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PlantFiles: Wild Tomato, Cherry Tomato
Lycopersicon esculentum var. cerasiforme

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: esculentum var. cerasiforme

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Unknown - Tell us

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:
Small (grape/cherry varieties)

Days to Maturity:
Early (55-68 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, salad

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sprigsky On Oct 15, 2006, sprigsky from Scappoose, OR (Zone 9a) wrote:

I am growing this plant in a suburb of Portland, Oregon. Planted into the soil in early June and had ripe tomatoes in mid August. The flavor is wonderful. Plants are indeterminate, and so just keep growing. Mine now are about 7' diameter and 2' high. It is mid October and I am still picking them regularly (no frost yet). This year they have been entirely disease free.

Positive mspenta On Sep 2, 2004, mspenta from Deer Park, TX wrote:

This tomato is the easiest and best tasting I've ever grown. They make a so-so salad into fabulous. I love these little gems.

Positive IslandJim On Oct 3, 2002, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a genuine wild tomato from Mexico. The fruits are about 1/2" in diameter and borne in clusters of about six. It has the best flavor of any tomato i've ever tasted--acid and sweet. In addition to salads, it is especiually good in uncooked pasta sauces. The fruit is also a favorite of mocking birds, so it often turns up in places least expected.


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

Venice, Florida
Scappoose, Oregon
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Deer Park, Texas

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