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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Variegated'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegated
Additional cultivar information: (aka Splash of Cream)

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11 members have or want this plant for trade.

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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1 positive
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 3, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This Irish heirloom comes true from seed.

Neutral tropicalaria On Sep 7, 2006, tropicalaria from Tri-Cities, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a beautiful plant in the spring with all of the bright white variegation, but the patterns disappeared in the summer and it was indistinguishable (without looking at it up close) from the other tomatoes by July. We do have hot summers, which is probably to blame. Fruit was so-so. Small, mild, and cracked very easily. It is remarkable that the variegation consistently comes true from seed.

Neutral Suze_ On Jan 18, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

The correct name for this one is 'Varigated'. 'Splash of Cream' is a renaming.

Positive Windchyme On Jun 29, 2005, Windchyme from Stockton, CA wrote:

Pretty white and green leaves, grows as well as any other tomato- even better. Does quite well in hot weather (though the variegation lessens as the temps increase over 80 degrees), and now, apparently, also resistant to cooler temps with light frosts.

Still green, lush and STILL growing like a weed in the middle of December after several frosts. It is in a south-facing location with sheltering house walls on the west and north sides of the plant. I will update if it makes it to spring alive and well (and needing to be pruned back before it completely takes over the house).

This is a beautiful tomato plant, and the fruit, while not as good tasting as some heirlooms, is still a heck of a lot better then store tomatoes. I intend to use this plant for dual purpose as landscape and as food. I also intend to take a cutting or two from it and over-winter it in my house as a houseplant, if it will cooperate.

I have been told that this plant has been grown in Europe for some time and just never effectively made it into the US. This plant came from a friend who was given some seeds from a friend of hers.

This is a monster plant given the correct conditions and care- as of the middle of December, it is 10-12 feet tall, being held in a cage that is 6 foot tall. It is taking over the two cages of the dead cherry tomatoes next to it. It is as easy to grow as any other tomato- no special fussiness here.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Ione, California
Stockton, California
Traverse City, Michigan
Belton, Texas
Manassas, Virginia
Richland, Washington

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