I just finished paring down a seed order for tomatoes (if I had the space, I’d get one of each!), and I think I have finally made my choices. I’m ordering heirloom seeds and one or two hybrids. This order is only for the smaller, “novelty” tomato varieties. I’ll be ordering the seeds for larger tomatoes from another company.
I think I have found a type of tomato I have been looking for, like the ones we grew in the big bow window in our living room several winters ago. These were incredible plants, just a few inches tall, but they produced an astonishing number of small tomatoes all winter long. They tasted so good. I never knew what variety these tomatoes were… my aunt had given me the seeds and she did not remember. I have been searching garden centers and seed catalogs ever since, looking for a similar tomato that I could grow inside… with no success… but this year seems to be the year for houseplant-size, high-yielding tomatoes. I have found them offered by several of the major seed companies.
I’m ordering three varieties that I hope might be similar to the one I had… Red Robin (maturity 55 days) and Micro Tom Hybrid (maturity 88 days) that can both be grown as houseplants, and Tiny Tim (maturity 60 days) that is better suited to a larger container. I’m also ordering seeds for both the yellow and red Tumbling Toms… an indeterminate branching tomato that cascades down twenty or more inches and is suitable for a hanging container. I have no idea where I will grow these two, because neither of our porches gets enough sun, but I know I can find a sunny spot for them.
I’m ordering a Rainbow Cherry mix with ripe tomato colors ranging from green to purple to yellow to orange. Also some high-yielding tomatoes that can be grown outside in containers, like Martinos Roma, Oregon Spring, Glacier and Alaskan Fancy. And of course seeds for the Yellow Pear tomato… I always grow that one because I think it has the absolute best tomato taste.
Does anyone else like these smaller tomatoes? What tomato varieties… large or small… will you be growing this year?