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All About the Solar Flare Tomato

The Solar Flare tomato is a large, vibrant beef-steak-like variety first developed by Wild Boar Farms.

It is a hardy open-pollinated plant that is resistant to some common diseases that ail tomato plants and produces high fruit yields. These deep-red fleshy tomatoes are considered an heirloom variety.

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Solar Flare tomatoes



These tomatoes are large, resembling beef-steak varieties, and weigh anywhere from six to ten ounces!

Beautiful golden streaks that run from the top of the tomato to the bottom highlight the vibrant red skin.

Once sliced open, the juicy, deep red Solar Flare tomato appears fleshy and thick. These tomatoes are large enough that one slice will fit perfectly onto a piece of bread, making them a great choice for tomato sandwiches.

Closeup of a Solar Flare tomato.


Solar Flare tomatoes offer a distinctly sweet and tangy flavor that is delicious on sandwiches or used as an ingredient in soups, salads, sauces, and so much more.

These tomatoes are juicy, with a full-bodied, unique flavor profile. Their flavor can be enhanced with salt or pepper sprinkled right onto the fresh slices.

Whether you eat them fresh or incorporate them into a meal, the fruits are tasty any way you prepare them!


Tomatoes are versatile fruits that can be enjoyed fresh or incorporated as an ingredient in a meal.

Oven roasted tomatoes.
Roasted tomatoes.

The Best Tomato Soup

Tomato soup is a well-known tomato dish that is easy to create at home.

This rich and creamy tomato soup is a delicious blend of fresh tomatoes, garlic, onion, Italian herbs and spices, and heavy cream.

Tomato soup is the best with a warm, toasty grilled cheese sandwich, but it is phenomenal with other meals and appetizers, such as a dip for mozzarella sticks or as a side soup with a salad.

Tomato Salsa

Everyone loves a good tomato salsa to dip their fresh, crunchy tortilla chips in! Solar Flare tomatoes will work well for this recipe, infusing the salsa with a full-bodied tomato flavor.

This salsa can be left chunky, or for a smoother texture, blend the ingredients in a food processor until they reach the desired consistency.

Tomato salsa can be enjoyed as a snack or appetizer and is an excellent addition to any Mexican-inspired dish.

Tomato Bisque

Tomato Soup

Using Solar Flare tomatoes gives this tomato bisque a robust flavor that pairs well with the heaviness of the cream.

This recipe uses a blend of onion, herbs, and spices that complement one another and bring this dish together.

Pair this tomato bisque with a buttery, crunchy grilled cheese sandwich for a tasty meal.

Health Benefits

Macro shot of tomato slices.

Tomatoes are chock full of vital nutrients our bodies need. Consuming Solar Flare tomatoes will provide a nice chunk of your daily nutrient intake.

Tomatoes contain lycopene which benefits the body in many ways, such as vision, digestive health, blood pressure regulation, and cancer prevention. Lycopene is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals generated by our bodies.

Solar Flare tomatoes are rich in potassium, reducing sodium’s effects on the body, therefore reducing blood pressure.

Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A, C, and E, which strengthen bones and teeth, promote healthy vision, regulate blood pressure, alleviate diabetic symptoms, and lower cholesterol.

They are high in fiber but low in calories, which makes for a fresh snack that promotes a healthy gut and helps regulate your digestive system. The health benefits of Solar Flare tomatoes are endless!

Growing Your Own

Striped tomatoes on a plant.

Developed by Wild Boar Farms, Solar Flare tomatoes are an heirloom variety that produces high yields.

Growing these tomatoes is easy! They are open-pollinated, which means birds and insects pollinate them.

The plant is hardy even in challenging climates, scab resistant, and produces fruit early in the season.

Solar Flare tomatoes can be started inside or outside.

Starting Indoors

For starting inside, plant your seeds around six weeks before the last frost. Two to three seeds can be sowed per pot. They should be planted in fertile soil amended with compost and much to provide even moisture.

Tomato Seedlings

When tomato seedlings get a third set of leaves, they should be transplanted into their own pot.

For starting outside, wait until the threat of frost has ended before planting your seeds in the same mixture of fertile soil, compost, and mulch.

Solar Flare tomato seedlings should be fertilized every seven to ten days with a water-soluble fertilizer diluted to about one-fourth of the suggested measurement. Check out our tomato fertilizer guide for more instructions and product recommendations.

Once your tomato plants are ready for transplanting into the ground, they should be spaced around 24-36″ apart.

This tomato plant variety produces heavy fruit and will require some support to stay upright.

Tomato cages are the most common support used for tomato plants, but you can also use garden stakes and twine ties to help support the heavy weight of the fruits.

Potential Pests and Disease

A tomato showing signs of tomato blossom end rot.
Signs of blossom rot in a tomato.

Tomatoes are part of the nightshade family, which tends to be susceptible to blossom end rot due to calcium deficiencies.

To prevent blossom end rot in your tomato plants, sprinkle pelleted gypsum around the base of the plant when it is blooming.

Tomato plants attract a variety of pests, such as aphids, spider mites, and tomato hornworms. An insecticide containing neem oil is the best defense against these pests.

Where to Buy Seeds

Tomato seeds.

As with purchasing any seeds to grow in your garden, be sure you buy tomato seeds from a reputable source. We highly recommend the Solar Flare seeds sold online by one of our favorite seed retailers, Hoss Tools.

Some local nurseries or co-ops may also carry seedlings for transplant. Be sure to check those out if you want to skip growing these tomatoes from seed and jump right into transplanting seedlings into the ground.

Give the Solar Flare Tomato a Shot!

Striped tomatoes on a plant.

If you are looking for the best tomato for pasta sauces, sandwiches, or other dishes, try the Solar Flare tomato! It is easy to grow, produces high yields early in the season, and is scab resistant. It’s a great choice for your garden and kitchen!

To learn more about tomato plant varieties, including how to grow them and where to find them, check out the Tomato Plants page on our website!