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Tomato 'Tiny Tim'

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: Tiny Tim
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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; 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

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:

Hartford, Alabama

Long Beach, California

Yucaipa, California

Molino, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Clarksville, Indiana

Jeanerette, Louisiana

Las Vegas, Nevada

Troy, New York

Columbus, Ohio

Wilsonville, Oregon

Elysburg, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Franklin, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Elgin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Richland, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 4, 2015, rosytoo from chehalis,
United States wrote:

I started the seed for Tiny Tim on Aug. 3rd in a 6" pot. It started blooming 5 weeks later. I brought it in when the weather started to get chilly. At Thanksgiving, I had 6 ripe tomatoes. Right after that group ripen, another group ripened. It has remained small enough to sit on the windowsill. We have very little sunshine in the winter, so I was impressed that it did so well. I wanted to have fresh tomatoes through winter and that's what it gave me, so I am happy with this little tomato. Next year, I'll probably grow two of them for winter growing. I also grew Red Robin at the same time for comparison. It got taller, but didn't have nearly as much fruit.


On Jan 27, 2015, Meganjana from Adelaide,
Australia wrote:

I grew 2 Tiny Tims from seed which are now in pots in full sun. They sit right next to a standard cherry tomato plant which is producing heaps of ripe fruit. The TT's are probably about 40 centimetres tall and have produced quite a bit of fruit (& even more flowers) but they are all green and some of them quite big for a cherry tomato. I was wondering if anyone would know why the fruit is just not ripening? I treat it the same (watering and fertilizing) as the standard plant. So confused! :(


On Nov 30, 2014, zark from Elysburg, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

I started a few Tiny Tim plants on January 7th 2014, “of course indoors here in central PA.” I did get a few toms off the plants early spring while in the house and in pots. Not all that tasty at that time. Late May I put a couple plants outdoors in the raised bed and they liked it. Grew well and made a real impressive amount of toms for such a small plant. I don’t understand why these plants are listed as determinate. They continued to grow all summer and produce more and more as the season went on. They seemed to peek in taste about late August here. We had the attack of the Late Blight here late summer. With a few fungicide treatments they did well, may not have even needed help?


On Jan 27, 2013, lilrandy from Baldwin, LA wrote:

This is a great little tomato plant, and makes an excellent "starter" garden, especially for kids. It is very forgiving, so they really do not need as much attention as their larger heirloom counterparts. I've never had one get over 18" high, but it bears unbelievable amounts of fruit for its small stature. I've used Tiny Tim's for cubscout projects over the past few years. Rarely has it failed to amaze the little ones.


On Aug 30, 2010, tomatofrog from Echuca,
Australia wrote:

Mine was grown in a medium sized pot.It was not overly big,about 30 centimetre's. First dwarf I have grown. Fruit was translucent but rock like! Taste was ok.


On Aug 29, 2010, JULIETABER from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I started a Tiny Tim from seed in May last year. The plant lived most of the way through the winter in a hanging basket and produced dozens and dozens of little tomatoes.


On Jul 19, 2010, Grow_Pittsburgh from Pittsburgh, PA wrote:

Incredible… This little 18 inch tall plant is a power house. The beautiful deep green leaves never turned yellow or showed any signs of wilt at all. I tried to let it go with out staking but the fruit was way too heavy. That is not knocking the strength of the plant either. The vines are very thick and able to handle its own weight during a very bad rainstorm. They didn’t even sag in the least, until the fruit started coming on. At this point I realized I need to stake them.

I’ll bet the fruit out ways the plant by 3 to 1. This little guy produces a nice round salad size cherry tomato. Not to big not to small. The fruit has a medium thickness skin, nice meaty flesh on the outer wall and a small pocket of seeds in the middle. The taste is more like a very mild full size toma... read more


On Aug 4, 2009, jackfrost from Troy, NY wrote:

Although the plant is supposed to grow to ten inches when grown in pots, my plants are topping 35 inches, and still growing. I have not had any ripe tomatoes as of yet so I can not comment on the taste of the fruit.


On Dec 10, 2006, Miola from Kotka,

I have grown this tomato twice and it is not so small than this page indicates. I have had about 50-70cm tall plant. I have kept it in a pot with diameter of about 30cm, because it would be too big plant to a little pot. I like this tomato, although in the end of the summer the taste is not so good and the peel is thicker than in the beginning.


On Sep 12, 2006, MikeyJoe from Clarksville, IN wrote:

I grew two of these plants this year, one did quite well and the other was stunted and sickly. They were grown side by side in the same kind of pots on my patio. Neither produced very many Tomatoes but I have not given up on Tiny Tim just yet. I think I might try it as a houseplant and see how it does.


On Feb 15, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 1945 introduction from the Department of Horticulture, University. of New Hampshire, Durham. This is a small container plant. It will mature in a 3 inch pot. While it will grow in a flowerbed in open soil, its best use is as a house plant. It is prolific for its size. Taste? Well I don't eat cherry tomatoes but folks to whom I have supplied plants haven't complained.


On Aug 10, 2003, nme88 wrote:

Tomato plant were tested with Acidic, Neutral and Basic water. The tomatos grew best in the acidic!


On Jul 14, 2003, PanamonCreel from Celaya,
Mexico (Zone 10a) wrote:

Small plant for decoration purpose. Small scarlet red fruits with an odd unappealing (to me) flavor.


On Sep 27, 2002, jl84094 wrote:

Very small plant, looks like a ground cover. Can be grown in 6" pot or window box.