- Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
- Plant growth: compact determinate
- Leaf type: regular leaf
- Time to maturity: early
- Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment for fungal and bacterial diseases
- Approx. number of seeds per pack: 10+
“Betimes Macbeth” is a very interesting hanging basket variety by Tom Wagner. It produces large, very firm, and very shiny red cherries that have a strong tomato flavor when not overwatered. Seeds are few, which Mr. Wagner states is due to a parent variety being from an experimental numbered line meant for processing. Mr. Wagner further explained that the concentrated fruit set, compact vine, and fruit firmness also are inherited from the same parent.
The focus of Betimes Macbeth’s breeding was selection for cool weather adaptation and a degree of frost resistance. I cannot verify frost resistance, as I did not encounter frosts during its growing period.
There have been reports of susceptibility to Septoria leaf spot, but these growers planted Betimes Macbeth in the ground. I planted it in a small hanging basket, in which the dirt was covered with cedar shaving mulch, and the plant did not have Septoria. Some have said that their in-ground plants of Betimes Macbeth reached 3-4 feet tall (caged). I purposely used a small basket to limit the growth, finding that indeed, the growth habit is prostrate and best planted as a basket variety. It reached 10” tall with a drooping branch spread of about 18”.
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