Sgt. Pepper’s (BHS)
- Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
- Plant growth: indeterminate
- Leaf type: regular, wispy leaf
- Time to maturity: midseason
- Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment
- Approx. number of seeds per pack: 12+
“Sgt. Pepper’s” is a beautiful and delicious pink heart with purple anthocyanin tops from a cross by Jason Haynes of Virginia. The parentage of this cross is pretty interesting. Mr. Haynes stated that he received seeds of German Red Strawberry from a friend of a friend (literally), and used pollen from one of the flowers from that plant to cross with OSU Blue. Oddly, however, when the fruit on the original parent “German Red Strawberry” ripened, they were pink hearts, not red. Mr. Haynes named this pink heart version “Pink from Death Star,” since the seeds originally came from a gentleman who used the forum name “Darth.” He used the German translation of this since the red version was “German” Red Strawberry. Thus “Rosa Von Todesstern” was one parent and OSU Blue was the other.
From this cross, Mr. Haynes and friends to whom he distributed seeds found a gorgeous pink heart with anthocyanin expression to varying degrees. Also, anthocyanin shows to varying degrees in the plants themselves, which mine did, with purple stems. Leaves are wispy and mine also showed anthocyanin.
I checked extensively into Mr. Haynes' posts on this variety, and found that all but one time he spelled it “Sgt. Pepper's” rather than Sgt Peppers. So I will go with this spelling.
The best thing about this variety…the thing that makes it worth growing even more than the cool history, is the smooth, meaty texture and sweet flavor. The plant itself grew rather weakly for me at first, but once planted into the permanent locations, it grew rapidly with lots of long stems shooting out everywhere.
Remember that anthocyanin expression is best when the conditions are cool and bright. I have difficulty getting that combination of cool temperatures with bright sun, but I did get anthocyanin expression, and I expect my northern tomato friends to see even more purple.
One other thing to note, which I find to be true for most anthocyanin varieties I grow, is that the fruits are set and colored with purple LONG before they ripen. If you pick early and ripen indoors, as I must, often you will have wrinkled fruits before you see ripeness.
NOTE: The seeds offered now are at F8 filial generation; although the line appears to be stable, I will list it as a developing variety, which means that you may see varying amounts of anthocyanin present or less wispy leaves, or varying amounts of anthocyanin in the plants (stems and leaves).
The three photos showing part of a person's hand are used courtesy of a very good tomato friend who lives in Canada, and does not wish to be named. I wished to show anthocyanin expression under his cooler and bright conditions.
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