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Rosella Purple Tomato
Rosella Purple Tomato
Rosella Purple Tomato
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Rosella Purple Certified Naturally Grown Seed

75 days, tree-type — This was a Victory Seed Company introduction for 2011 and one of the dwarf varieties from the "Dwarf Tomato Project."  Similar to 'Cherokee Purple' in color, size, shape and flavor but on a dwarf growing plant.  Regular leaf, dark green rugose foliage, stout central stem, grows to three to four feet in height.  Perfect for a large container or a small garden space.  The fruits are oblate, ranging from six to twelve ounces, and ripen to a deep purple-pink color.  Flavor is full, intense, balanced and delicious.

'Rosella Purple' originated from a cross between 'Budai' (a small red fruited dwarf) and 'Stump of the World', made in 2006 by Patrina Nuske Small in Australia.  A subsequent selection discovered by Craig LeHoullier led to 'Rosella Purple'.  It was grown out to its ninth generation before being released, and is a quite stable open-pollinated variety, but still may produce the occasional off-type plant.

Others involved in its development are David Lockwood (Australia), Lee Newman, Dee Sackett, Paola Gelmetti, Linda Black, Susan Anderson, Patty Brown, Reinhard Kraft (Germany) and Bill Minkey.  Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.
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Never got more than 6 inches ...
All five never made it out of their solo cup. Was grown indoors, under 300 watt LEDs. Growing at least ten other varieties, including dwarf and heirlooms. This was the only tomato that didn't make it. All seeds germinated fine but oddly dropped leaves frequently. Developed thick stalks, but foliage would just die, stunting growth. Every other tomato was fine, in the same soil, nutes, etc. The ones that were still alive developed weird growth at the nodes. As the majority of leaves died, I uprooted them to check and found none were root bound, and the roots looked fine. If I can grow Black Krim and German Johnson indoors, this should have been a breeze. Seriously disappointed.

VSC NOTES: Reviews are generally meant to describe the characteristics and attributes of a variety and not address specific cultural issues. However, this is interesting and may be of value to others. Personally, I do not have a theory why some of Ben's tomato plants do fine in the environment that he described while this one variety did not. As you can see from other reviewers, this is a popular and successful variety.

I do not believe that it is genetics that caused the plants to fail. We start all of the thousands of plants that we grow, indoors, under lights, including this variety, without fail. However, we use potting soil and not hydroponics. ~Mike
Reviewed by: Ben Angotti from Brooklyn, NY. on 1/30/2016
Crazy delicious!
I absolutely love the flavor of these Rosella's. I have five plants and all required staking. I grew two plants each in seven gallon fabric grow bags and I couldn't be happier. Next year I'll be trying many more Dwarf tomato plants from Victory Seeds.
Reviewed by: Tamera Marcus from Middle Tennessee. on 8/8/2015
What a tomato! This created heirloom dwarf is better tasting than both my Cherokee Purple and Paul Robeson varieties are this year. The taste is sweet,intense and complex. It was one of the earliest tomatoes to ripen in my garden. Also, Rosella Purple is the most productive of the six of my dwarf tomato varieties I'm growing out this year.
Reviewed by: Shelley P Hauser from Zone 6a Spokane. on 8/7/2015
These tomatoes are unbelievably sweet. The fruits are huge--nearly twice the size of my fist. The plant would be very productive if it was not dropping all of the flowers in the last month or so. I'm not sure why it is dropping so many, since we have had highs in the 80s. Be sure to have support for it. Although the plant is small and compact, without support it has a tendency to fall over and have all of the tomatoes against the ground.
Reviewed by: Amber Schooley from Southern California. on 8/28/2013
This is one of the best tasting tomatoes I've sampled. - Excellent
I'm in total agreement with Craig's review. I just had the wonderful experience of tasting this variety last Friday (May 4th). Just over fifty days to maturity of first fruit. Harvested three in under 60 days. This is one of the best tasting tomatoes I've sampled.
Reviewed by: Jay Scott from Texas. on 5/10/2012
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