Rosella Purple Tomato
'Rosella Purple' tomato.

Rosella Purple Tomato

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Oblate, 6-12 ounce, deep purple-pink fruit. Intense, balanced flavor.

75 days, dwarf — 'Rosella Purple' is 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 were David Lockwood (Australia), Lee Newman, Dee Sackett, Paola Gelmetti, Linda Black, Susan Anderson, Patty Brown, Reinhard Kraft (Germany) and Bill Minkey. It was introduce by the Victory Seed Company for the 2011 gardening season and was one of the first introductions from the Dwarf Tomato Project. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.
My new favorite tomato!
I purchased this tomato along with the "New Big Dwarf" tomato and while both were very good tomatoes, I love this one the best. The fruits are big, meaty and super delicious! A beautiful color inside too! Other reviewers stated that it produced late in the season and that is true. It is Oct. 11 and it only just now set a ton of fruit. All are growing well. Next year I will start the seeds earlier and restrict the nitrogen in hopes of getting an earlier crop. Stayed disease free with weekly spraying. I shaded when temps went to 85 or above. Now I have to cover in plastic at night cause temps are dipping below 55. I just hope I can keep the plant happy long enough for the fruit to ripen! Been a long season!
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from San Fernando Valley, CA. on 10/11/2017
5/5
Wow!
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.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Zone 6a Spokane. on 8/7/2015
5/5
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
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Brooklyn, NY. on 1/30/2016
1/5
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.
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Reviewed by:  from Middle Tennessee. on 8/8/2015
5/5
Late produce but plentiful
Flesh is a bit too dense and mushy but excellent sweet yet complex flavor. Might make a good, yet unusual, tomato for canning. It was very late to produce fruit.

Survived hot 90F and above temps in a fourteen-inch planter. Flowers would not set during the heat nor did the spring flowers. The first tomatoes were very small and misshapen. Toward the end of the season I was getting plenty of larger tomatoes. I had many not ripen on time before frost. Most flowers were dropped.

The plant will need staking due to the weight of the tomatoes. Most flowers if not all of them were megablooms. Almost all my tomatoes were oddly shaped. Sizes varied between five and nine ounces. I will try it again in 2017 in a larger planter and see if I can get it to start producing earlier.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Yucaipa, CA. on 12/19/2016
4/5
Tasty Purple Tomato
Rosella Purple gets a lot of attention for a dwarf variety, but it truly deserves all the praise it receives. It has a nice depth of flavor with a sweet overall profile.

The plant is around four feet tall and, like all the dwarf indeterminates, benefits from some type of support.

Fruit average between 5-8 ounces in weight, though a few approach 12 ounces. The interior flesh is balanced between meaty and juicy... this works well for sandwiches (but I like to just eat them sliced up by themselves).

The production is above average, and the fruit are oblate. The color is a very pretty deep purple/brick red.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from 6b. on 8/31/2019
5/5
Probably won't plant again
I grew one of these Rosella Purple dwarf tomatoes in an Earthbox alongside a Dwarf Purple Heart dwarf tomato. The Rosella Purple plant was a good size for the Earthbox (~ 2.5 - 3 ft tall) and had a good taste. I probably won't plant the Dwarf Rosella Purple tomato again because it is very prone to cracking and has a fairly short shelf life. None of the Dwarf Purple Heart tomatoes cracked and they were grown in the same Earthbox.

Victory Seed Notes: Thank you for your feedback. 'Rosella Purple' has always performed spectacularly here in large containers and in the field and is our most popular dwarf variety, selling out almost every year. Your observations of how it performed for you in an Earthbox is very interesting. Thank you for sharing. ~Mike
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Tennessee. on 10/17/2019
3/5
Astonishing Flavor!
The Master Gardeners of San Juan County just had a tomato tasting, and Rosella Purple was the hands down winner. Rosella Purple has a unique, complex, intriguing, almost lemony tang. So many different flavors in one tomato it's really hard to describe them all, but this was an amazing flavor. Everyone loved this tomato. So delicious. Can't wait to grow way more plants next year!
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from San Juan County, Washington. on 9/12/2019
5/5
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.
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Reviewed by:  from Texas. on 5/10/2012
5/5
Delicious
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.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Southern California. on 8/28/2013
5/5
This is a real winner! Think Cherokee Purple quality...on a short plant!
I just love this dwarf project tomato. The quality of the fruit - just wonderful, intense flavor reminiscent of Cherokee Purple - on such a short, compact plant is amazing. To everyone who is trying this one out - what do you think? To me, it is one of the best dwarf project releases so far!
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Reviewed by:  from Raleigh, NC. on 6/29/2011
5/5
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