Faelan’s First Snow (BHS)


  • Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
  • Plant growth: indeterminate
  • Leaf type: regular leaf
  • Time to maturity: midseason
  • Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment for fungal and bacterial diseases
  • Approx. number of seeds per pack: 20

“Fáelán's First Snow” was named by the person who originally discovered it. It was later distributed by others as “Cherokee Purple Variegated.” Currently, in addition to “Faelan’s First Snow,” I also see “Faelen’s” and “Faelon’s,” which simply might be misspellings. The fruits are like Cherokee Purple, delicious purple beefsteaks. What is interesting about this variety, though, is the variegation in leaf color. Green with splashes of cream and white, along with different shades of green. The original plant for Fáelán's First Snow was found in a flat of Cherokee Purple bedding plants in a New Hampshire nursery, and since has been grown out by various people to determine its stability as well as to achieve its stability.
The name “Fáelán” comes from Irish origin. It is an old Irish name meaning “young wolf.” Here is the story by the gentleman who discovered this unusual and delicious variety:
“About a month or so ago I was watering some plants at work (I work at a garden center) and I happened to notice a plant labeled Cherokee Purple which at first glance looked sun scalded…as I moved closer I noticed that it was variegated! I bought the plant and gave it a nice home in a decent sized container… Large enough for good growth, but small enough so that I could control it's size and move it into the greenhouse or indoors if need be. I am crossing my fingers and hoping that it grows true to type from seed.
In the event that it does grow true to type from seed, I have named this selection 'Faelan's First Snow'. Faelan mean's “young wolf” in Old Irish Gaelic. I must admit that I have a weakness for anything Medieval, from books, to games, to movies. Faelan is one of the character names that I have used in the past in both stories and gaming. The “First Snow” part of the name alludes to the imagery of a light early snow that has fallen on plants that are still green which the variegation reminded me of.”

Fáelán's First Snow is also a parent of a line called Moonlight Mile, which to date has given me both saladette and beefsteaks that are pink with gold stripes, as well as rich purple beefsteaks. As I pursue the segregates, they will eventually appear here at Bunny Hop Seeds after stability with individual new names.
It is worth mentioning a few quirks of variegated tomato leaves and stems. And indeed, both are variegated. A stem may be divided lengthwise into white, cream, and shades of green. The variegation shows best in cool conditions. In my own growing experience of these types, the bright light does not seem to affect the variegation’s disappearance as much as the heat. With my climate, by sunny and hot mid-May, the plants are turning solid green.
NOTE: In the 2018 season I have noticed less variegation than I previously had in this variety. I do not know if this is segregate progressive development or just the environmental conditions I had at that time being unfavorable to development and maintenance of the variegation. I am adding a photo to show the less variegated leaf, and also increasing the seed count in each packet to 20 while keeping the price down to $2, just in case this is now a less-variegated progressive development of the line.
NOTE: Developing Variety.

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