Amish Mayberry
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Lovely red cherry that also produces some grape shaped fruit. Plants are rather compact – under 4 feet but are not a determinate. It does produce all through the summer – lots and lots of fruit. They…[more]
This is a lovely striped cherry tomato with gold stripes over the red background. Size ranges from a marble to a ping pong ball. The plant is a compact semi determinate, so it won’t take up too much…[more]
Nice smooth round fruit of about 3-8 oz. ripen a lovely pink. Flavor is nicely balanced, both sweet and tangy. Plants are determinate and are one of the shorter of the Dwarf Project varieties, growing…[more]
Bred for short season areas, it is a fairly early tomato. The fruit are an unusual, slightly squared off round shape. They are usually around 4 oz; a pretty nice size for processing. The determinate…[more]
This is a pinkish black tomato with green shoulders of medium size – 4-10 oz. It matures fairly early and has pretty good yields. Really good complex flavor. Being a determinate it should do well in…[more]
Bloody Butcher
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A very popular early tomato, it has small, 2-4 oz, round dark red tomatoes with deep red flesh. It is very early and high yielding with intense flavor. Produces fruit in cluster of 5-9 on very…[more]
A brand new release from the Dwarf Tomato Project. This dwarf plant has lovely smooth, slightly flattened, purple beefsteak fruit ranging from 10-16 oz. The fruit have a rich, well balanced and…[more]
Compact indeterminate vines are filled with 2-3oz perfectly round, red fruit that grow in clusters. They look like supermarket fruit, but definitely don’t taste like them! They have a burst of…[more]
This uncommon medium sized tomato weighs in at 8oz and is quite firm. Plants do well in containers and small spaces and produce well in both humid and dry conditions. Fruit are easy to pick as the…[more]
A lovely pinky black tomato from Russia that translates to Black Elephant. The fruit average 5-10 oz and are ribbed with greenish shoulders. The flavor is excellent, sweet, and with very good…[more]
This attractive tomato is deep-red in color with tinges of pink and green. Fruit are 1 lb and up in weight. Slices are very beautiful with multi colored flesh. Not just good to look at, this tomato is…[more]
This is an extremely productive, compact plant suitable for growing in containers. The growth is very vigorous and the yield so large it will need staking. Pale yellow fruit are about 2 oz and 2x6…[more]
Cyril's Choice
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A special little dwarf plant from England. It bears golf ball sized red tomatoes that have a really nice appearance. Flavor is excellent for a small early tomato, very well balanced sweet and sours.…[more]
Perfect small red tomatoes, are born on a nice looking dwarf plant. It produces a large amount of tomatoes weighing around 4-6 oz. with very good flavor. Perfect for container growing.[more]
Glacier
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An extremely early tomato, Glacier is sure to be one of the first tomatoes to bear fruit in your garden, and it will continue to do so well into summer. Fruit are small, about 2-3 oz. Glacier has one…[more]
Gold Nugget
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A gold colored cherry tomato that is early to mature. It has very compact plants reaching only 2-3 feet and is very suitable for container gardening. Fruit have the typical mild flavor of yellows and…[more]
I love how Gayla Trail, of You Grow Girl blog, describes this tomato because I had thought the same thing: “First there is the name, which gives me a chuckle every time I say it as it sounds like…[more]
A green when ripe tomato, some may develop a pink blush on the bottom when ripe, but it will help to lightly squeeze to see if it gives to be sure it is ripe. Flesh is a bright green. Fruit are…[more]
These nice, blemish free, 8-12oz. fruit grow from compact vines. This means they would probably do well for container growing. The flavor is sweet, with meaty flesh and few seeds especially early in…[more]
Small green tomatoes of 3-5 oz are produced quite heavily on this very compact dwarf plant growing under 3’ tall. Fruit are somewhat olive green that develop an amber blush when ripe and are nice and…[more]
Manitoba
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While it is a little later than most early varieties, Manitoba bears many red, 6-8 oz, firm and tangy tomatoes. It is both cold and disease resistant.[more]
A very nice red tomato from the Dwarf Tomato Project. Fruit are a rich brown with flesh that is deep crimson. They average about 6-12 oz and have that wonderful flavor common to dark tomatoes – very…[more]
This is a wonderful plum tomato from Italy that delivers really good production. A determinate plant with red fruit that have a point on the end, they average about 3 oz. This one actually tastes…[more]
A lovely dwarf plant with really pretty pink beefsteak fruit. You will get a good yield of medium to large sized fruit that are both a little bit flattened and ribbed. Most of them weigh 8-12 oz but…[more]
The vigorous, rugose, potato leaf dwarf plants produce heavy yields of uniquely colored pale orange smooth oblate fruit that have a nearly matte, dull finish, ranging from 8-12 ounces. As with most of…[more]
This is a very pretty paste tomato. The fruits are red with bright golden stripes and are medium sized, sausage shaped - some with a point at the end. Plants are quite productive with large clusters…[more]
A brand new dwarf release that is very special. It has lovely pink heart shaped fruit of medium size, about 4-8 oz. The flavor is excellent with a delightful sweet balanced flavor. The texture is…[more]
A cute tiny micro-dwarf with bright orange fruit that only grows about 10 inches tall. It will grow just fine in small pots and even inside in the winter – with light, of course. It handles heat just…[more]
This is a great one for all you space challenged growers. If grown in the ground it will only get to about 2 to 2 ½ feet tall but will be even smaller when grown in pots, probably under 2 feet. It…[more]
The classic Italian heirloom that is famous as the tomato to use for sun drying. Italians pull the whole plant at the end of summer and hang to dry in their backyards. Most of us now just use…[more]
Red Alert
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This one wins the prize for early! Small, 1” or less, red fruit grow on Very Small plants – under 2’. It will easily grow in a container, even a small one. Flavor is more tart and intense. It is quite…[more]
This is a really cute little plant that produces clusters of small red cherries on a small plant. It is great for growing in a container. Very productive! The fruit are very good and sweet – almost as…[more]
A very early paste tomato, it does well even in cold summers. Fruits are 2-3 oz and very productive. You get a big flush at one time as is a determinate plant. Good for sauce, canning and drying. The…[more]
A Dwarf Tomato Project variety perfect for growing in containers. In Craig’s own words – “58 days, dwarf, regular leaf rugose foliage, medium to large purple fruit, productive, just delicious with a…[more]
My grandma lived in Florida and I associate pink flamingos with her because she had them in her bathroom and we would go see them at the typical tourist attractions back in the 60’s. So, in her…[more]
Russian Swirl
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Another of the new dwarf tomatoes release by the Dwarf Tomato Project, this one is a smooth yellow with lovely red streaks and swirls. Fruit range from 6-12 oz and have excellent yields. Flavor is…[more]
Nice early compact plant that is very popular in South Dakota. Apparently the old timers like to use it for canning. The vigorous plants produce a lot of delicious red tomatoes, 8-12 oz in size that…[more]
Red, slightly flattened round tomatoes, of a very nice size for an early tomato with fruits of 10-12 oz and up. It contains few seeds and is good for eating fresh. A very reliable slicer, the flavor…[more]
The plants have beautiful silver hued leaves that are delicate and lacey and look similar to ferns or carrot leaves. Because the plants are so small, they will do well in containers or even deeper…[more]
A unique tomato with very compact growing habit that will grow well in hanging baskets. The fruit are a deep yellow round cherry with a great sweet flavor. They have a nice texture, neither mushy or…[more]
A new release from Artisan seeds, Fred says it is a small fruited, rust colored tomato with green to golden stripes. The interior is purple and green!  It is suitable only for home garden…[more]
Considered one of the best flavored of the dwarfs, it is a yellow tomato that may develop a pink blush on the blossom end when ripe. Fruit are nice and smooth, averaging about 6-10 oz, and have great…[more]
A little larger smooth green fruit of 6-12 oz or more are produced on this variety that grows about 4 feet tall. Flavor is nicely balanced and more sweet and fruity than the other 2 green dwarfs.…[more]
Fruit are very nice sized, 6-16 oz, red and smooth with a wonderful flavor, intense and complex. Talk is that this might be the best flavor of all the dwarfs. Production is very good.[more]
An attractive compact determinate plant with 3-6oz golf ball sized red fruits. Production is very good with the fruit having a really nice flavor, rich and juicy. Would make a great container plant as…[more]
This is a rare dwarf that comes from Russia. It is a vigorous grower of about 3-4 feet tall with heavy production. Fruit are medium to large, pink beefsteaks that are slightly ribbed. Beautiful and…[more]
A cute little dwaf plant loaded with 1-3 oz golden cherries that have pointy ends. This one is very productive with much more flavor than most yellows, they definitely have a little zing. The plant…[more]
A new fine release from the Dwarf Tomato Project. It produces nice smooth red beefsteaks ranging from 6-12 oz with a pleasant, well balanced flavor. The plants have quite high productivity.[more]
A cute little dwarf plant that works wonderfully in a hanging basket. Very prolific for such a tiny plant, it yields beautiful, slightly oval, pink cherries in clusters. This plant starts producing…[more]
A nice intense red paste that is excellent for growing in containers as it is very short in growth – almost a dwarf. Extremely productive of elongated 4” fruits that are meaty and excellent in flavor.…[more]

Dwarf And Container

In 2005, Craig LeHoullier of North Carolina commented in a Garden Web Forum that there was not much of a selection of dwarf tomatoes that had heirloom quality flavor. He thought it would be a good idea to breed some of the better ones with some good tasting heirlooms.

Patrina Patrina Nuske-Small of Australia decided to try a few crosses and see if they would pollinate. They did and the Dwarf Tomato Project was started. With a goal of creating great tasting dwarf tomatoes and an all volunteer crew on two continents, history is being made. No giant plant companies, no plant botanists, just ordinary gardeners who love tomatoes and the thrill of finding new varieties. Over the last 10 years almost 40 new varieties have been released that will bring great taste to space challenged gardeners.

For more information on the project or any of the varieties check out the Dwarf Tomato Project homepage and read Craig’s story of the project here.

We are happy to carry some of these varieties and will be adding more each year.

Dwarf plants have very thick central stems and unique wrinkly darker bluish green leaves that may be either potato or regular leaf in shape. They also start out smaller so seedlings will look smaller than regular tomatoes plants.

Please note that dwarfs are quite heavy producers and will need support to help with the weight of the branches even though they are short.

Many of the determinate plants are quite suitable for growing in containers as do not grow very large. Some will still need a little bit of support, but the usual tomato cages you get from the store will be sufficient for them. Most tomatoes grown in containers will need a container of a minimum of 5 gallons. 7 would be better and you can even grow an indeterminate in a container of 10 gallons or larger. You will need to water container grown plants often so remember to check the soil for dampness level. Growing in containers is great for those of you who are garden space challenged. You can even move the container to follow the sun if you have too much shade in your growing area. Tomatoes require 6-8 hours of sun a day to produce fruit and even longer is better. Tomato plants plus soil equal weight, so it might be a good idea to have your containers on casters if you need to move them.

We are also proud to carry Root Pouches – a biodegradable fabric container in sizes perfect for growing tomatoes. They are constructed of recycled water bottle fibers and natural fibers and should last around 6 years. Root Pouches make for happier plants as the roots can breathe and not circle around the pot as they are air pruned. This makes for really good root production and healthy plants. Pots are washable and reusable for many seasons.