Solar Fire Tomato
Light: Full sun Fruit size: 8 to 10 oz Matures: 75 days Plant spacing: 24 to 36 inches apart Plant size: 4 to 5 feet tall Plant type: determinate No, it’s not a hot tomato, but if you need a tomato that can set fruit in summer’s heat, try Solar Fire. Known for bearing heavy... Read more »

Solar Fire Tomato

4.00 out of 5 based on 15 customer ratings
(17 customer reviews)

  • Light: Full sun
  • Fruit size: 8 to 10 oz
  • Matures: 75 days
  • Plant spacing: 24 to 36 inches apart
  • Plant size: 4 to 5 feet tall
  • Plant type: determinate

No, it’s not a hot tomato, but if you need a tomato that can set fruit in summer’s heat, try Solar Fire. Known for bearing heavy loads of medium-sized red tomatoes, Solar Fire can be planted in spring or at midseason to extend the harvest into fall. Resistant to fusarium races 1, 2, and 3, as well as gray-leaf spot, it has what is needed to get through the dog days. If the season is rainy, Solar Fire resists cracking to assure a good harvest. You’€™ll see this variety on our shelves a little later in the planting season as heat becomes an issue with tomatoes.

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15 reviews for Solar Fire Tomato

  1. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    This tomato is the first ones that I could grow and produce in Tucson. Other varieties would not set due to cool nights and hot days. This plant grows well and production has been excellent. The only thing I do to help this plant deal with the intense sun is to make a shade for it using a frame covered with solar screen material. The tomatoes are excellent!

  2. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    I hope these are available for early planting this coming year.

    Did a blind taste test several years ago and this was an overwhelming favorite, being flavorful and non-mealy. It also performed well in AL summer heat.

  3. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    I live in a rural area of Northern AZ and the plant selection at “the store” in town is limited to say the least. I had never heard of a Solar Flare tomato, I just grabbed a healthy looking plant. I usually grow cherry type tomatoes for the family because I have trouble growing regular tomatoes.

    Initially, I was worried because the plant was slow starting. When it did start producing, the fruit were beautiful and large. I don’t eat tomatoes, but my family LOVED them. My kids liked them enough to go wait for others to get ripe and my husband was so pleased to be able to have a sliceable sized tomato. They indicated that they were the best tomatoes they had ever tasted. They did not touch any of the other cherry plants, which lay frozen and coved in fruit now. I have been instructed by all to not bother with other types of tomatoes next spring.

    I just hope I will be able to find more of these plants when it is time to plant.

  4. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    I had been unable to get any varieties I was previously successful with (in other locales) to thrive in our Simi Valley, CA garden. This tomato changed that in a serious way. I planted one with a host of other varieties in Spring 2013. It not only outperformed the others (all long gone now), but has continued to provide tasty, homegrown tomatoes – through the winter and to this day. I am almost afraid to plant more as we have been barely able to keep up with the production of this one plant!

  5. Taste:
    4 out of 5

    Yield:
    4 out of 5

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    I am growing this variety for the first time in hydroponics and full sun outside. I have had some Blossom End Rot issues and mild splitting with this plant and since it is in hydroponics the BER was a calcium issue the other variety planted in the barrel did not have this issue. I have been harvesting large produce the largest to date 29oz. a very meaty and tasty variety. I would grow it again. I am using General Hydroponic Gro, Mirco and Bloom nutrients.

  6. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    4 out of 5

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    I originally bought this tomato last year for mid-season planting in Texas, and it underwhelmed me. No harvestable fruit the first year, and I did not replant this year, instead trying Marion, Homestead and Roma. However, I did have 3-4 volunteer plants this year from fallen or pest-eaten fruit and these volunteers have completely changed my opinion of the variety. The single plant I had space for is now over 6 feet tall, bearing so much fruit I’m hard pressed to keep it trimmed and supported! Where the Homestead is cracking and catfacing, and the Roma is being eaten alive by stinkbugs, this plant is quietly filling my buckets with perfect tomatoes. I do pull the tomatoes green and ripen them inside, but this hasn’t stopped them from being a great snacking tomato.

    Perhaps it was the unusual amount of rain we’ve gotten this year that gave them a boost, but despite initial dislike, I highly recommend this tomato.

  7. Taste:
    0 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    My Solar tomatoes are in a 5 gallon bucket and there are 20 on one plant and they are quite large! One will fit just right atop a burger. Haven’t had any get ripe yet but it’s July 1st tomorrow & they should start turning soon. Live in Oklahoma and temp in upper 90’s.

  8. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    0 out of 5

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    I planted the Solar plant in a 5 gallon bucket on my patio. Have about 6 quarter inch holes in bottom. The plant currently had 20 tomatoes all of which are quite large! Tomorrow is July 1 and temps herein Okla are upper 90’s right now. The tomatoes are flawless just waiting for them to ripen. Def will buy again next year!

  9. Taste:
    1 out of 5

    Yield:
    1 out of 5

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    The flowers are dying without setting fruit. The plant is 4 months old with only 3 tomato’s on it. I bought these because they are for hot weather. I live in Gainesville florida. Won’t buy these plants again. This was a big waste of time and energy.

  10. Taste:
    1 out of 5

    Yield:
    1 out of 5

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    I live in Arizona. Solar Fire did not live up to the hype. This was planted in April and as of mid-June there are only 3 small, green tomatoes that have have done nothing. I am hoping to keep the plant alive for a fall harvest. It’s difficult to judge the taste of a tomato that hasn’t yet produced fruit.

  11. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    These were the BEST tomatoes we’ve ever grown!! They had the best flavor, best yield, no cracking, bugs/worms didn’t seem to like them, thin skin, delicious through and through! The only disappointment was that it’s not offered this early (March) in the season – I’ve checked two different big distributors. I’ll try again mid summer and replant. They lasted until our huge freeze in mid-Febuary with minimal plant covering to protect from frost.

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    Summer of 2014 was the first year for growing these amazing tomatoes…

    I’ve tried just about every single tomato that Bonnie delivers and this and the Juliette were the first ones that I longed to eat. I grew up in Niagara Falls – the fruit belt of Ontario. Every Summer, the farmers would load their trucks with the day’s pickings and mum would always buy bushel baskets of tomatoes…

    I was always looking for tomatoes that reminded me of the ones I’d had in my childhood and, until now, none ever did. I never intentionally purchase determinate plants and didn’t realize that Solar Fire is so, I didn’t properly plant it… too close to my other tomatoes and I did not provide enough support to this stocky plant.

    The plants grew so fast and so huge that the stocks broke – MY FAULT… The tomatoes were ready before most of the other types I’d planted. The fruits were ginormous, the skins thin and the flesh tender and juicy…In the past, I’ve purchased at least 6 new varieties each year…. Summer of 2015, we will only be planting Solar Fire and Juliette…

    I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    Best tomato ever!: I just loved them! Excellent for our hot weather! Looking to buy seeds because I could find any locally last year!!

  14. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    its my 1st year growing tomatos . : i grew 5 types of tomato this year. 1st year growing them. love them not a lot of care needed and i let them spread out like most ppl . stake when tomatos almost hit ground. have 16 on 2.5 foot tall plant most at harvest has been 6 to 8 oz. i plan on cloning 5 more next year.

  15. Taste:
    1 out of 5

    Yield:
    1 out of 5

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    Doesn't grow: I bought this because it was advertised as heat resistant. It was already potted in a caged pot and had blooms on it when I bought it (in late April). I fertilize the plant regularly and I water twice daily, ensuring that the soil stays moist, however this plant hasn't done anything. The initial blooms dried up and died and now half the plant is dried leaves and flowers. The only thing that looks healthy on this plant is the stalk and the soil. Very disappointed.

  16. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    Solar Fire is the best tomato I've grown: These tomatoes are easy to grow and yield lots of fruit. They are very meaty and are absolutely delicious. My brother said “this is the best tomato I've ever had!”

  17. Taste:
    3 out of 5

    Yield:
    1 out of 5

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    Low yeild,does not grow tall like other tomato plants: Be sure to strategically place this plant if planting it with other tomato plants as it does not grow very tall, the 3 I planted only got to about 2 1/2 feet. I did not expect this so 2 of the 3 got shaded by the nearby tomato plants, but that didn't matter, the one that got full sun was still short and yielded only a few tomatoes. All the other Bonnie Plants had a good to very good yield. Disappointed in this variety.

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