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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Ceylon'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Ceylon

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, salad

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive PerennialConnection On Aug 31, 2013, PerennialConnection from Albion, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I started these from seed and have them growing in 3 different locations. Overall, I am very pleased with these in regard to yield, flavor and plant health. I started them to sell along with other heirloom plant starts at my greenhouse....they were not well received by people buying starts.....REAL tomatoes have curves folks, lol!

1) In the neighbor's garden, planted June 1. Sandy loam. Small tomato cage support. This is the worst looking plant....but it fruits heavily and consistently. This is also the worst tasting of the three trial plants.
2)Planted June 14. In a low-sided 10g pot. Bark-mix soil with 1c. worm castings. Once a week application of organic fertilizer and nutrients. Once a week application of 150ppm 20-20-20. CalMag foliar spray on 8-15. Plant is twined up a string that runs to a greenhouse bow 8' overhead. Just started fruiting 8-7-13.
3)Planted in ground May16. Loam with lots of compost, part shade....small garden in the city behind my house. Has been fruiting for 2 months consistently. Supported by being tied to tall bamboo sticks.

-- In all locations the fruit varies in size and shape. As small as 1.5" diameter and mostly round, up to 5" wide x 1.5" tall and deeply lobed. And any size and shape in between.
-- Flavor is bright and classic tomato with a hint of sweetness, especially in the smaller rounds cherry-type fruits. Good eating off the vine.
-- Plant is tall and vining, somewhat spindly. No problems with virus or B.E.-Rot.
-- Flesh thickness is medium, thin skin and juicy jelly interior.

I really like this plant. Its nearly the best of both worlds, especially if you want a slicing tomato AND a cherry tomato but don't have the space to grow both. The flavor is bold and delicious. It fruits early and is easy to grow. I had mentioned above that the "neighbor" plant looked the worst.....all the heirloom tomatoes I have trialed in that location that are supported by small tomato cages look horrible. I think the vining tomatoes need different support overall to grow well.

Remember, REAL tomatoes have curves!!

Positive deuteros On Jun 13, 2008, deuteros from Roswell, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I started about 10 varieties of tomatoes this year and these were the second to ripen (after the currant tomatoes). I planted them in the ground around April 15th and picked the first one on June 12th. The plants were very productive and produced lots of two inch tomatoes that looked liked miniature ribbed beefsteaks.

Positive DrDoolotz On Aug 5, 2007, DrDoolotz from Oxford, NS (Zone 5b) wrote:

Grew these for the first time this year - I found them to be very flavourful and a nice size. I would really call them a flattened cherry type of tomato, maybe slightly larger, but not by much. They are a zingy taste and work well in salads. I would not say they were very "ruffled" (see picture) but maybe that's just me.

Neutral paracelsus On Dec 28, 2005, paracelsus from Elmira, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grew this tomato two different years. The first year was very cold, dark, and wet, and this tomato did really well. The fruits were small and very ruffled, but they were good tasting when eaten fresh or made into sauce. The Ceylons were the only tomatoes that did not get tomato blight that year. The second year was very hot and dry, and this variety did not do very well. The plants were sickly and the fruits very small. I would grow this again if I knew the summer was going to be a cold and wet one.

Neutral Farmerdill On Aug 19, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

These small, ruffled red fruit are unique in appearance, but distinctive in flavor also. Their taste is rich and assertive, slightly sweet with a bit of zing added in. Only about 2 inches across, these flattened scalloped tomatoes appear in great profusion, perfect for cutting into halves for a salad or using on plates as a garnish. Indeterminate. 72 days.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Roswell, Georgia
Urbandale, Iowa
Jackson, Michigan
Campbell Hall, New York
Horseheads, New York
Fort Worth, Texas

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