Smaller Plants for Small Garden Areas and Small Containers, 5 to 10 gallons

 

Most heirloom tomato plants grow to 6 or 7 feet tall and 3 feet wide. 

Here are a few which a stay a LOT smaller.

 

                   

 

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Beaverlodge Slicer  $(5.95)  52 days. (EE)  F/C (SM)   From Gary Ibsen of Tomatofest.com, "One of the earliest maturing tomato varieties at only 55 days, this tomato was developed at  the Beaverlodge Research Center in Alberta Canada. The plant is short, compact and determinate, loaded with 2", smooth, red, round tomatoes that contain rich and well balanced flavors. A surprisingly big flavor for such an early tomato. This is a perfect tomato variety for growing in a hanging basket or in a patio container. A good choice for cooler and foggy growing regions.

 

 

New for 2016

 (Dwarf) Emerald Giant ($6.25) (VSM) F/C (E)    65 days

This new dwarf variety is essentially a dwarfed version of Green Giant with deep green, potato leaf foliage and a very sturdy main stem, growing to only four feet. Fruits can rangi from 8 ounces to a pound and ripen to green with a bit of a pale-pink blush on the blossom end. Flavor is spectacular!  Full-bodied, intense and delicious.

Another delightful variety from the dedicated crew of the Dwarf Tomato Project for those growing in small gardens or containers or who want to fit more plants into their large garden. 

 

 

 

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(Dwarf) Rosella Purple ($6.25) (VSM) F/C (E)     70 days.

A delightful dwarf variety to grow on a balcony, patio, or in a smaller garden--or in a large garden to fit more plants into your garden space!

 

Ripening in only 70 days from planting, Rosella Purple is among the finest flavored of the dwarf varieties, similar to the classic Cherokee Purple, putting on great harvests of 6 to 12 ounce purple fruit on a beautiful, lush 3 foot compact plant.

This awesome cross was developed from Budai, a small red fruited dwarf, and Stump of the World in 2006 by tomato genius Patrina Nuske Small in Australia. The color can vary from purple-red to rose to darker purple like Paul Robeson. Another delightful variety from the Dwarf Tomato Project for those growing in small gardens or containers or who want to fit more plants into their large garden. 

 

 

 

New for 2016!

Photo courtesy of Restoration Seeds.

(Dwarf) Tasmanian Chocolate ($6.25)(VSM)     (E)  65 days 

Big tomato, little plant. Tasmanian Chocolate is a beautiful variety that produces huge tomatoes on very compact plants. Large, beefsteak style fruits can grow to almost a pound and ripen to a deep chocolate-red. What really makes it unique is the dwarf growing habit, with small plants only growing to 2-3 feet, but still loaded with fruits! Great for small spaces and containers.

 

 

 

Florida 91  ($5.95) (H) 72 days. (D)       (E) (VSM)
As seeds of SunMaster are no longer available I have chosen Florida 91 as the perfect alternate plant for extreme heat. This specialty tomato is a very heat tolerant hybrid variety which produces delicious, bright red, 10 ounce, rich, sweet full-flavored tomatoes in only 72 to 80 days. A small determinate plant, growing to 2 or 3 feet, this variety sets fruit easily during high heat, when days are up to 97 or more and night temperatures are 73 to 82. Very disease resistant. Ideal for slicing onto sandwiches and salads, these sweet tomatoes ripen to be firm, solid, and resistant to cracking.

 

 

 

 

  Japanese Black Trifele (TRY-feluh) AKA Black Truffle ($5.95)      (SM) 80 days. Japanese Black Trifele, which translates to truffle, is a big juicy 6 -10 ounce pear-shaped, deep purple-black tomato with pretty green shouldersIn Russia the Trifele varieties of tomatoes--of which there are several colors--are highly prized and command high prices. Growing on a short potato-leafed plant, it's the size and shape of a Bartlett pear and among the darkest hued and finest flavored of the black tomatoes.

The skin is smooth and crack resistant and production is huge. Flavor is deep, chocolaty, smoky and rich, just wonderful. Took their picture and ate 'em.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lime Green Salad ($5.95) (VSM)   (E)   52 days. This tomato has become one of my passions. I grew only one Lime Green Salad plant the first season and wish I'd grown 10.

This petite plant, about 18" to 20" tall--great for small containers like 3 to 5 gallons, or in your main garden, produces early abundant harvests of luscious tangy-sweet 3 to 4 oz. round lime-green tomatoes which literally burst with intricate, sweet refreshing citrusy flavors when you bite into them. The flesh inside is a gorgeous chartreuse, juicy...the flavor lingers. Unforgettable.  

 

 

 

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Martino's Roma (D) ($5.95)  (P-S) (E) (SM) 75 days. This extremely prolific plant produces a huge yield--the fruit loads up in amazing quantities on a small 3 foot plant. Its yummy crop of  3" red pear-shaped Roma tomatoes that are great for cooking and sweet and luscious enough to enjoy fresh right out of your hand. Very meaty with few seeds, highly productive, marvelous for canning, and for your favorite tomato sauce recipe. The flavor intensifies exponentially during cooking.

 

 

 

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Momotaro  ($6.95) (H) (VE)   62 days. (HG) This very popular early-ripening hybrid variety, (and Dolly Parton's favorite tomato), is being offered due to hundreds of requests from my customers who have found Momotaro fruits at Farmer's Markets. It is exceptionally sweet, low-acid, juicy and just beautiful with a very long shelf life. The 6 ounce fruits are a stunning shade of pink, full flavored, luscious and bountiful on the vine, with superb disease resistance.

I smuggled one into an heirloom tasting party, and the folks loved it. The revelation that it was a hybrid was a splendid surprise to the gathered heirloom aficionados and motley crew of tomato gourmets and gourmands. 

Named for an ancient legend of Momotaro, or Peach Boy, Momotaro was a baby boy found inside a giant peach by childless peasant farmers who had longed for a child of their own. He grew to be a famous warrior for peace. Among his many achievements: conquering, and then encouraging the ogres of Ogre Island to stop pillaging and be nice ogres. Each year the Momotaro festival in Japan celebrates the legend of this brave and wondrous child.

 

 

 

 

 

   New for 2016

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New Big Dwarf  ($6.25)  70 days. (VSM)    (VE)  

You'll get big tomatoes and lots of 'em on this shrub-like plant. Bred in 1919 by S. M. Isbell & Co. this marvelous variety is a cross of Ponderosa and Dwarf Champion.

Expect big, gorgeous 1-lb. deep pink-to-red fruits on 2 foot bushy, dwarf plants. This plant is perfect for patio and balcony gardening in pots or small garden plots. Old time full flavored fruit and bountiful production make New Big Dwarf a delightful choice for your garden--makes a t great gift for space-challenged friends and family.

 

 

 

Sweet Baby Girl $5.95) (H)  (SM) (Ch)     (VE) 60 days. This vigorous little hybrid plant from Holland has long clusters of sweet, flavorful dark red 1 oz. cherry tomatoes, producing abundantly on small, 4 ft. compact yet indeterminate plants. Its easy-to-pick fruit is produced all season long. 

Sweet Baby Girl's long shelf-life, marvelous taste and disease resistance have made it a new favorite for fitting into smaller gardens and producing bountiful bunches of fruit right up until first frost in containers  and in the garden.

Kids of all ages love it. Right after shooting this photograph of some of the 150 tomatoes we picked on February 8th, my employees and I ate the fruits. Every single one.

 

 

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