Faelan’s First Snow (gift only with purchase)
- 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
- GIFT PACKET, seed count varies
“Fáelán's First Snow” has become a Bunny Hop Seeds Special Gift Variety this season because the variegation seems to be decreasing with each generation, until very little, if any, is left. Yet, the productivity in fruit, and the rich, sweet flavor of the fruit makes me want to share the seeds. But I must be clear here, you may not see variegation in the leaves when you grow these seeds. You will have to be content with plenty of luscious fruit. Special Gift Packets are free with purchase of at least one package of Bunny Hop Seeds. The limit is only one Special Gift Packet per order.
The original history is as follows: Faelan’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.”
It is worth mentioning a few quirks of variegated tomato leaves and stems, just in case you do see variegation in this generation. 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: Developing Variety.
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