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Patio hybrid is excellent for containers and small gardens, bearing tasty 3 to 4 oz tomatoes on strong, compact plants that grow only 2 feet tall. The stout stems generally do not need much staking at first, but it won't hurt to have stake or small cage to keep them upright in wind and rain, especially when loaded with fruit. This little plant is surprisingly productive. In our Alabama test garden, where growing conditions are very good, it yields 50 or more tomatoes per plant over an 8-week harvest period. Perfect for containers. Patio is resistant to fusarium wilt (F), alternaria stem canker (A), and gray leaf spot (St). Widely adapted throughout the US.
This variety is available at retailers only.
How to Grow
Learn how to grow tomatoes. Get tips about growing tomatoes in the ground, raised beds, or containers. Care for tomato plants from planting to harvesting.View Growing Tomatoes Guide
Take each individual bonnie plant out of the box before carefully opening each individual plant’s packaging. Be cautious of soil that may have shifted during transportation.
Check the Soil
Your plants were watered right before shipping, but they may have become thirsty during travel. If the soil is dry to the touch, give your plants a good drink before planting.
Let your plants get used to their new environment. Set them in a warm, sunny spot for 34 to 48 hours so they can recover from their trip before being planted.
1. Location, location
Find the right spot for your plant. Check each plant’s tag for information on how much sun your plan’s need. Growing tip: if your plant needs full sun, a south-facing area will give you the most sunlight. If your plan can grow in part shade, an east or west-facing window might be enough.
2. Soil & drainage
Making sure your container has holes to allow excess water to drain is vital to your plant’s health! We recommend planting your Bonnie Plant in Miracle-Gro Potting Mix for containers, or Miracle-Gro Garden Soil for planting in ground.
3. Hungry plants
Feeding your plants is one of the best ways to improve your plant’s health and maximize your harvest. We recommend feeding with Miracle-Gro plant food when you transplant, and feeding regularly following label directions for best results.
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Where do my Bonnie Plants® come from?
Not far from where you are! We have over 70 growing stations spread across the country, so our plants don’t have to travel far to make it to your garden. That means less time spent in transit, which is better for the plants and for the planet, too. What’s more, each growing station grows varieties that tend to perform well in that particular region, so you don’t have to wonder whether the Bonnie veggies and herbs you buy are suitable for the area you live in.
Does Bonnie sell GMO plants?
No. Every plant we sell is grown from non-GMO seed.
How do I know if a plant is suitable to grow in my area?
Most of the vegetable and herb plants we sell on this site can be grown outdoors throughout the Continental US - however it is important to transplant your starter plant at the right time based on the weather and climate in your area.
Many of our herb plants can also be grown indoors so long as you have sufficient light and water. If you grow herbs indoors, you will still need to transplant your herb plants into properly sized containers with added potting mix.
What is a USDA Hardiness Zone?
The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.
To learn more, visit https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/
How do I care for my plants once I receive them?
Your plant will come with both a care sheet and a plant tag, which gives you information on plant spacing, watering, sunlight and other important considerations to get you started.
Bonnie also has in-depth "How to Grow" guides available here.
How often do I need to water my plants?
A good rule of thumb is an inch of water per week, either by rain or watering; in arid climates, double that. In hot weather, vegetables need even more water, up to about a half an inch extra per week for every 10 degrees that the average temperature is above 60 degrees. You can measure an inch of water by putting a rain gauge or other container under your sprinkler, soaker, drip, or other watering system. You’ve applied an inch of water when the vessel collects water an inch deep. Container gardens may need to be watered more frequently than in-ground garden beds, so check the soil each day and add water if the top inch or so of potting soil is dry.
Yellow Scotch Bonnet Hot Pepper (2 Pack)
Create a Caribbean vibe in your kitchen! Yellow Scotch Bonnet Hot Pepper hails from Jamaica, land of reggae and beautiful beaches, and now you can grow your own secret ingredient to create delicious Caribbean-inspired jerk chicken for a Jamaican-themed staycation. A cousin of the habanero, this pepper has a distinctive sweet-heat flavor and thick walls, making it perfect for the long cooking times needed to create jerks and curries. The fruit’s name originates from its shape, which looks like a Scotsman’s bonnet. The plant reaches 24 to 36 inches tall and grows beautifully in garden beds or containers. Adding a cage to your pepper plant helps support stems when heavy with fruit. Hybrid. Place in full sun and feed regularly. Scoville heat units: 100,000 to 350,000. Wear gloves when handling fruit. Matures in 80 to 90 days.
Ponchi Mi Tomato (2 Pack)
Imagine growing tasty, healthy snacks right on your kitchen counter or sunny windowsill! Part of the Bonnie® Reserve Collection, the Ponchi Mi Tomato takes garden-to-table meals to the next level. The petite, compact plant grows beautifully in well-lit, small spaces, producing terrific harvests of sweet, bright-red fruit that’s easily grown, harvested, and enjoyed indoors or out. The clearly-visible fruit grows on top of the plant, making a pretty addition to indoor décor or balcony planters, as well as a convenient, flavorful ingredient in your favorite meals. Easy to grow and disease resistant. The plant grows only 6 inches tall, so no need for supports. Great for containers or planted in the garden, too. Place in full sun and feed regularly. Matures in 56 to 63 days. *Image Credit: Ponchi™ F1- Mi © Prudac
Apocalypse Red Pepper (2 Pack)
Are you ready to taste the heat of 1,000 suns? That’s how pepper connoisseurs describe Apocalypse Red Hot Pepper. Developed by growers in Italy, this fiery beauty adds a whole lot of heat to your favorite recipes. Considered one of the world’s hottest peppers, it’s not for timid palates! The plant produces abundant red fruit with the signature scorpion stinger. The fruity flavor tastes terrific used fresh in recipes—if you can handle it!—or add just a bit to sauces or meat dishes for a serious spark of flavor. The plant reaches approximately 4 feet tall and grows beautifully in garden beds or containers. Adding a cage to your pepper plant helps support stems when heavy with fruit. Hybrid. Place in full sun and feed regularly. Scoville heat units: 1,463,700. Wear gloves and protect eTrue when handling fruit. Matures in 90 to 120 days.