Smaller Plants for your Small Garden Areas

...and container growing

 

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

Here are some fabulous varieties which a stay a LOT smaller, 2 to 5 ft. tall.

The Dwarf varieties, noted (Dwarf) in their descriptions, stay 'shrubby' and can be easily grown in containers.

Campari, Dirty Girl, Florida 91 and Momotaro grow to about 5 feet.

 

 

NEW FOR 2021!

Campari plants, available for the first time anywhere!  SORRY! CAMPARI HAS SOLD OUT FOR THE SEASON

Campari ($7.95) 65 days    

The legendary Campari is one of the greatest flavored tomatoes ever grown. This de-hybridized version of the original Campari hybrid has the same outstanding flavor, high productivity and bright red color as the hybrid.

Meaty and juicy, Campari is a delight in your salads, sandwiches and for sauce and canning. The 2" inch brilliant red fruits on a compact plant grow in clusters of 9 to 13 perfect tomatoes. Featured prominently in a 2002 episode of The Sopranos, customers have asked us for it over and over. Seeds were not available then, but now that it is open-pollinated (a 'new' heirloom), we have the plants for you!

 

 

   

Delicious! High production.

A Laurel's TOP PICK!

 

Dirty Girl  ($6.75)      (E) Only 65 days. Grows to about 5 feet.

 

I am crazy about the name of this incredibly delicious, high producing, open-pollinated version of Early Girl! 

 

It was de-hybridized by Joe Schirmer, owner of Dirty Girl Produce in Santa Cruz California. An organic grower, Joe spent the last 7 years growing out Early Girl into an open-pollinated version of Early Girl -- what we call a 'new' heirloom.

 

Dirty Girl produces in only 60 to 65 days, giving you huge harvests of perfect, yummy, 3 to 4 ounce salad size, red tomatoes with all the great qualities of Early Girl -- high production, early ripening and strong plants, with some added attractions for gardeners-- an far richer flavor and a bonus; you can save seeds!

 

Joe named it 'Dirty Girl' after his wife with whom he created Dirty Girl Farm. Yay Joe! 

 

If you've got a wife, mother, daughter, girlfriend or girl pal who spends a lot of time in the garden, this is the tomato for her. My customers love buying this one as a gift for their Dirty Girl Gardeners!

 

               

New for 2020!

Firebird Sweet  (Dwarf) (6.95) (VSM)     (E)  65 days

 

Here is a big, ambrosial, multi color tomato growing a small 3 ft plant. 

 

The fruits ripen to deep crimson with beautiful golden streaks. Rich full flavor, small plant. Perfect 6 to 8 oz salad/slicer tomatoes are a treat for sandwiches, salads, roasting and grilling.

 

This is a thrilling tomato, growing from 4 to 10 oz, sweet, juicy, gorgeous--everything you love in a tomato.  Be sure to let them ripen fully to enjoy them!

 

History: Developed 2011-2016 by members of the Dwarf Tomato Project from a cross between Dwarf Wild Fred and Beauty King made by Vince Lavallo in 2011, which he named Beauty. It was developed along with by Vince Lavalle, Craig LeHoullier, Lurley Hernandez, Lindsey Ratterree, Dan Follett, Carolyn Keiper, and Nancy Ruhl. Named by Craig LeHoullier in 2013.

 

Please take some time to read about the Dwarf Tomato Project. The dedicated members of this group from all over the world worked for many, many years to bring us these small plants with their delightful fruits. They really have changed the tomato world.

 

 

 

Florida 91  ($6.75) (H) 72 days. (S-D)       (E) 
 

Florida 91 is the perfect choice 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. 

 

Our harvest made it though several weeks of high 90's and never slowed down, just kept pumping out these gorgeous beauties.

 

A small semi-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 but not hard, and resistant to cracking.

 

 

 

 

New for 2021!

Goldfinch $6.95 (Dwarf Plant)    

With big, gorgeous, bi-color yellow tomatoes with deep pink blushes growing on a manageable 4 foot plant, we fell in love with Goldfinch at first bite. The flavor and appearance remind me of Ruby Gold and Dagma's Perfection but on a shrubby plant.

High production, reliable disease resistance, beautiful, delicious, juicy and sweet!

Easy to grow and disease resistant, this dwarf variety will be a delight in your garden.

 

  New for 2021!

Moby's Cherry $6.95 (Dwarf Plant) 70 days.    

We were so blown away by the incredibly high production of Moby's Cherry! It's big for a cherry, some are saladette size!

Growing in sparkling clusters of 10 to 13 gleaming bright yellow luscious fruits.  As they ripened and we tasted them we knew we had a big winner for 2021.

A large cherry tomato with incredible flavor-- and a small 4 ft easily manageable plant with excellent disease resistance as seems to be the case with all of our favorite dwarf varieties.

 

 

REALLY SWEET!

Momotaro  ($9.95) (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, 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. Created quite a ruckus.

 

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 2021!

Sneaky Sauce ($6.95) (Dwarf Plant)     75 days.

Here is our first offering of a delightful sauce tomato that grows in several shapes on a very sturdy 3 ft. shrubby plant.  These yummy tomatoes grow in different shapes and sizes: plum, heart and sort of a blocky-plum shape everywhere from from 3 to 6 ounces. Lots of choices on on fabulous plant!

Producing lots of tomatoes early in the season, the flavor of Sneaky Sauce a delight and the texture is meaty and rich. 

Its balance of sweetness to acid is perfect for this new sauce tomato.

 

 

 

  TOP SELLER

 

Sweet Scarlet (Dwarf Plant)($6.95) 78 days.

 

This vigorous dwarf plant produces a heavy yield of big yummy 10 to 16 oz. smooth, sweet and tangy red tomatoes with a superb, intense concentrated tomato flavor.

 

One of the best of the Dwarf Tomato Project varieties, it may surprise you by producing a rare yellow or orange tomato on the same plant.

 

Be sure to try the yellow one, tastes fantastic, one of the thrills of growing in the heirloom world!

 

IMPORTANT NOTE!: Remember to water sparingly or moderately when your tomatoes start to ripen. Otherwise you'll have a cracked, waterlogged mushy tomato! This goes for ALL of your heirlooms!

 

 

Photo courtesy of Restoration Seeds.

Tasmanian Chocolate (Dwarf) ($6.95) (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.

 

 

 

 

 

  TOP SELLER

Velvet Night (Cherry)  (Dwarf Plant) ($6.95)

 

This deep purple cherry tomato grows in great abundance on a small dwarf plant. If you have a limited garden space and crave a really sweet, rich flavored cherry tomato, this is the one for you!

 

Very high production of 1 to 2 oz. cherry tomatoes will keep your tomato tastebuds really happy all season long -- and you'll have enough to share with loved ones.

This tomato was selected out and named by Susan Oliverson of the Dwarf Tomato Project.

 

 

 

 New for 2021!

Wild Fred (Dwarf Plant) ($6.95)       A Laurel's Favorite

Lots of big gorgeous purple/black tomatoes grow in abundance on a strong, stocky 3 to 4 ft. dwarf plant. Disease resistant and producing big crops of large yummy tomatoes in all kinds of weather, the flavor is outstanding.

Heavy in your hand, this juicy, beefsteak type fruits grow to 6 to 10 ounces with thin skin and the deep, smoky, juicy, aromatic flesh you find in Carbon which is one of its parent lines (along with New Big Dwarf).

This big, tasty variety was named by Craig LeHoullier, for his dad Wilfred after a memorable typo of Wilfred's name in a church bulletin.

A fabulous cross made in 2005 by Bruce Bradshaw in California.

 

 

 

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