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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon pimpinellifolium 'Spoon'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: pimpinellifolium (pim-pi-nel-ih-FOH-lee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Spoon

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
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:
Small (grape/cherry varieties)

Days to Maturity:
Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, salad

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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1 positive
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative art_n_garden On Sep 16, 2009, art_n_garden from Colorado Springs, CO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I bought these seeds online because of their novelty and they were as easy to start as other tomato seeds. The foliage is small, compact yet rambling and easily identifiable.

I'm giving this one a negative rating because while the tomatoes are plentiful, they are inedible to me: very bitter and not worth the space they took in my veggie garden. Won't be growing them next year...darn, I really wanted to like them.

Positive bolino On Jul 28, 2009, bolino from Swanton, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Positive so far! Just got my first ripe one, first in the garden!

The plant itself is really pretty, with small leaves, and if left to sprawl, perfectly symmetrical. It is loaded with hundreds of green tomatoes.

Will update this as soon as I have eaten a few! I did eat the one ripe one and it was good, but I need a larger sample!

Much earlier than 80 days, the first ripe one is 70 days since seedling was planted, and this is a late year for tomatoes because of the cool weather.

Neutral Big_Red On Dec 27, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

"So tiny, a bunch will fit into a teaspoon! Plants grow tall and fruits are super sweet....."


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

Orlando, Florida
South China, Maine
Swanton, Ohio

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