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Tempting Tomatoes® Bellini Cocktail Tomato Solanum lycopersicum

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Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
3'6" 2'6" 1.1m 76cm
Height: 2'6" - 3'6"
Spread: 2' - 2'6"
Height: 76cm - 1.1m
Spread: 61cm - 76cm
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  • Details

    30 - 42 Inches
    24 - 30 Inches
    24 - 30 Inches
    76cm - 1.1m
    61cm - 76cm
    61cm - 76cm


    You can grow this! Bellini is a super easy, rewarding tomato. You’ll be glowing with pride when you harvest the long clusters of bright orange, large cocktail-sized tomatoes from summer into fall on this indeterminate variety. A high sugar, low acid balance gives the fruit amazing flavor, and resistance to cracking and disease ensure your success.


    Taxonomists recently changed the the genus and species for tomatoes.  Lycopersicon esculentum has changed to Solanum lycopersicum.

    Heat Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    30 - 42 Inches 76cm - 1.1m
    24 - 30 Inches 61cm - 76cm
    24 - 30 Inches 61cm - 76cm
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Yellow - not grown for flowers
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Deep Green
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Spring
    Hardiness Zones: 
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Fertile Soil
    Uses Notes: 

    This is a garden tomato that will prolifically produce snack-sized tomatoes with truly fantastic taste.  They grow large in the landscape, but when grown in a container they are more contained in size.  They do need to be staked or caged to grow them successfully.  This tomato will produce fruit for an extended period of time. If you are growing this plant in a container, a 14" diameter (5 gallon volume) is the minimum necessary size. The ideal size size would be a 16" to 20" (7-10 gallon) container. Be sure to provide support by using a tomato cage or other structure in the container.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Seeds can be started indoors 5-6 weeks before the last frost in your area. Seeds should be planted about 1/8" into the soil then transplant the seedlings outdoors after all risk of frost has passed. You can also direct sow into your garden or pots outdoors after the threat of frost has passed. However, starting seeds indoors will give you a substantial head-start for harvesting your first tomatoes.

    When germinating the seeds, be sure to keep the soil temperature at 75-90° until the seeds sprout. The temperatures can be decreased a bit once the plants are up and growing. The number of days to germination is 6-14.

    Once the seedlings are a few inches tall and growing well, you may want to thin out the number of seedlings. One plant in a cell or pot would be ideal.  If you are direct seeding into the ground, thin seedlings until they are 24 to 36 inches apart. Rows should be about 3 feet apart.

    Once you transplant the seedlings, it will take about 65-70 days for the first fruits to ripen.

    Bellini is best suited to be grown in large patio planters, garden beds and raised beds. The cocktail sized tomatoes that it produces are great in salads, are perfect for appetizers and can be used in cocktails as well. Tomatoes will do best with a minimum of 6 hours of direct sun a day, although the more sun you give them, the happier they are.

    The basics:

    • Days to Germinate – 6-14 days
    • Germination Rate - 94-99%
    • Transplant to Harvest – 65-70 days
    • Planting Depth – 1/8”
    • Plant Spacing After Thinning – 24-30”
    • Row Spacing – 36”
    • Exposure – Full sun (6+ hours)
  • 2 Reviews

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    • Grew this tomato for the first time this year. Very productive and sweet. Will definitely grow again next year.

      David Anderson
      , 2 years ago
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