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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Indigo Rose'

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: Indigo Rose
Hybridized by Jim Myers, Oregon State University

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3 vendors have this plant for sale.

13 members have or want this plant for trade.

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Small (grape/cherry varieties)
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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1 positive
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral grik On Aug 19, 2014, grik from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

I tried this plant this year for the novelty. As others have noted, the flavor is not terrific. I found them to be somewhat watery. I agree the unripe fruits seem to sit on the vine a long time before ripening. I probably won't plant it again.

Negative papayaman On Jun 2, 2013, papayaman from Los Altos, CA wrote:

The Indigo Rose plant produces tomatoes with a unique look, but the taste from my experience in 2012 was rather bland. Additionally, I was disappointed that these tomatoes took longer to ripen than I would have expected for a tomato of this size.

Positive gregr18 On Aug 29, 2012, gregr18 from Bridgewater, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

These are very easy to grow and quite striking on the vine. The dark purple/black coloring of the fruit doesn't indicate ripeness but is caused by the anthocyanins reacting with sunlight. Parts of the tomato not expose to direct sun will turn red when ripe. Yield has been about average.

I've read bad comments on some websites about the flavor. If the fruit gets good and ripe, it gives a slight floral flavor when first bitten into, and the 'finish' is a little watery, but not terribly so. It isn't a great tasting tomato, but the flavor is quite a bit better than the average supermarket tomato.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 29, 2011, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Supposedly the darkest tomato developed thus far, very high in anthocyanins. 1-2 ounce cocktail sized fruits. Several folks here at DG have grown this one and commented on it, but this is first time I have seen it available commercially


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

Los Altos, California
Menifee, California
Oakland, California
Barbourville, Kentucky
Silver Spring, Maryland
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Liberty Hill, Texas
Amissville, Virginia

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