Tomato 'Big Rainbow'

Lycopersicon lycopersicum

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: Big Rainbow
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 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:

Large (over one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:


Seed Type:

Family heirlooms


Fresh, salad

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Pelham, Alabama

Chico, California

Quartz Hill, California

Rocklin, California

San Luis Obispo, California

Denver, Colorado

Augusta, Georgia (2 reports)

Dacula, Georgia

Boise, Idaho

Madison, Illinois

Lexington, Kentucky

Enid, Oklahoma

Molalla, Oregon

Knoxville, Tennessee

Fort Worth, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Midvale, Utah

Spokane, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 9, 2014, Neckbone from Enid, OK wrote:

I am a first year gardener, that being said all the plants we decided to start with are doing very well and most are fruiting as expected. The only exception is the Big Rainbow, the plant is growing well, strong and is flowering but not one fruit yet. I have read a few promising comments about this being a "late bloomer" so I am very optimistic.


On Jul 31, 2012, idealpeggy from Lexington, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This did well at first but developed fusarium wilt after about a month. Really disappointing 'cause it was GOOD!


On Aug 5, 2009, csgarden from Roanoke, VA wrote:

I was so looking forward to having Big Rainbow tomatoes! The plants did poorly, along with Thessalonika, while 8 other varieties thrived and produced heavily. I will try again next year, because I love these tomatoes, but am very disappointed they didn't make it this year.


On Mar 7, 2009, dlbailey from Central Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is one of my favorite tomatoes, pretty and delicious. Big rainbow does take a long growing season. I didn't get ripe fruit until until August from plants put out in mid-April. They yielded pretty well even after a brutal summer (the Central Valley is not that kind to most heirloom cultivars) and survived some light frost.


On Sep 5, 2008, SLO_Garden from San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:

Big Rainbow produces lots of large, bi-colored tomatoes that look very attractive when sliced. The flavor is extremely subtle--sweet and fruity, with an almost perfume-like quality. For me BR was quite late to start producing, almost to the point where I thought that it wasn't going to do anything, but then it took off and started cranking out tons of tomatoes. I will grow again.


On Mar 7, 2008, drivenbonkers from Perth,, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

shoulders cracked badly, but fruits were large enough to cut off affected parts, and still have decent amount of fruit. very colourful (red,orange and yellow) and mild sweet taste.

definately invited back this year, see if the cracked shoulders are evironmental..


On Jul 13, 2006, passiflora_pink from Central, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Attractive tomato, medium size, somewhat bland in flavor.


On Nov 26, 2005, blameitonkarma from Lancaster, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant did quite well in the hot, dry California high desert. The tomatoes weren't huge, but they were very tasty and there were lots of them.


On Oct 5, 2005, pooklette from Janesville, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I grew these for the first time this year and I will definitely be growing them again next year! The plant showed no sign of disease at all. It is still giving me nice ripe tomatoes even in my weird zone 5 fall weather. The tomatoes were all VERY large and had a nice golden/red bicolor appearance with minimal cracking. They had a mild, slightly sweet flavor. All in all, I was pretty pleased with them.


On Jan 27, 2005, kristinmaria from Pittsburgh, PA wrote:

This is one of my favorite varieties! I have grown this for several seasons, obtaining seeds from various sources. Each slice is a work of art, deep golden yellow with dramatic splashes of bright red. It has few seeds, and has a rich, sweet flavor. The yields are not all that spectacular but the fruits are fairly large, beefsteak-type. I have never had any trouble with diseases.


On Nov 22, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

The seeds were secured from Burpee's Heirlooms. The tomato is round to to oblate, large and mottled orange. According to Carolyn Male's book, Big Rainbow is supposed to be a beefsteak , but the tomatoes on this series were about the size and shape of Better Boys. It grew and produced better than any bicolor that I have tried here in Georgia. Taste is not on a par with Mortgage Lifters or Belgium Gold, but adequate.