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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Austin's Red Pear'

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: Austin's Red Pear

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
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:
Small (grape/cherry varieties)

Days to Maturity:
Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, salad

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral DrDoolotz On Jul 25, 2005, DrDoolotz from Oxford, NS (Zone 5b) wrote:

I grew this for the first time in 2005. I like it, but the flavour is a little lacking in my opinion. I would prefer a stronger taste. The plants are vigorous and there are large clusters of fruit. I grew this variety from seed, purchased from Seed Savers. Their catalogue describes this tomato as follows: "A real standout among all of Seed Saverís red pears. Extra large 2" red tomatoes with excellent flavor. Very productive; occasionally a plant with yellow fruit appears. Indeterminate, 80 days from transplant."

I didn't have any yellow fruit on the 4 plants that I grew this year.

This is definitely a larger red pear than the average "cherry" size of red pear. As the Seed Savers description states, at least 2" long, some of mine are longer.


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

Urbandale, Iowa

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