Tomato 'New Big Dwarf'

Lycopersicon lycopersicum

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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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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Santa Monica, California

Valdosta, Georgia

Pratt, Kansas

Elgin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 25, 2016, karma168 from Santa Monica, CA wrote:

I grow in Earthboxes and live close the ocean. In the past I have not been able to grow Beefsteak tomatoes as it simple does not get hot enough where I live so production really low. That was until I tried growing New Big Dwarf. Last year was my first time trying any dwarf tomato. I also grew Rosella Purple Dwarf. I felt the New Big Dwarf flavor was a little better than average. For sure way better than anything you could get at the market. It is very juicy and a beautiful red. What was truly amazing though was the production. The plant only got about 4 feet tall but I got around 70 tomatoes from the thing. Amazing! Impossible! It's been around so long so people really love it. For me the Rosella Purple Dwarf was better. I love the black tomatoes but the production didn't com... read more


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


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... read more


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

Large beefsteak type tomatoes on 2 foot plants.