Tomato 'Indigo Rose'

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: Indigo Rose
Hybridized by Jim Myers, Oregon State University
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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

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:

Los Altos, California

Menifee, California

Oakland, California

Danbury, Connecticut

Pompano Beach, Florida

Barbourville, Kentucky

Silver Spring, Maryland

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Liberty Hill, Texas

Amissville, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 16, 2016, tomatochick from Danbury, CT wrote:

I'm a veteran tomato grower who grows a minimum of 20 different varieties each year and of every variety I've ever grown over a 15 year period, this was by FAR the most disappointing! Prior to growing this, I never met a tomato I didn't like at least a little, but the watery nature of this tomato combined with its "ick" flavor means I honestly have to give it a gigantic thumbs down! I'm at a loss for how to adequately describe its taste, other than to just say "funk". I know it's touted as being high in antioxidants, but so are blueberries and they taste MUCH better! Please do yourself a favor and skip this one, or at the very least if you are dead-set on trying it make sure it's an "overflow" plant not taking up a prime spot in your garden. It's a smaller plant, so you could probably... read more


On Jul 7, 2015, maxjohnson from Pompano Beach, FL wrote:

I'm here to defend this variety a bit since there are many people who say it is bland tasting, probably due to not letting it ripen enough or lack of sun hours. This variety is not for the impatient.

Here in Florida, this variety one is of the slower grower in my garden. Even though developed by OSU, I believe it benefit from a long growing season with lots of sun. It do not grow very tall and is sturdy, so from my experience a 6ft tall stake is enough and cages not required. It also doesn't seem to put out a lot of suckers so I never pruned the plant.

It is moderately productive. It takes a long time for the fruit to ripen, where the skin lose most of the purple and is almost red throughout, and the inside is deep red. If the inside is not yet deep red it won... read more


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.


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.


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.


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