Thai Pink Egg Care: What Is A Thai Pink Egg Tomato Plant
By: Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer
With so many unique varieties of fruits and vegetables on the market these days, growing edibles as ornamental plants has become quite popular. There is no law that states all fruit and vegetables need to be planted in tidy rows in grid-like gardens. Colorful little peppers can add interest to container designs, blue or purple colored pea pods can adorn fences and arbors, and large bushy tomatoes with unique fruit can replace an overgrown, boring shrub.
As you thumb through seed catalogs in the fall and winter, consider trying some vegetable varieties that have ornamental value, such as Thai Pink Egg tomatoes. What is a Thai Pink Egg tomato?
Thai Pink Egg Tomato Info
As its name implies, Thai Pink Egg tomatoes originate in Thailand where they are valued for their appearance just as much as their sweet, juicy fruit. This dense, bushy tomato plant can grow 5-7 feet (1.5 to 2 m.) tall, oftentimes needing the support of stakes, and produces prolific clusters of grape to small egg-sized tomatoes.
When the fruits are young, they may be a light green to pearl white color. However, as the tomatoes mature, they turn a pearly pink to light red. In mid to late summer, the prolific display of small pink egg-like tomatoes makes a stunning ornamental display for the landscape.
Not only are Thai Pink Egg tomato plants lovely specimens, but the fruit they produce is described as juicy and sweet. They can be used in salads, as a snacking tomato, roasted or made into a pink to light red tomato paste.
Thai Pink Egg tomatoes should be harvested when fully ripe for best flavor. Unlike other cherry tomatoes, Thai Pink Egg tomatoes do not split open or crack as they mature. The fruit from Thai Pink Egg tomato plants is best when eaten fresh, but the tomatoes do keep very well.
Growing Thai Pink Tomatoes
Thai Pink Egg tomatoes have the same growth and care requirements as any other tomato plant. However, they are known to have higher water needs than other tomatoes, and grow better in areas with a lot of precipitation.
Thai Pink Egg tomatoes are also reportedly more resistant to common tomato diseases than other varieties. When watered adequately, this tomato variety is also extremely heat tolerant.
With 70-75 days until maturity, Thai Pink Egg tomato seeds can be started indoors 6 weeks before your region’s last frost. When plants are about 6 inches (15 cm.) tall, they can be hardened off and planted outdoors as an ornamental edible.
Tomato plants are generally planted deeply in gardens to promote a deep, vigorous root structure. All tomatoes require regular fertilizing, and Thai Pink Egg tomatoes are no exception. Use a 5-10-10 or 10-10-10 fertilizer for vegetables or tomatoes 2-3 times throughout the growing season.
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How To Grow Thai basil? 6 Simple Steps
Sweet Thai basil can be grown from seeds or cuttings. Doing the latter is relatively easy and also helps you prevent crossing with other basils. This type is great when you want to preserve some of the more unusual varieties of basils.
To grow a Thai basil perennial from a cutting, do the following:
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Many factors can affect the height of tomato plants including soil type, time of year, watering etc. The main factor however, is whether the tomato is determinate or indeterminate.
Determinate tomatoes are also commonly described as 'bush' types and usually grow between 90 and 120 cm. There are also new compact hybrids developed to be 'space saving'.
Indeterminate tomatoes are also commonly described as 'climbing' types and usually grow between 1.8 and 2.4m. They generally need staking. Most open-pollinated, heirloom tomatoes are indeterminate.
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To Prune Or Not To Prune?
Pruning tomatoes is a traditional practice for many gardeners but is it really necessary or even beneficial?
First of all, it is mainly indeterminate varieties that need pruning. As indeterminate varieties include most heirlooms and cherry tomatoes and this is actually what most home gardeners are growing then it follows that this discussion is intended for home gardeners and not commercial production.
The next point to take into account is how you intend to support your tomato plants. If you use tomato stakes then the plants will definitely require close attention to pruning. The plants will simply get too large to be tied to a single stake and it best to prune often and only allow 2 leaders (main stems) to develop.
If you plan to use tomato cages than you can allow 2-5 leaders to develop and just prune off anything that escapes the cage.
This type of pruning removes the additional shoots (suckers) that form at the leaf axils to limit the number of stems the tomato plant has.
Pros and cons of sucker pruning:
- Pruning may produce bigger fruit but less of them. Research and comparison trials have demonstrated that pruned plants are not more productive although this claim is often made.
- Pruning will produce fruit earlier.
- Pruning may cause the fruit to be more prone to sunburn if there is not sufficient leaf cover, this is a significant problem in most areas of Australia.
- It requires constant effort by the gardener.
There are 2 other forms of pruning, both of which are recommended for all types of tomatoes:
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