Bradley Tomato Seeds

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Bradley (80 days) Bred in 1961 by the University of Arkansas

Very rare and hard to find these days, Bradley is a short, bushy, semi-determinate tomato plant.  Amazing abundant production of rounded fruit that is red skinned, juicy, resists cracking and holds well on the plant.  Excellent slicer. 

The flavor has been described as "very soft and sweet".   A Dave's Garden blogger wrote "This was one of Erika's favorites last year as far as taste was concerned.  If I had to describe the taste I would say that it had plenty of acid as well as plenty of sugar. The taste of Bradley seems to be more sensitive than other varieties to the amount of water it receives: more water=less taste.  But with our dry hot summers it is a real standout."

1967 Burrell Seed Growers Catalog says about Bradley...
"A pink variety developed by the University of Arkansas combining resistance to Fusarium wilt and to radial cracking.  It is a cross of Gulf state market and Pink Shipper; outyields both parents.  Deep globe shape, high in slicing quality and mild flavor rivaling the old "Beefsteak" variety.  Plants are compact, semi-determinate and give good fruit coverage.  Best adapted for staked growing and used fresh market or home gardens."

Bradley will generally ripen at the same time making this an excellent canning tomato.

Bradley will set fruit in the hot humid south and has excellent disease resistance. 

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¼" - ½" 250-300 70-85 6-9 60" 18-36" 75 lb. Full

Planting Tips for Heirloom Tomatoes:

Most gardeners want to get the most out of these delicious heirloom tomatoes and therefore give them a head start on the growing season.  Start these vegetable seeds indoors in sterile potting mix, being sure to keep the temperature above 70 degrees.  Some people prefer to use a grow pad, but the top of the fridge has been known to be quite effective as well. 

Once the first true leaves appear on your tomato seedlings, transplant into 4" pots until you have completely hardened them off in the garden.  Hardening is a process of exposing the plants more and more to outside temperature until they are hardy enough to tolerate a complete outdoor move.  Generally speaking, by early summer heirloom tomatoes should be transplated into the garden.

Most heirloom varieties are quite productive and will greatly benefit from sturdy supports.  It may also be advisable to add blood and bone meal to the worked soil to help ensure healthy productive heirloom tomatoes.

Seed Care tips for Heirloom Tomato Seeds:

Heirloom seeds are hardy, but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.


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