28. September 2020

Update: My Micro Dwarf Tomatoes

Most of the micro dwarf tomatoes I decided to grow here in Oak Hill Cottage Garden are doing just fine. I did the sowing already in November of last year. Here's an update!

Micro dwarf tomatoes in a pot.

Some of my micro dwarf tomatoes have changed shape slightly because of the strong winds up here on the hill.

 

Do you remember the potted micro dwarf tomatoes I grew indoors last winter? I sowed some of the plants already in November and they have actually been doing great since. Some of you who follow Sara's Kitchen Garden have been wondering what happened to them, so I decided to make a little update and show you! I keep a number of pots with potted tomatoes outdoors in my Oak Hill Cottage Garden and most of them produce plenty of tomatoes.

If you want to know more about how I got started with these micro dwarf tomatoes, you can check out the clip below:

 

 

Sowed Early and Transplanted Late

I moved the plants outside in early summer when the temperature was relatively good. It took a while up here in zone 3 though, and I only got to do it in June. We had a very cold spring here in southern Sweden.

My plants have actually had a challenging time up here on the hill, with lots of wind and sometimes colder temperatures. It's almost always windy up here. And, my cottage isn't my permanent home of course. The garden here is more of a part-time project. During summer, I noticed that some of my plants got a bit dry.

 

More about tomatoes: Tomatoes in bottomless buckets

 

En grön tomatplanta i kruka med massor av röda tomater på. Micro dwarf tomatoes with little red fruits.

Vilma produces plenty of red little tomatoes. They ripen quickly and grow quickly too.

 

Most of the plants look good though! My favorite one is probably Vilma, a variety that I've grown for several years now. The tomatoes have all fallen off now and they taste absolutely wonderful when they ripen in the sunshine outside. Ripening the tomatoes on the window sill or under a grow light just isn't the same.

 

Read more about micro dwarf tomatoes: How to grow early tomatoes

 

One of the other micro dwarf tomatoes I decided to grow hasn't impressed me as much. One of the smallest tomato varieties in the world, called Micro Tom, really is small. And sadly, I really don't think that the taste makes up for it either. The tomatoes just aren't that good unfortunately.

 

My Micro Tom grew very small, and so did the tomatoes. They were difficult to remove from the plant and some of them broke when I started picking them.

 

Wilted micro dwarf tomatoes with little red fruits.

I put this Vilma plant right outside the door, where it was subjected to lots of wind and strong sunshine. It looks like it might have late blight too and it dried up a little, but the tomatoes keep coming anyway. Pure life force for these micro dwarf tomatoes!

 

It's already September and these plants have like I said been with me since November. Now, it's going to be very interesting to see how long I can keep them outside. I hope to take a few of them inside when it gets colder. Not sure if I'm going to keep the entire plants or just take cuttings. We'll see!

 

Read more: Tomatoes from sowing to harvest

 

En tomatplanta i grå lerkruka.

If it seems like the plants were affected by blight, you might want to take them inside and try to grow your micro dwarf tomatoes by a sunny window instead.

 

Read more about growing vegetables: 10 Cabbage varieties and how to grow them

 

I don't know what the future holds, but I'm still very happy about what my micro dwarf tomatoes have been able to produce so far. If I don't misremember, I was actually able to harvest these tomatoes from April until now. Around five months, that is! I put a batch in the freezer almost every day it seems. These tomatoes will be a wonderful addition to my simple lunches here in Oak Hill Cottage!
/Sara Bäckmo

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