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Dwarf Mary's Cherry Tomato
Round to oblate, purple, small, 2-4 oz., with an excellent, complex flavor.
$2.95
Dwarf Melanie's Ballet Tomato
Pink, 2-4 ounce, paste-type tomatoes with an excellent, slightly sweet flavor.
$2.95
Dwarf Metallica Tomato
Fruit are 4-16 oz., are pink in color with green stripes, oblate to slightly heart shaped, and slightly sweet and tangy.
$2.95
Dwarf Mint Streak Tomato
Elongated, globe shape, 2-5 oz., golden-green with green stripes; Flavor is described as being mild with a slightly tart finish.
$2.95
Dwarf Moby's Cherry Tomato
Bright yellow to orange colored, flattened-globe shaped, one to two ounce cherry-type fruit.
$2.95
Dwarf Moliagul Moon Tomato
Oblate, ivory to yellow colored, 2-6 oz., fruit with a well balanced, slightly sweet and tangy, flavor.
$2.95
Dwarf Mr. Snow Tomato
Dwarf plants with smooth, oblate, 6-10 oz., lovely ivory colored fruits.
$2.95
Dwarf Mystic Lady Tomato
Productive, four to six ounce, pink colored, round shaped tomatoes with a well balanced, pleasant flavor.
$2.95
Dwarf Noah's Stripes Tomato
Smooth, oblate, 4 to 10 oz., fruit that are purple with green colored striping. An excellent slicing tomato, with a rich, well balanced flavor.
$2.95
Dwarf Numbat Tomato
Medium small round tomatoes, striped with green and gold on the outside, and green, tart, tasty flesh. It is very prolific.
$2.95
Dwarf Orange Cream Tomato
The flavor is superb - intense, rich, and with a lively tang.
$2.95
Dwarf Parfait Tomato
Medium to large, 6-12 oz., clear skinned, green fleshed tomatoes with a distinct orange core and a well balanced, delightful flavor.
$2.95
Dwarf Peppermint Stripes Tomato
Oblate, green with light and dark green and pink striped skin, green with pink marbling, 8-12 oz., delicious slicer.
$2.95
Dwarf Perfect Harmony Tomato
Productive plants. Medium-large, up to 20 ounce, bright orange colored, oblate shaped tomatoes with a distinctly tart, full flavor.
$2.95
Dwarf Pico's Pride Tomato
Small to medium sized (2-6 oz.), bright yellow, oblate shaped fruit that have a clean, intense, delicious flavor.
$2.95
Dwarf Pink Livija Tomato
Smooth skinned slicing tomato, four to fourteen ounce, oblate shaped, pink colored fruit that have a delightful balanced flavor.
$2.95
Dwarf Pink Opal Tomato
Cherry-type fruits, 1-3 oz., pink colored with an excellent flavor. Very productive.
$2.95
Dwarf Pink Passion Tomato
Early and productive. Heart-shaped, pink fruit with a delightful, balanced, sweet flavor.
$2.95
Dwarf Purple Heart Tomato
Productive, medium to large sized (6-16 oz.) heart shaped purple tomatoes.
$2.95
Dwarf Purple Heartthrob Tomato
Heart-shaped, 4 to 10 ounce, fuit with well balanced, delicious, classic tomato-ey flavor; Purple with nearly metallic looking green stripes. It will really stand out in your gardens.
$2.95
Dwarf Round Robin Tomato
Fruit are thick and meaty, globe shaped,2-3 oz., dark red color, with darker shoulders and green stripes; well balanced flavor.
$2.95
Dwarf Russian Swirl Tomato
Medium sized (four to twelve ounce), bi-color, oblate-shaped fruits.
$2.95
Dwarf Sarah's Red Tomato
Blocky, red-colored fruits, weigh from 4-10 ounces each. Very good flavor.
$2.95
Dwarf Saucy Mary Tomato
Elongated fruits are juicy, flavorful, 4-6 oz., green-fleshed when with dark and light green stripes.
$2.95
Dwarf Scarlet Heart Tomato
Compact, dwarf plants producing small (3 to 6 ounce), red, heart-shaped fruits.
$2.95
Dwarf Snakebite Tomato
Pink colored, 4-16 oz., oblate shaped fruit that are tasty, tangy and tart. A very nice slicing tomato.
$2.95
Dwarf Sneaky Sauce Tomato
Meaty, 4-6 oz., red, slightly heart-shaped tomatoes with a fine, well balanced, pleasant flavor.
$2.95
Dwarf Speckled Heart Tomato
Heart shaped, 5-12 oz., scarlet red fruit with golden stripes; its meatiness is perfect for sauces, its rich flavor makes it perfect for sandwiches and salads.
$2.95
Dwarf Sunny's Pear Tomato
Its paste-type fruit weigh 1-2 ounces each, are yellow-orange in color, and have a well balanced, pleasant flavor.
$2.95
Dwarf Suz’s Beauty Tomato
Slightly oblate, bright yellow with red stripes, 5-8 oz. fruits and yellow flesh with a central red blush. Distinctive, assertive and well balanced flavor.
$2.95
 
 
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In 2005, Craig LeHoullier (aka nctomatoman) of Raleigh, North Carolina, long time heirloom tomato enthusiast and SSE member, discussed an idea with Patrina Nuske-Small of Australia in a forum on a popular gardening website. Craig and his wife, Susan, had been selling tomato seedlings locally for years, and customers would often request varieties that could be grown on decks or patios and still be tasty and delicious.

Craig knew of a very few so-called dwarf varieties, distinct from the determinate types, in that the flavor seemed in general to be better in the dwarfs. These dwarf types are very distinctive in having a thick central stem, stout compact growth, and dark green, crinkly looking (so-called rugose) foliage. As a collector of old seed catalogs, Craig ran across a listing for 'New Big Dwarf' in the 1915 Isbell Seed Company catalog. What caught Craig's eye was that the creation of 'New Big Dwarf' was clearly described! This involved a cross between a medium sized pink-fruited dwarf called 'Dwarf Champion' (well known from the late 1800s), with the largest known tomato at that time, 'Ponderosa'. After crossing and several generations of selection, 'New Big Dwarf' was released. It kept the compact growth of its 'Dwarf Champion' parent, but with the large sized fruit of 'Ponderosa'. It was clear that Isbell's approach was successful, yet strangely never further explored to create a range of new dwarf growing varieties with large fruit, in different colors.

Through their online chats, Craig and Patrina, who was also an avid heirloom tomato gardener and skillful at carrying out crosses, Craig explained the 'New Big Dwarf' story to Patrina. So Craig and Patrina designed a project in which some strategic crosses would be made, the resulting new hybrids grown out, then seeds shared for work on selection of promising new varieties, followed by several generations to reach a stable new non-hybrid variety with the desired characteristics.

Around this same time, a new tomato chat website called Tomatoville emerged. It provided a structure for both tracking the project, as well as a magnet for the kind of extreme tomato enthusiasts who could make up a perfect team of volunteers to accomplish a plan of this scope. Craig set about gathering volunteers in North America, while Patrina did the same in Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. By working the project across hemispheres, two growing seasons could be achieved in one calendar year, thus reducing the new tomato variety development time by half.

Armed with more than one hundred willing volunteers, the project set off with the first crosses being grown out in 2006. Over a decade has passed and in that time, over forty interesting crosses have been made by Patrina and others, resulting in dozens and dozens of possible color, size and shape combinations. Craig and Patrina are quite sure that this is the very first, all volunteer, world-wide tomato breeding project in documented gardening history. (Stay tuned for a new book from Craig about the whole adventure!)

No one involved with the "Dwarf Tomato Project" received compensation for their part in developing these new varieties. None were professional botanists, plant breeders, or horticulturists; just avid gardeners with a keen interest in learning about tomato genetics or discovering interesting new tomatoes. They have done this awesome work out of a sense of purpose and a passion to create new choices for home gardeners.

The Victory Seed Company, along with three other small companies, were chosen by the project to produce seed and introduce these varieties to the gardening public. From the beginning, the Victory Seed Company has been committed to act as the project's de facto "seed bank," maintaining all of the varieties. We have also, over the years, trialed varieties at various stages of their development.

As of December, 2018, 108 varieties have been officially introduced by the "Dwarf Tomato Project." The table below describes the various working "families" from which these varieties were developed. Although the project has now been officially closed, several additional varieties are near completion and will be introduced by us over the next few years.

Dwarf Tomato Project "Family" Variety and Introduction Date
NOTE: Introduction dates noted below reference the growing season for which the varieties were introduced in North America and not the year that stabilization work was completed.
Acey was created by Craig Lehoullier by crossing 'Variegated' with 'Dwarf Mr. Snow'. It was named by Craig for his grandfather, Walter Gibbs (the real inspiration behind Craig's love of gardening). 'Dwarf Elsie's Fancy' (2021), 'Dwarf Pico's Pride' (2021), 'Dwarf Walter's Fancy' (2021)
Beauty is the result of a cross made in 2008 by Vince Lavallo between 'Beauty King' and the F5 generation of 'Dwarf Wild Fred'.'Chocolate Lightning' (2014), 'Dwarf Beauty King' (2017), 'Dwarf Firebird Sweet' (2017), 'Dwarf Confetti' (2018), 'Dwarf Peppermint Stripes' (2018), 'Dwarf Suz's Beauty' (2019), 'Dwarf Noah's Stripes' (2020)
Cheeky is the result of a cross made during the Australian Summer of 2006/07 by Patrina Nuske Small between 'Golden Dwarf Champion' and 'Cherokee Chocolate'. 'Chocolate Champion' (2014), 'Big Green Dwarf' (2014)
Cheerful was created by Patrina Nuske Small by crossing 'Summertime Green' with 'Sweet Adelaide' in 2013. 'Dwarf Black Angus' (2018)
Dainty originated from a cross made by Patrina Nuske Small between 'Summertime Gold' and 'Sleeping Lady'. 'Dwarf Jasmine Yellow' (2018), 'Dwarf Maura's Cardinal' (2019), 'Dwarf Mystic Lady' (2019), 'Dwarf Amy's Ohio' (2020), 'Dwarf Dainty Isabel' (2020)
Dizzy is the result of a cross made during the Australian Summer of 2007/08 by Ray South between the F3 generation of 'Dwarf Russian Swirl' and 'Lucky Cross'. 'Wherokowhai' (2014)
Dopey is the result of a cross made during the Australian Summer of 2005/06 by Patrina Nuske Small between 'Golden Dwarf Champion' and 'Orange Russian #117'. 'Dwarf Russian Swirl' (2015)
Fancy originated from a cross made by Sherry Long between a selection from the Sunny famliy and 'Orange Pear'. 'Dwarf Goldfinch' (2019), 'Dwarf Parfait' (2019), 'Dwarf Sunny's Pear' (2019), 'Dwarf Grinch' (2020), 'Dwarf Tanager' (2021)
Frosty is the result of a cross made in 2008 by Vince Lavallo between 'Spudakee' and the F4 generation of 'Dwarf Wild Fred'. 'Dwarf Wild Spudleaf' (2016)
Grumpy is the result of a cross made during the Australian Summer of 2005/06 by Patrina Nuske Small between 'Budai Torpe' and 'Black from Tula'. 'Iditarod Red' (2011), 'Sleeping Lady' (2011), 'Yukon Quest' (2011), 'Dwarf Arctic Rose' (2012), 'Bundaberg Rumball' (2015), 'Clare Valley Red' (2018), 'Clare Valley Pink' (2019)
Happy is the result of a cross made during the Australian Summer of 2005/06 by Patrina Nuske Small between 'New Big Dwarf' and 'Paul Robeson'. 'Tasmanian Chocolate' (2011), 'Perth Pride' (2012), 'Boronia' (2014), 'Sweet Adelaide' (2014)
Harmony family originate from a cross made by Patrina Nuske Small between 'Dwarf Blazing Beauty' and 'Dwarf Sweet Sue'. 'Dwarf CC McGee (2019), 'Dwarf Perfect Harmony' (2020), 'Dwarf Pink Livija' (2021)
Hazy was created by Vince Lavallo by crossing 'Purple Haze' with 'Dwarf Wild Fred' in 2010. 'Dwarf Mary's Cherry' (2018), 'Dwarf Hazy's Dream' (2019), 'Dwarf Vince's Haze' (2019)
Hearty was created when Vince Lavalle crossed 'Berkeley Tie Dye Heart' with 'Dwarf Purple Heart'. 'Dwarf Purple Heartthrob' (2021)
Ivalde was created by Soren Linnemann by crossing 'Vjerino Paradajiz Sjeme' with 'Wherokowhai' in 2011. 'Dwarf Awesome' (2018)
Jaunty is the result of a cross made during the Australian Summer of 2007/08 by Ray South between the F3 generation of 'Dwarf Russian Swirl' and 'Lucky Cross'. 'Lucky Swirl' (2016)
Kiwi was bred by Sherry Long who crossed 'Dino Eggs' with an F2 selection from the "Lazy family" in 2012. 'Dwarf Saucy Mary' (2018), 'Dwarf Jeremy's Stripes' (2019), 'Dwarf Round Robin' (2020)
Lazy is the result of crossing 'Kangaroo Paw Brown' (F4) with 'Purple Russian'.
Leggy was created by Sherry Long who crossed 'Orange Banana' with an F2 selection from the "Lazy family" in 2012. Dan Follett and Craig LeHoullier did a bit of work on the Leggy line as well. 'Dwarf Melanie's Ballet' (2018), 'Dwarf Laura's Bounty' (2019), 'Dwarf Tiger Eye' (2019), 'Dwarf Almandine' (2020)
Messy is the result of a cross made by Vince Lavallo in 2008 between 'Pink Berkeley Tie Dye' and the F5 generation of 'Dwarf Wild Fred'.'Fred's Tie Dye' (2015)
Morty is the result of a cross made by Craig LeHoullier between 'Pale Leaf Mullens Mortgage Lifter' with 'Summer Sunrise'.'Dwarf Zoe's Sweet' (2021)
Muddy was created by Ray South by crossing 'Black Cherry' with 'Golden Dwarf Champion' in 2008. 'Dwarf Pink Opal' (2018), 'Dwarf Velvet Night' (2018)
Nosey is the result of a cross made during the Australian Summer of 2007/08 by Patrina Nuske Small between 'Roza Vetrov' and 'Anna Banana Russian'. 'Dwarf Golden Heart' (2015), 'Dwarf Pink Passion' (2015), 'Dwarf Lemon Ice' (2016), 'Dwarf Scarlet Heart' (2016)
Pesty is the result of a cross made during the Australian Summer of 2007/08 by Patrina Nuske Small between 'New Big Dwarf' and 'Mortgage Lifter (Pesta Strain)'. 'Dwarf Caitydid' (2016)
Plentiful is the result of a cross made during the Australian Summer of 2008/09 by Patrina Nuske Small between the F2 generation of 'Wilpena' (from the "Sleepy family") and 'Cherokee Purple'. 'Coorong Pink' (2016), 'Dwarf Mahogany' (2016), 'Kookaburra Cackle' (2016), 'Maralinga' (2016), 'Sturt Desert Pea' (2016), 'Tanunda Red' (2016), 'Waratah' (2016)
Plucky originated from a cross made by Ray South between 'Galina' and 'Golden Dwarf Champion'. 'Dwarf Galen's Yellow' (2019), 'Dwarf Desert Star' (2020)
Porky is the result of a cross made by Vince Lavallo in 2008 between 'Brad's Black Heart' and 'Dwarf Wild Fred'. Dwarf Purple Heart (2015)
Quirky originated from a cross made by Ray South between 'Green Zebra' and a red-fruited selection from the "Cheeky family." 'Dwarf Numbat' (2019)
Rosy is the result of a cross made during the Australian Summer of 2008/09 by Patrina Nuske Small between 'Rosella Purple' and 'Orange Heirloom'. 'Uluru Ochre' (2015), 'Loxton Lass' (2016), 'Loxton Lad' (2016), 'Mallee Rose' (2016)
Sleazy is the result of a cross made in 2005 by Bruce Bradshaw between 'Carbon' and 'New Big Dwarf'. 'Dwarf Wild Fred' (2011)
Sleepy is the result of a cross made during the Australian Summer of 2005/06 by Patrina Nuske Small between 'Budai Torpe' and 'Stump of the World'. 'Rosella Purple' (2011), 'Rosella Crimson' (2014), 'Tanunda Red' (2016), 'Willa's Cariboo Rose' (2017), 'Wilpena' (2019)
Sneaky was created by Patrina Nuske Small by crossing an F3 selection of 'Kangaroo Paw Red' with 'Grozny 91' in 2008. 'Dwarf Egypt Yellow' (2018), 'Dwarf Sarah’s Red' (2018), 'Grandpa Gary’s Green' (2018), 'Dwarf Sneaky Sauce' (2018)
Sneezy is the result of a cross made during the Australian Summer of 2005/06 by Patrina Nuske Small between 'Golden Dwarf Champion' and 'Green Giant'. 'Dwarf Beryl Beauty' (2011), 'Dwarf Emerald Giant' (2011), 'Dwarf Jade Beauty' (2011), 'Dwarf Mr. Snow' (2011), 'Summertime Gold' (2011), 'Summertime Green' (2011), 'Dwarf Kelly Green' (2013), 'Dwarf Sweet Sue' (2013), 'Summer Sunrise' (2013). 'Summer Sweet Gold' (2015), 'Barossa Fest' (2016)
Snowy was created by Ray South in 2009 by crossing 'Snow White Cherry' with a red, F2 selection from the "Sleepy family." 'Dwarf Barossa Moon' (2018), 'Dwarf Bendigo Blush' (2018), 'Dwarf Bendigo Dawn' (2018), 'Dwarf Bendigo Drop' (2018), 'Dwarf Bendigo Moon' (2018), 'Dwarf Bendigo Rose' (2018), 'Dwarf Mandurang Moon' (2018), 'Dwarf Moliagul Moon' (2018)
Softy is the result of a cross between 'German Red Strawberry' with Livingston's 'Dwarf Stone' made by Sherry Long in 2012. 'Dwarf Hannah's Prize' (2018), 'Dwarf Andy's Forty' (2019), 'Dwarf Edith Stone' (2021)
Speckly was created by Craig LeHoullier by crossing his favorite indeterminate paste variety, 'Speckled Roman' with 'Dwarf Golden Heart'. 'Dwarf Buddy's Heart' (2021), 'Dwarf Speckled Heart' (2021)
Streaky is the result of a cross made during the Australian Summer of 2007/08 by Ray South between an F2 generation of the "Cheeky family" and 'Black Zebra'. 'Sarandipity' (2015)
Sunny originated from a cross made by Patrina Nuske Small between an F2 selection from the "Tipsy family" with 'Orange Heirloom'.
Tasty is the result of a cross made by Vince Lavallo in 2008 between 'Brandywine' and 'Dwarf Wild Fred'. 'BrandyFred' (2016), 'TastyWine' (2016)
Tidy is the result of a cross made during the Australian Summer of 2008/09 by Patrina Nuske Small between 'Rosella Purple' and 'Pink Berkeley Tie Dye'. 'Adelaide Festival' (2014), 'Tennessee Suited' (2016), 'Dwarf Sockeye Crimson' (2016)
Tipsy is the result of a cross made during the Australian Summer of 2006/07 by Patrina Nuske Small between 'Golden Dwarf Champion' and 'Elbe'. 'Dwarf Blazing Beauty' (2014), 'Banksia Queen' (2015), 'Sweet Scarlet Dwarf' (2015), 'Dwarf Golden Gypsy' (2016), 'Dwarf Orange Cream' (2016)
Wishful originated from a cross made by Patrina Nuske Small in 2007 using seeds that Craig LeHoullier had sent her. One parent was an unknown, crossed, large yellow/red bi-color that Craig had gotten as a fruit at a farmers market. The second parent was a rather unspectacular, but rare potato leaf dwarf variety called 'Dwarf Recessive' that Craig obtained from the USDA in the early 2000s. It is USDA accession number PI 270220. 'Dwarf Franklin County' (2018)
Witty is the result of a cross made during the Australian Summer of 2005/06 by Patrina Nuske Small between 'Budai Torpe' and 'Cherokee Green'. 'Sean's Yellow Dwarf' (2014), 'Kangaroo Paw Brown' (2016), 'Kangaroo Paw Green' (2016), 'Kangaroo Paw Yellow' (2016)
Zelly was created when Craig LeHoullier crossed 'Rosella Crimson' with 'Everglades'. 'Dwarf Johnson's Cherry' (2021)

For more information, you can check out Craig's project page by clicking here, or Patrina's project page by clicking here.


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