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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'New Big Dwarf'

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: New Big Dwarf
Registered or introduced: 1915

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
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)
Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive oldude On May 24, 2009, oldude from New Iberia, LA wrote:

Very good flavor and large pink fruit. Will grow to 5í-6í tall when grown in hydroponics. It grows upright much like a large broccoli plant and the fruit are hidden under the foliage. The fruit do not separate easily from the stem and are best cut with a knife or pruning sheers. Itís a keeper with resistance to TSWV

Positive Suze_ On Jan 18, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very good flavor and large fruit for such a small plant. Plants can top out at up to four feet.

Variety history, from the Victory Seeds website:

"S. M. Isbell & Co. bred this variety by selecting from crosses of 'Ponderosa' with 'Dwarf Champion'. Their goal, which they accomplished, was to produce a variety with large, pink fruit on compact, rugose leaf plants. It was released it in their 1915 seed annual with the following words, "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 fruits develop on dwarf, short, bushy, two to four foot tall plants. It is also noted that they do well in pots."

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 24, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Large beefsteak type tomatoes on 2 foot plants.


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

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Valdosta, Georgia
Pratt, Kansas
Elgin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas

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