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Home>Vegetable Seeds>Tomato>Dwarf Tomato Project
Dwarf Tomato Project Releases
An opportunity for space-challenged gardeners to experience the different colors and delicious flavors that were previously only available in tall growing (indeterminate) heirlooms! 

These varieties were all made possible and made available to you by the "Dwarf Tomato Project" - A group of all volunteer, amateur, hobby gardeners led by Craig LeHoullier and Patrina Nuske-Small.  See below for the rest of the story.

 ( Solanum lycopersicum formerly Lycopersicon esculentum )
Packets contain approximately 20 seeds unless otherwise noted.

[Although we separate seeds during the harvest process, you may find small clumps of multiple seeds in your packet.  Separate into individual seeds before planting.]

[Growing Guide & More Information] [About Tomato Colors]

Please remember that maturity dates are from time of setting plants into the garden.  Additionally these dates will vary from location to location and even from year to year.  They are for rough planning purposes only.

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Adelaide Festival Tomato
Adelaide Festival Tomato
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Banksia Queen Dwarf Tomato
Banksia Queen Dwarf Tomato
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Barossa Fest Tomato
Barossa Fest Tomato
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Big Green Dwarf Tomato
Big Green Dwarf Tomato
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Boronia Dwarf Tomato
Boronia Dwarf Tomato
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BrandyFred Dwarf Tomato
BrandyFred Dwarf Tomato
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Bundaberg Rumball Tomato
Bundaberg Rumball Tomato
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Chocolate Champion Tomato
Chocolate Champion Tomato
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Chocolate Lightning Dwarf Tomato
Chocolate Lightning Dwarf Tomato
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Clare Valley Red Tomato
Clare Valley Red Tomato
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Coorong Pink Tomato
Coorong Pink Tomato
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Dwarf Andy's Forty Tomato
Dwarf Andy's Forty Tomato
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Dwarf Arctic Rose Tomato
Dwarf Arctic Rose Tomato
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Dwarf Awesome Tomato
Dwarf Awesome Tomato
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Dwarf Barossa Moon Tomato
Dwarf Barossa Moon Tomato
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Dwarf Beauty King Tomato
Dwarf Beauty King Tomato
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Dwarf Bendigo Blush Tomato
Dwarf Bendigo Blush Tomato
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Dwarf Bendigo Dawn Tomato
Dwarf Bendigo Dawn Tomato
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Dwarf Bendigo Drop Tomato
Dwarf Bendigo Drop Tomato
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Dwarf Bendigo Moon Tomato
Dwarf Bendigo Moon Tomato
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Dwarf Bendigo Rose Tomato
Dwarf Bendigo Rose Tomato
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Dwarf Beryl Beauty Tomato
Dwarf Beryl Beauty Tomato
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Dwarf Black Angus Tomato
Dwarf Black Angus Tomato
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Dwarf Blazing Beauty Tomato
Dwarf Blazing Beauty Tomato
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Dwarf Caitydid Tomato
Dwarf Caitydid Tomato
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Dwarf Confetti Tomato
Dwarf Confetti Tomato
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Dwarf Crimson Sockeye Tomato
Dwarf Crimson Sockeye Tomato
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Dwarf Egypt Yellow Tomato
Dwarf Egypt Yellow Tomato
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Dwarf Emerald Giant Tomato
Dwarf Emerald Giant Tomato
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Dwarf Firebird Sweet Tomato
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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.

No one involved with the "Dwarf Tomato Project" receive compensation for their part in developing these new varieties.  None are botanists nor 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 make these varieties available to you.  We have added all of the varieties to our seed catalog and will continue to add new releases as they become available.

As of December, 2018, the eighty-four varieties listed below are the "Dwarf Tomato Project" introductions organized by the "families" that they were developed from.

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.
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 Confetti' (2018), 'Dwarf Peppermint Stripes' (2018)
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)
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)
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), 'Yukon Quest' (2011), 'Sleeping Lady' (2011), 'Dwarf Arctic Rose' (2012), 'Bundaberg Rumball' (2015), 'Clare Valley Red' (2018)
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)
Hazy was created by Vince Lavallo by crossing 'Purple Haze' with 'Dwarf Wild Fred' in 2010. 'Dwarf Mary's Cherry' (2018)
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)
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 line in 2012. Dan Follett and Craig LeHoullier did a bit of work on the Leggy line as well. 'Dwarf Melanie's Ballet' (2018)
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)
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 Pink Passion' (2015), 'Dwarf Golden Heart' (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'. 'Maralinga' (2016), 'Dwarf Mahogany' (2016), 'Waratah' (2016), 'Tanunda Red' (2016), 'Sturt Desert Pea' (2016), 'Kookaburra Cackle' (2016)
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)
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)
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 Jade Beauty' (2011), 'Dwarf Beryl Beauty' (2011), 'Dwarf Emerald Giant' (2011), 'Summertime Green' (2011), 'Summertime Gold' (2011), 'Dwarf Mr. Snow' (2011). 'Dwarf Kelly Green' (2013), 'Dwarf Sweet Sue' (2013), 'Summer Sunrise' (2013). 'Summer Sweet Gold' (2015)
Snowy was created by Ray South in 2009 by crossing 'Snow White Cherry' with a red, F2 selection from the Sleepy line. '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 Pride' (2018), 'Dwarf Andy's Forty' (2019)
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)
Tasty is the result of a cross made by Vince Lavallo in 2008 between 'Brandywine' and 'Dwarf Wild Fred'. 'TastyWine' (2016), 'BrandyFred' (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), 'Sweet Scarlet Dwarf' (2015), 'Banksia Queen' (2015). 'Dwarf Golden Gypsy' (2016), 'Dwarf Orange Cream' (2016)
Wishful was created by Patrina Nuske Small in 2007 by crossing what ended up being a crossed plant of Farmers Market Bicolor with Dwarf Recessive (cross). '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 Yellow' (2016), 'Kangaroo Paw Green' (2016), 'Kangaroo Paw Brown' (2016)

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

Check out the new book from our good friend . . .

"Epic Tomatoes" - by Craig LeHoullier

Craig LeHoullier's Epic Tomatoes BookSavor your best tomato harvest ever! Dr. LeHoullier, tomato adviser for Seed Savers Exchange, offers everything a tomato enthusiast needs to know about growing more than 200 varieties of tomatoes — from sowing seeds and planting to cultivating and collecting seeds at the end of the season.

He also offers a comprehensive guide to the various pests and diseases of tomatoes and explains how best to avoid them. No other book offers such a detailed look at the specifics of growing tomatoes, with beautiful photographs and helpful tomato profiles throughout.