If you’re looking for scrumptious as well as unusual tomatoes, White Zinger grows in luscious trusses of luminescent ‘lemon yellow icicles,’ as one of our sweet Garden Campers announced last summer. A new variety from Cornell, we found White Zinger to be the favorite of all our tomatoes in 2023 for children to harvest, each fruit so darling as well as endearingly asymmetrical, straight out of a fairytale. Their abundance is pure delight and their length is delicious in salads as well as dipped in hummus, though most don’t make it out of the garden before finding their way to our mouths.
Here is where we must say: We’ve never seen a tomato like White Zinger both in fruit or plant habit! Their sprawling potato-leaf branches resist classic trellising, yet each succulent tomato is easy to harvest within their uniquely determinate 3 to 4 foot tall vines.
Again and again we are endlessly thankful for the millennia of indigenous seedkeepers who have laid the foundation of resilience and the public plant breeders creating extraordinary varieties adapted for our short seasons. A portion of every packet of Organic White Zinger cherry tomato goes back to Cornell University to ensure new varieties for our short seasons will continue to be bred to surround us with abundance beyond our lifetimes.
Planting Method: Transplant Only
When to sow: 6-8 weeks before last frost
Seed Depth: 1/8 inch Days to Germination: 7-10 at 80°F (27°C)
Sowing and seedling care: Don’t start too early! Sow indoors 2 seeds/cell or soil block, & thin to 1. We recommend sowing on a heat mat at 80°F to emergence, 75°F after. Good light is essential: Younger, less stressed seedlings are healthier and more abundant than older, more stressed seedlings. Pot up to 3-4” pots when first true leaves, submerging 3/4 of the stem below soil.
When to transplant: Harden off & transplant outdoors after frost, again burying stem.
Strong 3′ trellis optional but helpful. Water soil, not leaves. Prune lowest stem “suckers” as they emerge.
Transplant Spacing: 2.5 feet Sun Needs: Full
Days to Harvest: 65