Varieties for Your Garden

Possibly the most popular yellow heirloom variety of tomato, the Yellow Pear gets its name from its color and shape. This variety dates back to the 1800s and is a vigorous indeterminate. It produces generously with an abundance of small, yellow pear-shaped tomatoes that are sweet, but mild in flavor. These are a popular table tomato and are relatively cold tolerant (for a tomato), giving them the ability to produce later into the fall than others might.

Best Soil for Tomatoes

All great tomato cultivation begins with the soil. It should be nutrient-rich, well-tilled, and soft. Yellow Pears are not particularly deep-rooted, so only 4-5 inches of depth is required to grow these beautiful little plants. Soil should be acidic at 5.0 to 6.0 pH for best results.

Compost and/or manure mixed in well with the soil in early spring (well before planting) is the optimum way to ensure vigorous plant and fruit growth.

Proper Care for Tomato Plants

Seedlings take two to three weeks to germinate (plant at about a 1/2-inch deep in starter pots or moss pellets). Thin well once the sprouts appear, choosing the most vigorous. In about two months, the starts will be 4 to 6 inches in height and ready for hardening and transplant. They can be kept for up to 10 weeks or so if required, however. Do not transplant until overnight temperatures are averaging 60F or higher for best starts.

Yellow Pears grow best in warm, sunny locations that get full sunlight. They should be at least 36 inches apart to allow a good spread.

Once in the soil, regular watering and at least two applications of balanced fertilizer should be given. Liquid fertilizer (i.e. compost tea) should be used, but side applications can be done with dry fertilizer. Organic mulch is a good idea for these tomatoes as it helps retain water and discourage weeds.

During the hottest part of the summer a shade cloth or similar protection may be needed, although if plenty of water is at hand (the soil is kept moist), this is not often a problem except in the hottest parts of the country. If the weather is particularly hot where you are, don’t be surprised if the plants appear to go dormant during the hottest month or two before bearing fruit.

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When to Harvest Yellow Pear Tomatoes

At the 70 to 80 day mark, tomatoes should be getting plump and ripe. Yellow Pears are ready when they are easily plucked from the vine and have no green whatsoever. Each batch ripens in stages over a 1-2 week period, with most plants providing tomatoes for up to two months after the initial harvest, depending on soil conditions and weather.

Saving Tomato Seeds

As with most heirlooms, seeds are easily kept from these lovely fruits. They should be left to over-ripen and become soft (on the vine is favored) and then picked, partially dried, then husked and cleaned. Allow the seeds to dry completely then store in a cool, dry place.

Yellow Pear Tomato Plant Pests and Diseases

Yellow Pears are resistant to most of the diseases that afflict tomatoes. They are susceptible to worms, caterpillars, and aphids, however. Some birds prize the yellow fruits as well. These can all be handled with simple counter-measures such as netting, soap sprays, and the like.

How to Serve Yellow Pear Tomatoes

Yellow Pears are most often served whole or sliced in half or quarters. Because they are not particularly flavor intense, but are sweet, juicy and beautiful, they are a delight at the table. They can be dried, though they are not as flavorful as other varieties. Many cooks prefer Yellow Pears as a garnish or salad topper to add bright color and subtle flavor.

Tips for Growing Yellow Pear Tomatoes

Other than the usual tomato requirements, the best thing to remember with these tomatoes is that they can thrive well into the fall, even in cold areas.

More Tomato Growing Resources:

NC State University – Commercial Production of Staked Tomatoes
Clemson University – Tomatoes

Yellow Pear Tomato Info – Tips On Yellow Pear Tomato Care

Learn about yellow pear tomatoes and you’ll be ready to grow a delightful new tomato variety in your vegetable garden. Choosing tomato varieties can be hard for a tomato lover with limited garden space, but this small, pear-shaped heirloom is a great option if you are looking for a quirky variety to eat fresh.

Yellow Pear Tomato Information

The yellow pear may be new to your garden this year, but it is an old, heirloom tomato. The name is descriptive, as this plant grows bright yellow tomatoes that are small and shaped like pears. They will grow to between one and two inches (2.5 to 5 cm.) in length when ripe.

In addition to being tasty, colorful, and perfect tomatoes for snacking and salads, yellow pear plants are also desirable because they are productive. You can expect to get a steady and abundant supply throughout the summer.

Growing Yellow Pear Tomato Plants

Understanding proper yellow pear tomato care will help you grow thriving and productive vines. Start with your soil and make sure it is rich, using compost or fertilizer to enrich it if necessary. The best results will come with slightly acidic soil. If you are starting your yellow pear tomato plants from seed, wait until they have grown four to six inches (10 to 15 cm.) tall and the danger of frost is gone before planting outside.

Put your plants in a sunny spot and give them plenty of space, about 36 inches (just under a meter) between each one. Water them regularly throughout the summer and provide fertilizer a couple of times. Use mulch to help retain water in the soil.

Yellow pear tomato plants are indeterminate, which means they grow quite long vines, up to eight feet (2.5 m.). Make sure you have some support prepared for your plants so they don’t lie on the ground where they could rot or be more susceptible to pests.

Expect to get ripe fruits ready to be picked about 70 or 80 days after starting your plants. The tomatoes are ready to harvest when they are completely yellow and easily come off the vine. Yellow pear tomato vines usually survive well into the fall, so expect to keep harvesting longer than you would with other varieties.

These are tomatoes that are best enjoyed fresh, so be prepared to eat them as you harvest them. Use the tomatoes in salads, in party vegetable trays, or just as a snack, right off the vine.

Yellow Pear Tomato Seeds – (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)

Yellow Pear Tomato – The Life of the Salad

Small waxy-yellow pear-shaped fruits with definite necks, 1.5 -2″ in diameter and a mild flavor. Very prolific and bears all season long.

The fruits have a delicate sweet taste that has been called “the life of the salad”. This is the same tomato your grandpa use to grow. A mild taste that kids love. Heat resistant.

First recorded in 1805 by the biologist Christiaan Hendrik Persoon. He was writing a book of all the plants he knew, and the yellow pear tomato made the list. It was first documented in North America in 1825 by the fur trading Hudson Bay Company. Since then, it’s been spreading around, remaining in gardeners’ hearts because of its heavy yield and mild tasting fruit.


Tomatoes were grown as a crop in Mexico and Peru in pre-Columbian times, but the early history of domestication is not well known (most likely in Mexico). In Europe, tomatoes were grown as ornamentals (thought to be poisonous) and became popular as a food only in the 18th century.


Raw or cooked the tomato is one of the most widely used and versatile foods from your garden. Use fresh in salads, sandwiches, and salsas. Cooked in sauces and stews. Can be stuffed, dried, puree, paste or powdered. The uses are endless!

Growing Tip

Tomatoes take about 3 – 4 months from direct seeding in the garden to start producing fruit; about 70 days from transplanting 6 – 8 week-old plants to start fruiting; and about 40-50 days from the flower opening to producing ripe fruit.

Tomatoes suffer more transplant shock than other vegetables, but you can minimize this by hardening them off for a week or two first. This means setting them outdoors in their pots in a protected place so that they get some warm sun, a little gentle wind, and even some cool (not freezing) nights. This will help them adjust to some of the stresses of real life before having their roots transplanted into the ground.

Tomatoes begin the ripening process by producing ethylene, a natural growth regulator, and releasing it. The fruit ripens from the inside out, meaning the center matures and turns red before the color reaches the outer skin. Faint white lines crossing each other at the bottom or blossom end of the fruit show that ripening has begun. Soon afterward, the blossom end starts turning pink – indicating ethylene is being produced. When the pink blush reaches the stem, the fruit is about 75% ripe. The pink color deepens to red, starting from the blossom end and working its way upward.

Harvest Tip

A tomato’s flavor increases as it ripens, due to the increased nutrients and sugars pumped into the fruit by the plant. For a home gardener, harvesting when there is just a touch of pink at the stem end or when the fruit is completely red gives the best flavor. The fruit will be fragile, won’t tolerate shipping and must be used or cooked within a few days to enjoy peak flavor.

Once the tomato is ripe, test by giving it a gentle pull or twist. If it slips easily from the vine – with little to no effort – it is ripe, juicy, and delicious!

Ripe tomatoes can be injured by cool temperatures and must be stored at room temperatures, never refrigerated to avoid chilling injury, which leaves pockmarks or pits on the skin leading to early rotting.

If you need to harvest early due to weather or the end of the season, those fruits with a pink blush at the blossom end will ripen with almost full flavor. Those with the faint white lines can still ripen but won’t have the full flavor.

Learn More

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  • Blossom End Rot – What To Do
  • Fermented Tomato Conserve
  • Sicilian Eggplant and Tomato Sauce

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Rick Ross Pears refers to a series of photoshopped parodies and Vine remix videos inspired by the quote”I eat pears and shit like that” originally said by the American hip hop artist while talking about his recent weight-loss efforts during an interview with Tim Westwood in 2014.


The interview with Rick Ross was conducted by English DJ and TV presenter Tim Westwood in the backstage during the rapper’s European tour concert in Camden, London on May 18th, 2014. In the interview, Ross addressed different ways in which he has been trying to lose his weight, including his self-branded fitness program RossFit, a spin-off of the popular Crossfit regimen, but most notably, he highlighted eating pears as his main change in diet habits. on May 21st, the footage was subsequently uploaded to Tim Westwood’s YouTube channel (shown below).

On October 18th, 2014, Vine user Willyjoy posted a video clip highlighting Rick Ross’ quote “i eat pears and shit like that, shoutout to all the pears” from the interview, racking up more than 24.1 million views, 218,100 likes and 180,900 shares in the following two months. That same day, Willyjoy’s Vine clip was re-uploaded as a video by Spencer Mutsch to YouTube, where it gathered nearly 540,000 views and 3,731 likes within the same time period. Meanwhile, Tim Westwood’s original interview video also drew several hundreds of thousands of views on piggyback through the popularity of the Vine clip.

“I eat pears and now shit like that. A shoutout to all the pear.”


Following the viral takeoff of the quote in October 2014, a number of parody videos began to surface under the hashtags #RickRoss and #Pears, many of which sampled Ross’ enunciation of the word “pear” and the memorable quote “shoutout to all the pears,” along with fitting tunes of well-known hip hop songs. On November 9th, YouTuber Dirkaz posted a trap-themed remix featuring Ross’ quotes from the interview (shown below), followed by BuzzFeed’s compilation of notable remixes in a post titled “People Can’t Stop Making Vines About Rick Ross Eating Pears” and published on November 11th.

On November 12th, Vine Trends Compilations highlighted a video compilation of “Rick Ross Pears” clips on their YouTube channel, where it garnered more than 640,000 views in just over a month (shown below, right. On November 25th, yet another compilation of “Rick Ross Pears” Vine clips was submitted to YouTube by Vine Trends (shown below, right)

Notable Examples

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External References

Vine – shout out to all the pear

Youtube – shout out to all the pear

Buzzfeed – People Can’t Stop Making Vines About Rick Ross Eating Pears

11.21.14 3:42 PM EDT By Mary Beth [email protected]

all the pear shoutout to all the pear Rick Ross pears vine


While you might not have seen a Vine from last month wherein rapper Rick Ross praises the pear for its contribution to his recent weight loss, sending a shoutout to “all the pear,” there’s one group that pays close attention to all things pear, and it is pretty darn excited that such a cool guy is talking about the fruit.

Modern Farmer says that while a USA Pears spokesperson says there hasn’t yet been an uptick in sales from Ross’ endorsement — shoppers often react to trendy products in pop culture by running out to buy them — the group is pleased as punch by the fact that it’s social media impressions are on the rise. Since the Vine was first posted, Ross’ fans have been touting the power of the pear and giving USA Pears props on Twitter especially, with people competing to outdo Ross’ show of affection.

Getting young, cool people to pay attention? It’s a marketing dream.

“On behalf of our 1,600 pear growers from the Northwest region, we are pleased that Rick has mentioned the health benefits of pears,” the USA Pears spokesperson told Modern Farmer. “Overall, we could not be more pleased with our message being delivered to a new, young and hip demographic.”

Your move, prunes.

Here’s the Vine (turn sound on at the bottom), but spoiler alert — Ross says a naughty word:

Shoutout to All The Pear: U.S. Pear Farmers Thankful to Rick Ross

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