Dwarf Tomato Project

Dwarf Tomato Plants...

Sturdy, attractive, productive!

  • Plants vary in height from 60-140cm (2 to 4.5 feet) depending on which variety is selected.
  • Dark and dense crinkly (rugose) foliage, thick central stem.
  • Tomatoes of all sizes and shapes, including some large fruits around 500 grams (18 ounces).
  • A broad range of flavours - sweet, tangy, fruity, and even a hint of saltiness - something to please everyone.
  • Fruit colours include green-when-ripes, bi-colours, stripes, blacks (purple & chocolate), pink, red, yellow, orange, white/ivory.
  • Easy to grow in pots, on balconies, or wherever space is limited.
 


 

A glimpse at some new varieties.

The Dwarf Tomato Project table at Tomatopalooza 2007 laden with wonderful colours, shapes, sizes and of course flavours!
 

A co-operative venture...

 Participants across the globe!

 

For latest project status read News & Events Announcement dated September 2013
 

How did it all begin?

Craig and Patrina, managers of the Dwarf Tomato Project, met in person for the first time for Tomatopalooza 2008, which was held in Efland, North Carolina.  It was an ideal time to discuss and plan the future of the project and its exciting outcomes, with many new and unique dwarf varieties already discovered in the first two and a half years.
 
 
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Creating new dwarf varieties...

No longer just a few rare types to choose from!


The first step in creating new varieties is selecting the breeding parents for the initial hybrids.  Flowers on dwarf tomato plants are pollinated with pollen from selected heirloom varieties of various colours and shapes.  The resulting crosses form a hybrid generation known as  the F1 generation, and the seeds of this new generation grow uniform non-dwarf plants and fruits.   Seeds saved from these fruits are the F2 generation. (Approximately one quarter of these will grow as dwarf plants due to dwarfism being a recessive trait.)
 
The next step involves many helping hands! Volunteers in both hemispheres grow plants from these seeds for 5 or 6 more generations, selecting the most promising "children" each season. This careful selection process is needed to stabilise new varieties, and project participants are free to name new types/varieties that they discover along the way.

A project grower with his crop.

 
 
 
David Lockwood (Sydney, Australia) found  very tasty green and yellow selections in Sneezy, and named them Summertime Green and Summertime Gold.  They are in the box which is centre front in the above photo. Without the help of such volunteers across the globe this project could never have happened.  Thanks to everyone involved!
 
 
The Dwarf Tomato Project now has a number of different fruit and dwarf plant types, including several potato-leaf varieties (another recessive trait) that formerly were rare.  We hope to soon add "heart" shapes to the growing list of new varieties.
 

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