Isis Candy Cherry Tomato
Gorgeous bicolor cherry tomatoes are red with a spectacular cat’s eye starburst on the blossom end. Rich, sweet, fruity flavor. Plants are loaded with 1½" fruits in clusters of 6-8. Bred by Seed Savers Exchange member Joe Bratka of New Jersey.
- 70-80 days from transplant
- ±15,500 seeds/oz
- Indeterminate - Fruit ripens throughout the season
- Red fruits have a yellow starburst on the blossom end
- Fruits grow to 1½" in clusters of 6-8
- Rich, sweet, fruity flavor
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Store your tomatoes at room temperature. The flavor and texture of tomatoes suffer when the fruit is chilled.
Heirloom tomatoes are bred for their flavor and simple preparation best allows that intense flavor to shine through. Tomatoes can be sliced and drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper or layer slices with basil and mozzarella for a Caprese salad.
Roasted tomatoes have a richer, concentrated flavor.
There are hundreds of salsa recipes to try and most are dramatically improved with the use of heirloom tomatoes. Tomatoes are also the main ingredient in Gazpacho, a cold soup that is perfect for summer.
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Tomatoes are sensitive to freezing temperatures, so wait to transplant outdoors until the soil is warm. Plant in full sun.
- Start Indoors: 6 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 7-14 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 24-36” Apart
- Support: Cage, stake, or trellis
Ratings & Reviews
by Lee petley
This is one of the most delicious cherry tomatoes I have ever grown. They're so sweet and fruity that they hardly ever get into the house. Children just love them. If you can get them into the kitchen they add beauty and flavor to salads.
Perfect taste and size, imperfect vine
I'm always going to associate these with the summer of 2020, working from home all morning, then walking out in my bare feet for a late breakfast of Isis tomatoes. The kids didn't take as much of an interest and I'm not sure why, but I really enjoyed wandering out to get some sunlight and eating them straight from the vine.
What I didn't enjoy is the overall health of the plants. They sprouted great, they transplanted fine, but I fought yellowing and leaf curl all summer. They were getting plenty of water and organic fertilizer, but they were just really spindly. I was even doing the asprin trick to try to get them back to health.
That may have been something to do with my soil as it was only the second year amending it. But even with unhealthy vines 4 plants gave me enough to eat a handful every day.
My experience with these seeds, and a QUESTION!
by Bob W
I have two of these plants, both in 14" pots in L.A. sun/part shade & they are tremendous! I started indoors with sphagnum moss & they sprouted no problem. I planted them outdoors months ago & while it took a long time to flower, patience prevailed! Both are very tall & producing a lot of sweet and rich-tasting fruit, although most are still a few weeks away from being red on the vine. I fertilize now & then, but not too frequently, & I read that grass cutting make a good mulch for the top of the soil, so I did that too. Both have some crispy leaves which I decided is from water deficiency, so I'm upping that H2O routine. But all in all, these are impressive plants, and I'm guessing I have 60+ fruits between to two plants getting ready to redden. Thanks, Seed Savers, this was my first purchase, really enhanced my day-to-day.
QUESTION: Are these annuals...should I assume I'll need to start again when these take a turn for the worse?
Hearty, gorgeous, productive, delicious!
These tomatoes are overtaking my garden!! Loaded with fruits, and super tall. Keep an eye on new shoots coming out of the base of the plant - I took my eyes off pruning for a few days and came back to huge new shoots already flowering... had to re-stake. Only tasted a few so far in PA (July), but more are ripening by the day and they are delicious and quite large for cherries. Really enjoying the magic of these hearty growers!
Started indoors in peat moss in March/April and had nearly 100% of seeds sprout! No stress from transplanting after hardening off a bit.
Prolific, lush... Taste is ok
by Colorado Pam
These plants are huge, creating a wall of leaves six feet high and wanting to go higher. Lots of fruit ripening, just beginning to get first fruits in mid-August. Larger than I expected; flavor is decent but not the best tasting cherry tomato as I had expected. Will probably use most for roasting with garlic and oil. Maybe salsa.
Since taste buds differ, I will mention that my favorite slicing tomato is Gold Medal. After that Brandywine.