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<br><b>Sold Out for 2019</b>
Rich purple fruits and green stripes that ripen to olive-gold. Excellent balanced flavor.
$2.75
Banksia Queen Dwarf Tomato
Delicious, juicy, pale-yellow flesh with a good balance of sweet and tart.
$2.75
Barossa Fest Tomato
Smooth, globe shaped, pale yellow fruits with a bit of blossom-end blush; juicy with a nice sweet flavor and tart aftertaste.
$2.75
Big Green Dwarf Tomato
Nice, well balanced, medium intensity flavor that is fruity, sweet and somewhat melon-like.
$2.75
Boronia Dwarf Tomato
Resembles 'Cherokee Purple' but on a compact, determinate dwarf plant.
$2.75
BrandyFred Dwarf Tomato
Purplish-black, 10-16 oz. fruit possessing a rich, well-balanced delicious flavor.
$2.75
Bundaberg Rumball Tomato
Productive, 2 to 3 oz., round, chocolate-colored fruit with delightful, balanced, sweet flavor.
$2.75
Chocolate Champion Tomato
Fruits are 2-6 oz., red with chocolate-brown shoulders with a nicely balanced and very tasty flavor. Productive.
$2.75
Chocolate Lightning Dwarf Tomato
Smooth, slightly oblate, 4-8 oz., chocolate colored with jagged green and gold stripes.
$2.75
Clare Valley Pink Tomato
Round, pink, small to medium sized tomatoes with a nice balanced flavor.
$2.75
Clare Valley Red Tomato
Beautiful, globe shaped, small to medium sized, red colored tomatoes on sturdy, compact plants.
$2.75
Coorong Pink Tomato
Large yields of small to medium pink fruits. Smooth-skinned with a well-balanced flavor.
$2.75
Dwarf Andy's Forty Tomato
Oblate shaped, brown colored with vertical green stripes, 4-8 oz., mildly balanced, slightly sweet flavor.
$2.75
Dwarf Arctic Rose Tomato
Fruits are smooth, round to oblate, 3 to 8 ounce and ripen pink. Nice balanced flavor.
$2.75
Dwarf Awesome Tomato
Yellow with red streaking, 6-8 ounce, round to oblate-shaped, fruits with excellent flavor.
$2.75
Dwarf Barossa Moon Tomato
Ivory-colored, 2-4 oz. fruit ranging from round to oval in shape and deliver a mildly sweet, pleasant flavor.
$2.75
Dwarf Beauty King Tomato
Medium-sized, oblate-shaped, red fruit with vertical gold striping. Rich, balanced flavor.
$2.75
Dwarf Bendigo Blush Tomato
Oval shaped, pink colored, 1-2 oz., cherry tomatoes with a sweet, well balanced flavor.
$2.75
Dwarf Bendigo Dawn Tomato
Productive; small, 1-2 oz., pink, slightly oval-shaped, cherry sized tomatoes that are very tasty.
$2.75
Dwarf Bendigo Drop Tomato
Oval shaped, pink colored, cherry tomatoes. Excellent for snacking.
$2.75
Dwarf Bendigo Moon Tomato
Tons of oval shaped, ivory to pale yellow, 1-2 oz, cherry tomatoes. Perfect for salads and snacking.
$2.75
Dwarf Bendigo Rose Tomato
Slightly plum shaped, pink, large cherry-type tomatoes; average 1-2 oz. each.
$2.75
Dwarf Beryl Beauty Tomato
Dwarf plants. Bright green. Flavor is balanced, full and delicious.
$2.75
Dwarf Black Angus Tomato
Smooth skinned, 6-12 oz., oblate shaped, purple fruits with a rich, well-balanced flavor.
$2.75
Dwarf Blazing Beauty Tomato
The flavor sparkles with an ample tart bite and is quite intense.
$2.75
Dwarf Caitydid Tomato
Smooth, oblate, yellow with red swirls. The flavor is well balanced and delicious.
$2.75
Dwarf CC McGee Tomato<br><b>Sold Out for 2019</b>
Productive plants, 4-8 oz., ivory colored, oblate shaped tomatoes with elements of both sweet and tart in a full, delicious flavor.
$2.75
Dwarf Confetti Tomato
Delicious, 8-12 oz., round to slightly oblate shaped, bright yellow fruit with yellow and pink stripes.
$2.75
Dwarf Crimson Sockeye Tomato
Large yields of medium pink fruits. Smooth-skinned with a well-balanced flavor.
$2.75
Dwarf Egypt Yellow Tomato
Beautiful, oblate shaped, bright yellow colored, 6-12 oz. tomatoes with juicy and mild.
$2.75
 
 
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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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)

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 award winning 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.


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