New Big Dwarf Tomato
Isbell's 'New Big Dwarf' tomato.

New Big Dwarf Tomato

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Large, pink fruit on compact, rugose leaf plants.
New Big Dwarf Certified Naturally Grown Seed

90 days, dwarf — S. M. Isbell & Co. bred this variety by selecting from crosses of 'Ponderosa' with 'Dwarf Champion' and released it in their 1909 seed annual. The goal, which they accomplished, was to produce a variety with large, pink fruit on compact, rugose leaf plants. In their 1915 catalog they wrote, "Isbell's New Big Dwarf is so distinct and so meritorious that we are proud to offer it to tomato lovers of America and the world. We earnestly hope everyone who receives our catalogue will plant this grand new sort in 1915."

Ninety years later, we believe that these words still ring true. It is a variety of merit. The large (one pound), delicious fruit develop on dwarf, short, bushy, two to four foot tall plants. It is also noted that they do well in pots. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.
This was the shortest dwarf plant I have grown.
This was the shortest dwarf plant I have grown (staying under four feet tall). But it was also one of the top producers in terms of total yield. And it held up extremely well in the weeks-long heat wave with almost no blossom drop.

The pink fruit ranged in size from 5 to 15 ounces, but typically were 8 ounces. They were very good tasting with a well-balanced flavor.

The only strike against it is the somewhat irregular fruit shape, though most are oblate with minor ribbing at the shoulders.

I grew it in a 10 gallon fabric pot and it produced well over twenty pounds of yummy tomatoes. Pretty impressive considering its short stature. Highly recommend (and I wish I could give it four-and-a-half stars).
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Reviewed by:  from 6b. on 12/29/2018
Delicious rich and complex flavor!
Thank you Victory Seed Company for supplying this wonderful variety of dwarf heirloom tomato. The seed germination rate was 100%. I am growing a few in 7.5 gal. pots and my neighbor is growing her New Big Dwarf in the ground. So far, two ripe tomatoes and I have to say that the flavor is outstanding! Sweet, then tangy followed by complex richness. Delicious! I am growing 37 different tomato varieties this summer and this tomato is number 1 for taste in pink tomatoes so far. I will be growing it again next year, but in the ground for increased yields and away from the heat of the patio which it doesn't like at all. A keeper in my garden.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Zone 6a Spokane. on 8/7/2015
Very good!
Planted two dwarf varieties and both were very late to produce, This one and Rosella Purple. This tomato is only just now producing fruit. It had blossoms in spring and summer but most fell off. I got about two tomatoes from each plant in the summer. Both were excellent. Now, both plants are beautiful and loaded with big fruit. There are tons of blossoms and fruits on both plants! The weather looks ideal for the next ten days! So I am hoping they all ripen! Both were grown in 15 gallon pots. With weekly spraying both remained disease free and very healthy with deep green leaves. Maybe it just gets too hot for them here in summer. I shaded both at 85 degrees and when we had a hot spell I brought them indoors. Next year I will start them earlier and go easy on the nitrogen and maybe they will produce earlier.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from San Fernando Valley, Ca. on 10/11/2017
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