Glacier Bush Tomato Seeds

This packet yields approximately 20 plants when started inside.
3.9545454545455 out of 5 stars
(22 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
'Glacier' will be one of your first ripe tomatoes of summer, and one of your last tomatoes in the fall! This 30" tall plant sets fruit earlier and in cooler temperatures than other varieties, and continues to produce throughout the season. 2" flavorful slicers are the perfect size for sandwiches. Enjoy the sweetness of summer longer than ever!
$2.29 25 seeds

Botanical Name: Solanum lycopersicum

Days to Maturity: 55 days from transplanting

Family: Solanaceae

Native: Andes

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 30" tall

Variety Information: Red, round, 2–3 ounce fruits. 'Glacier' has potato-leaf foliage.

Type: Semi-determinate, Slicer (Learn more)

Attributes: Good for Containers, Cold Tolerant

When to Sow Outside: For mild climates only: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting. Transplant when air temperature is 45°F or warmer, usually 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–90°F.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24"

Row Spacing: 36"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 24"

Harvesting: 'Glacier' tomatoes are at the peak of sun-ripened deliciousness when red, and have a slight give when gently squeezed.

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Glacier Bush Tomato Seeds Reviews

22 reviews

Throw tomatoes at this one.

1 out of 5 stars Dec 4, 2019
I'm in San Francisco, right by the beach. Summers can be dark, foggy, and cool. Tomatoes don't usually do well here, and this one was no exception. I've tried it for several years, and I've given up on it. Does nothing. Doesn't even grow well. Siberian Red, grown in the same garden, does much better. Not every year, but most of the time. Unfortunately, it starts getting a heavy crop in late October/early November, so I bring them in green and let them ripen in the house. The cool weather here slows everything down, nothing ripens according to the seed packet.
Frustrated Farmer from CA

Great for colder climates

4 out of 5 stars Feb 21, 2020
This is one of my go-to tomatoes with Michigan's colder climate. I grow these in my greenhouse every year and my clients are happy. I also grow them in my garden. They are not big in size but have good flavor.
Wingshadow Farm from MI

Super productive

5 out of 5 stars Apr 10, 2020
I'm in zone 6a and grew these in both my small amount of full sun area and in a shaded area. I live in a heavily wooded neighborhood with mature oak trees. Both beds of tomatoes produced well, to the point where there was more than we could eat.
Liz K from MI

Surprising results for a beginner.

5 out of 5 stars Jun 13, 2020
First time growing tomatoes. 10-inch pot. Indoor sunny porch 3 windows - morning to late afternoon sun. Telegraph Hill. Over 3 ft. tall. Fruited right on schedule. Yielded 24 very sweet cherry tomatoes so far. The second plant is full of blossoms and two more seedlings. Good Luck everyone!
millie from CA

I wanted to love this one but...

2 out of 5 stars Jul 12, 2020
I tried two packs two separate times and I got only one seedling out of the two packs combined. I haven't totally given up, but so far I'm not having much luck.
Jennifer Waite from NY
Owner Response: Hi Jennifer, We are sorry you experienced poor germination with this cultivar. Our best tips are to bury seeds at the recommended depth and also to start seeds indoors. Our seeds are tested frequently by a third-party laboratory to ensure germination exceeds federal and our own standards. A customer service agent will be with you soon to help.

Will Grow Again

5 out of 5 stars Jul 20, 2020
I sowed 12 seeds. I had 3 "okay" plants that I thought wouldn't grow/produce much of anything. Since we love Glacier National Park, I decided to try transplanting one of them (yes, because the name is Glacier : ). It was slow growing in the beginning, but it really took off. It grows like a bush tomato plant but not bunched up like the way a Roma determinate plant can get. It's airy looking in a good way...it gets good airflow without having to prune it that way. I've had a total of 3 tomatoes that are ripe off my other tomato plants, but at least 6 ripe off of this one. The tomato's flavor is sweet with a little tang. The plant is about 5 feet tall, not 30 inches like the packet stated. The tomatoes have a rounded point at the bottom...almost like the bottom of a heart. Now, I wish I would have planted the other 2 Glacier plants. This is a keeper. The only negative comment I have is the germination.
Doreen from OH
Owner Response: We are sorry your germination was not good with this product. Our seeds are tested regularly by a third-party laboratory for germination. A customer service agent will be with you shortly to help.


2 out of 5 stars Jul 30, 2020
These didn't do well for me. They are the only tomatoes I planted that didn't. Only three plants germinated from the package and of those only one is still doing okay, not great. I am seeing a few flowers finally at the end of July, so we'll see. I don't know that I will try these again.
Sam from CT
Owner Response: Hi Sam, We are sorry you aren't enjoying this cultivar and it sounds like the germination was not good. Our seeds are tested regularly by a third-party laboratory to ensure germination rates exceed federal and our own standards. A customer service agent will be with you soon to help. Thank you for making us aware of the issue you experienced.

Love these!

5 out of 5 stars Sep 13, 2020
We grew our glaciers from seed and hardened them in a cold frame. They were the first to ripen of the 11 varieties we planted this year and are still producing tomatoes now! They are so tasty, also great for making sauce. We will definitely plant these next year, they are a favorite.
Susi Tattershall from CO

Will definitely plant again!

5 out of 5 stars Oct 26, 2020
These tomatoes were super successful in our garden in Colorado. They produced so much that one even broke itself in half :( (user error)! The tomatoes were delicious. They took a while to produce, but once they did, they kept coming and coming!!
Grace Wright from CO

Awesome Variety

5 out of 5 stars Jan 5, 2021
These tomatoes were incredible producers in Colorado (Zone 5b)! I started them in a greenhouse in March, transplanted in May, and had many delicious bright red tomatoes by mid July. These plants produced until an early September snow. Will definitely plant again.
Lauren from CO


3 out of 5 stars Jan 27, 2021
jacquelyn martinelli from RI
Owner Response: Hi Jacquelyn, Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. You left several one- to three-star reviews generally siting that the cultivar didn't work well for you, and I wanted to let you know that we are always happy to help troubleshoot growing issues so you can grow your best garden. Please don't hesitate to reach out for advice or if you prefer we have several articles online that you may find helpful. Our goal is to help you have a great garden. Happy gardening!

Dainty looking, many clusters

5 out of 5 stars May 12, 2021
First time growing tomatoes from seed. Good germination with BI seeds. Haven't harvested any yet, clusters of 3-5 double-bite size fruit; strong plants. Will definitely replace Early Girls in my garden!
Carolyn from LA


5 out of 5 stars Jun 10, 2021
Started it indoors at the end of January. It already had babies on it before I planted outdoors early May. Harvesting THE BEST medium sized tomatoes for 2 weeks now. Not too acidic. Great for snacking right off the vine. A bit uncontrollable if not staked properly.
karen from NY


5 out of 5 stars Jul 21, 2021
Germination took longer than my other tomatoes. Even though it was behind in germinating compared to other tomatoes, when it was transplanted into the garden it took off. Both Glacier and Siletz were the first to produce ripe tomatoes. You won't believe how sweet they are! We did a taste test with my neighbors, and we were really Wowed! by both varieties.
Susan from CA

very slow to germinate

2 out of 5 stars Jul 28, 2021
I started seeds on 5/22 and the plants are now about an inch tall. I planted Red Siberian on the same date and they are about 8" tall. Both were very slow to germinate and to get growing. The RS is finally getting with it and the G is starting to come around. I start all of my plants from seed starting in mid Feb. with tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. I'm in northern Ca. in zone 7. This is an experiment. I thought I see how these cool weather varieties would do in the fall with shorter days and cooler temps. They better get moving.
max from CA
Owner Response: Hi Max, These varieties are better able to set fruit in cool temperatures however soil temperatures for good, quick gemination and growth will still be quite warm (see packet). I hope this helps explain.

Great plant

5 out of 5 stars Aug 11, 2021
My plants are at least 5 feet tall each. Some how I planted them next to my clematis trellis and they are growing against it. One of them has some yellow leaves but it keeps producing tomatoes. I have to pick the tomatoes every other day. Production is unbelievable and this is my first time growing tomatoes. I will plant these next year.
Cecilia from NY

I plan to grow this again next year

5 out of 5 stars Oct 1, 2021
I bought this because of it's purported early quality. However, I failed to plant it very much prior to planting all of the other tomatoes I grew. Sometimes plans just don't come to fruition. However, this tomato is a real producer. I have had medium to small tomatoes on these vines for 5 months and it's still going strong (I live in Zone 7A.) They make a LOT of tomatoes, and they do come on earlier than everything else. They are delicious.
Lucy from UT

Love this variety -

5 out of 5 stars Oct 4, 2021
Loved this variety - first to produce fruit - ( even faster that the "early" tomatoes)- flavor is wonderful. Impressive amount of fruit per plant. Meaty texture- They are smaller than many slicers but that adds to the flexibility. Large enough for a BLT ( using more than one slice per sandwich) - easy to process for canning and the smaller size makes them idea for sun dried tomatoes. It will be in my garden every year.
Elaine from ID

Starts early and just keeps going

5 out of 5 stars Oct 13, 2021
I started these a solid month after my other tomato seeds and they were still one of the first to produce. Loaded with fruit all summer and still had fruit ripening well into October. Semi compact, very manageable plants did great with just a tomato cage. No pruning needed. Will definitely grow again.
Jen from WA

Not worth it

2 out of 5 stars Dec 22, 2021
I did not care for these at all. They were small fruits with small plants that got blight early. I won't plant these in 2022 at all. They did germinate very easily and great great at the first.
Teresa from TN
Owner Response: Hi Teresa, We are sorry you didn't like this variety. Just in case there is confusion, this variety is not blight-resistant and blight causes poor production. We list disease resistance on the product pages where applicable and you can can see disease resistances displayed in a chart in the Tomato: Sow and Grow linked in the learn more tab on this page. Happy gardening!

Prolific - just kept going

5 out of 5 stars Dec 31, 2021
I started these very late last year (my purge tomatoes were already planted in their permanent containers) but they caught up very quickly. They weren't my first to produce (likely due to late start) but were in the top 3. They kept producing through the entire season. Truly compact plants that did fine with just a tomato cage. I grew in 4gal pots in a greenhouse (I've given up growing tomatoes outdoors here... First September rain causes blight every time). I sell at two small farmers markets and these were a very reliable producer, being harvested twice a week. They've earned a permanent spot in my garden. I'm excited to see how early they are if I start them with the rest.
Jen from WA

No germination

1 out of 5 stars Apr 4, 2022
I have started these seeds along with a couple of different varieties at the same time and same condition. Literally % 0 germination!!! None of them has germinated!!!
Saadet from PA
Owner Response: Hi Saadet , We are sorry you've had difficulty germinating these seeds. Quality is very important to us and our seeds are tested for germination regularly by a third-party laboratory to ensure they meet federal and our own standards. A customer service agent will reach out by email to help.

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