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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Red Robin'

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: Red Robin

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
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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5 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral betta5 On Jun 3, 2010, betta5 from Gainesville, FL wrote:

Red Robin was developed by the Sakata Seed company. It is a hybrid that was designed for basket use and seed cannot be saved (the company told me this when I inquired about that possibility) as the F2 generation would vary and not be the same as the parent plant. Still trying to grow this variety as seed purchased online did not produce the expected Red Robin "type", plant grew to be 2 feet tall, fell over (so not the sturdy tree type described) and produced orange tomatoes rather than red. Am trying again from a different seed source. I have seen this planted listed an an open pollinated heirloom which is inaccurate as hybrid status is confirmed.

Positive twiggybuds On Oct 29, 2008, twiggybuds from Moss Point, MS (Zone 8b) wrote:

This little plant is highly ornamental. I had 4 in pots on my patio and ended up with one because I gifted the others to people that oooed and ahhhed over them. They'd make a great gift for "retired" or handicapped gardeners with a sunny window.

Positive dda1974 On Jun 11, 2008, dda1974 from Bonaire, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Very sturdy compact plant. Decent taste. No troubles grown in a ten inch pot on the back porch.

Positive lizzistardust On Jun 1, 2008, lizzistardust from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

Lots of DELICIOUS cherry tomatoes for such a small plant. It does best in a pot outdoors, but a very sunny window lets it do alright inside. Ours even produce amazingly well in the shade, though they're leggier than the ones on the sun.

I highly recommend this variety for anyone who has to stick to container gardens.

Negative Suze_ On Jun 24, 2007, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

The fruits are early, and the plants are very compact. However, I found the the flavor to be extremely bland even when grown outdoors in ideal conditions.

Positive melody On Oct 1, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

A nice cherry type tomato that is quite happy in a pot. It even will produce in less than favorable conditions, making it a nice tomato for an indoor windowsill. There will not be as many tomatoes, and the flavor will lack a bit, but you can actually get tomatoes inside from this plant.

The picture is a good example of this variety. Short, stocky plants with fruit held in tight clusters.

Positive maxcastree On Sep 7, 2004, maxcastree from Melbourne
Australia wrote:

This is a prolific bearer, and is best grown in a a 10 inch pot.
Does not seem to like an open garden environment, and is ideal in a pot on a patio or similar. Very sweet and very hardy plant.
Comes back true to type each year from seed taken from ripe fruit.


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

Rogers, Arkansas
Carmichael, California
Sacramento, California
Orion, Illinois
Benton, Kentucky
Sterling Heights, Michigan
Moss Point, Mississippi
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Elgin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas

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