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Lycopersicon esculentum var.cerasiforme 
(ly-koh-PER-see-kum  ESS-kew-len-tum var. see-ras-if-FORM-ee)
Family: Solanaceae
Common name: ‘Tiny Tim’
Zone: 9 – 11 
Height: 10-18 in (25-45 cm)  Spread: 12-14 in (30-35.5 cm)
Aspect: sun; partial shade
Soil: humus-rich; moist
Water: regular

Days to Maturity: 45 – 55 from transplanting
Seed Life: 4 years

Description: An open-pollinated, dwarf bush (determinate), high-yielding variety with deep green leaves. Clusters of globe-shaped, red fruits ½ – ¾ in (1.3-2 cm) in diameter, weighing 0.4 – 0.5 oz (12-14 gr) from mid-summer to late summer.

Special Notes: This popular tiny tomato was bred by Dr. Albert F. Yeager, specifically to be grown in pots, and introduced in 1945. In fact, it does not do well in the ground. Can be grown year-round indoors. Its parents are Tomato ‘Window Box’ and Tomato ‘Red Currant’ (1700s).

May need staking to help stalk support fruit clusters as the weight of the yield can outweigh the plant’s weight 3:1.

Plant maintains dwarf height and high-yield production when placed in full sun. Will tolerate less sunlight but plant will become lanky, less tidy and yield less fruits.

How to Use: Snacking; in salads

Pests & Diseases: Tolerant of, or resistant to Alternaria alternata sp. lycopersici (Alternaria stem canker) and Stemphylium solani (grey leaf spot)

In our Zone 7a garden: I grew these one year in small pots on the front porch railing. Very productive. Flavour a mixture of sweet and tart. Regret I did not bring the 2 plants indoors at the end of August to keep them going over the winter. Apparently, this is doable. 

Posted on February 13, 2021