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Tomato 'Juliet'

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: Juliet
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Growing Habit:


Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Small (grape/cherry varieties)

Days to Maturity:

Early (55-68 days)

Fruit Colors:


Seed Type:

American hybrid


Fresh, salad

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Birmingham, Alabama

Russellville, Alabama

Sierra Vista, Arizona

Tempe, Arizona

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Fremont, California

Fresno, California(2 reports)

Fullerton, California

Half Moon Bay, California

Manteca, California

Martinez, California

Morgan Hill, California

Palo Alto, California

San Diego, California

Santa Barbara, California

Temecula, California

West Sacramento, California

Willows, California

Casselberry, Florida

Deland, Florida

Deltona, Florida

Inverness, Florida

Parrish, Florida

Augusta, Georgia(2 reports)

Snellville, Georgia

Laie, Hawaii

Athol, Idaho

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Chicago, Illinois

Morton Grove, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Wilmington, Illinois

Fort Wayne, Indiana(2 reports)

Wichita, Kansas

Covington, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Slaughter, Louisiana

Zachary, Louisiana

Anson, Maine

Cambridge, Massachusetts(2 reports)

East Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Provincetown, Massachusetts

West Roxbury, Massachusetts

Gobles, Michigan

Zeeland, Michigan

Kansas City, Missouri

Saint Louis, Missouri

Doniphan, Nebraska

Imperial, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Las Vegas, Nevada(2 reports)

Bedford, New Hampshire

Red Bank, New Jersey

Brewster, New York

Carmel, New York

Clifton Park, New York

Himrod, New York

Hornell, New York

Taberg, New York

Durham, North Carolina

Cleveland, Ohio

Greenwich, Ohio

Boise City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Central Point, Oregon

Clackamas, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Sunnyside, Oregon

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hemingway, South Carolina

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Leoma, Tennessee

Austin, Texas(2 reports)

Brazoria, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Harwood, Texas

Helotes, Texas

Houston, Texas

Irving, Texas

La Vernia, Texas

Manor, Texas

Richmond, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

San Marcos, Texas

Chester, Virginia

Radford, Virginia

Roanoke, Virginia

Winchester, Virginia

Bellevue, Washington

Lyle, Washington

Rock Springs, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 1, 2019, oldkid1943 from San Antonio, TX wrote:

Tip: This plant will take all the water you want to give it as long as you have reasonable drainage. Don't let it dry out to leaf curl. Every 14 days a heaping tablespoon of Superbloom or similar high middle no. fertilizer. As to negative comments about taste: one tablespoon Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) per gallon of water when you fertilize every 10-14 days improves sugar content and thus flavor. This plant will become a monster and you must keep it tied up off the ground, as you should keep all tomatoes off the ground. Mine is over six feet wide now and it has been in the ground just over 3 months. We have harvested over 15 pounds already and have almost five more months of production ahead here in San Antonio. If the season is like our previous one, I expect to be harvesting... read more


On Apr 2, 2016, farmerboy from Central Point, OR (Zone 7a) wrote:

Bought Juliet 3 years ago. Has reseeded itself every year since. The plants will spread to 5 ft. on each side of the root stem. Each plant will bear many buckets of Grape Tomato's over the summer.


On Jan 14, 2016, rwouhaybi from Portland, OR wrote:

Productive and strong plant, however the tomatoes were tasteless. If I wanted a supermarket tomato, then I would buy one. Will not plant again!


On Jul 21, 2015, Bluesbird from Morton Grove, IL wrote:

A winner for sure! This tomato has outperformed all my other varieties for the past three years. This year is no exception, even with the very cool, wet summer we've had, which has stunted my other tomatoes.
I've been picking healthy, sweet, delicious fruit for about two weeks already, and if past performance is still an indicator, I'll be picking them well into the fall.


On May 31, 2015, JPfromNH from Bedford, NH wrote:

Tried Juliets last season. An effortless variety to grow in direct sun here in NH. We were picking tomatoes until the hard frosts in the late fall, long after my other varieties had stopped producing. A great way to extend your harvest.


On Jan 30, 2015, in2art from Bellevue, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is one of the varieties I grow every year. It is one of the first to start ripening (along with 4th of July) in our cold, damp PNW area. They are great for Salsa, as they are meatier than some other varieties.

I can imagine that if you grew them in a very dry area, they might be dry - they are much less juicy than some other types of tomatoes, but I find that to be perfect for salsa...and they are definitely not dry here. I like the flavor too. I eat them while out in the garden working as a treat.


On Dec 25, 2014, Opus27no2 from Slaughter, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Longest production season. Fruit is delicious from our plants; don't know why other posters have had taste and texture issues. We made jar after jar after jar of salsa from these never-ending fruit until December. when we pulled it up to winterize.


On Oct 13, 2013, between from Temecula, CA wrote:

Positive experience for last year's crop, disaster for 2013. Last year I dehydrated 4,935 juliets(yep, counted every one of them) and couldn't keep up with the tremendous production from just two juliets in a 3'x12' raised bed. Very good flavor.
This year I had to pull one out before even blossoms appeared, and the other we got maybe 200 fruits before the plant just stopped production and started to look terrible. I thought the several days of 105 degrees we had was the cause, which maybe did have an effect, but eventually I removed the plant in August and was shocked at the root knot nematodes damage. We did the solarization on the raised bed during the week or so of 100+ degrees, and the bed is still plastic covered. I hope they cooked several times over.
I can't blam... read more


On Aug 12, 2013, goulot from Canton, MI wrote:

I grew these last year, and gave some plants to a neighbor. The plants were covered with tomatoes, until late in the season (I had enough green tomatoes for about eight jars of green tomato preserves). But these tomatoes were hard, even when ripe, and tasteless.

My neighbor agreed with me. She did not even bother to harvest her late green tomatoes. She just left them on the vine. I could see them from my upstairs window, and I don't think they even rotted until much later in the winter (that's how tough these tomatoes are).

Update - October 22, 2017

The first time I grew 'Juliet', I must have had a bad batch of seeds. This year, I bought one Bonnie 'Juliet' plant and it was not the same as the one I grew from seeds. The size is the sam... read more


On Apr 9, 2013, WillyFromAZ from Sierra Vista, AZ (Zone 8b) wrote:

A remarkable tomato that just produces and produces--hundreds of small plum-type tomatoes. This one is a regular in my high desert garden in Sierra Vista, AZ.


On Jan 24, 2013, riceke from Snellville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Outstanding production, large cherry size fruit more like a small plum. Healthy strong plant, highly disease resistant. Couldn't keep up with the fruit ripening. It is one of the top ten plants in my book. Almost can say you can't fail with this one.


On Sep 8, 2012, nwh from Chicago, IL wrote:

I grew 1 Juliet tomato this year in a 20 gallon container w/ mostly compost. By far this is one of the most productive plants I've seen. I've been picking Juliets every day for over 2 months, since early July. And there are still lots of tomatoes on the plant. For me the flavor is not as strong as other varieties, but it's still tasty and pleasant. These are great for snacks or salads or to bring in your lunch.


On Jun 15, 2012, KCorley from Houston, TX wrote:

Only tomato I grew this year that will get a NEGATIVE rating from me. In my garden, the fruit was hard, thick-skinned (and even somewhat dry) and the flavor ranged from bland to downright bitter. Other than exhibiting above-average production and long shelf life, there was nothing appealing about this tomato.


On May 26, 2012, drthor from Irving, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I love this tomato. It always performs so well in my TX garden. I love the taste too. I slice it and use in salads. I will grow it every year.


On Feb 6, 2012, ManorRox from Manor, TX wrote:

I planted this tomato late July and once the Central Texas heat died down it produced tons of fruit which ripened without any issues. I gave this plant a negative rating because the taste of the fruit was lacking. Since it is a hybrid, seeds cannot be collected either (which I would not do due to the taste). I'll stick with the wonderful taste of the heirloom varieties.


On Jan 12, 2012, burntumber from Anson, ME wrote:

This is by far my favorite tomato for growing. I'm the epitomy of the lazy gardener. Juliet pretty much grows itself. I don't do anything other than put seeds in the soil with a couple handfuls of composted manure and black plastic as weed barrier. I used to start transplants but that's not even necessary. Sometimes I don't even bother with cages. The fruit is perfect for anything, being it's a cross between a paste and cherry. The best point: It's disease resistance outshines any variety I've grown, leaps and bounds. It never fails.


On Dec 7, 2011, donnyczech from Sioux Falls, SD (Zone 4b) wrote:

I grew one plant in 2011 and that was enough. It grew 10 feet tall and produced a lot of fruit. Not the tastiest fruit in the garden, but if you grow it, you will have tomatoes. I will plant one in 2012.


On Sep 18, 2011, CenFL_garden from Casselberry, FL wrote:

Juliet is doing very well in Central Florida.With a good care its producing lile crazy!. A little harder skin, but if picked early is not too bad. Good for salads. Not sweet taste, not sour either.


On Aug 11, 2011, kczsweetie from central, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

First time Juliet grower and boy does this baby produce! Plants are about 4.5 ft. tall, and is in no way confined to the large tomato cage it's in. Actually, it's at least as wide as tall and producing everywhere. No special attention given to it: planted in Illinois soil tilled with a small bit of year-old manure, and only watered when there is a severe drought.

Tomatoes are all completely blemish-free. I happen to like the flavor, compared to say a Roma, and the size is perfect to quarter into salads. I agree with others that Juliet does not necessairly have a sweet flavor like a cherry type, but I also would not consider it comparable to a bland winter supermarket tomato. Just a solid general tomato flavor. I suppose you could categorize the skin as being a bit th... read more


On Apr 5, 2011, papakosm from Tulsa, OK wrote:

Ive grown over 150 varieties of tomatoes over 40 yrs. Half of my tomato crop is Juliets. It has a true tomato flavor, is very sweet also, and out performs any other variety. It has kept fresh on my countertop for two weeks. It can be processed chopped and frozen and come out of the freezer and actually taste like a fresh tomato. However, it only has that incredible flavor during our hot months of summer. It is bland early and late in the year. If you're a southern gardener, this is an absolute must! If you live in an area that is not as hot, all I can say is I'm so sorry.


On Jan 21, 2011, Californian from Fullerton, CA wrote:

I think the thick skin is a benefit. Even if the fruits fall off the vine and lay on the ground they don't spoil even after several days. And they are easy to pick because they break off cleanly and easily from the vine. The taste isn't as sweet as some other cherry size tomatoes, but I use them to make sun dried tomatoes. The thick skin also makes them sun scald resistant, which is a big problem for me here in southern California.


On Aug 9, 2010, lycodad from Hornell, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

This variety grew and produced well, with lots of fruit to pick. Like other growers, I found these tomatoes sort of bland when eated fresh off the plant. I have found that the fruits age well, however, and sweeten up a bit after being off the vine for awhile. Still not as sweet as many other cherries.


On Aug 5, 2009, csgarden from Roanoke, VA wrote:

As mentioned, very prolific and beautiful fruit, but the skin is tough. I'll probably grow again, just because it's so prolific.


On Jan 8, 2009, m_two from Saint Louis, MO wrote:

One of the best performing tomatoes ever in my MO garden. Must have patience as the fruit turns bright right red before full ripeness and flavor arrive. The best flavor was achieved when fruit was left to ripen on the vine until color darkened and fruit softened slightly. Skin never split, even during the wettest summer weather ever. Easy bite size portions make it a great snack.


On Dec 10, 2008, toughgardengeek from Bethpage, NY wrote:

I am on the fence with this one. Very heavy production, flavour is a bit bland to me, but not bad (my mom likes it allot). Tough skin mentioned by some, for me it was not a problem. Fruit does hold well on the plant for a long time without cracking. At season end, it's the last tomato still producing good ripe fruit. Last summer (2009) was very wet, and it ws the last to get late blight (it was the first time ever that I had late blight).


On Dec 4, 2008, KSBaptisia from Beatrice, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

It is a prolific producer and the tomatoes look beautiful. Howver, they have very tough skins and bland flavor.


On Jul 1, 2008, IO1 from Waaaay Down South, GA wrote:

I received this plant from a DG member at our local RU and was surprised at how prolific and wonderful tasting these little tomatoes have been. I'm growing them in an Earth Box and am very satisfied with the quality and quanity and have added it to my want list for next year. They've been disease free and are a beautiful cross between a grape tomato and plumb.


On Jun 3, 2007, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Bought a plant at my buddy's recommendation. Fast grower, lots of fruit. I would consider it a cross between a grape and a plum. At first bite, I thought the taste was "earthy" but I liked it more and more over time. Love to drizzle it w/ a little olive oil and spices. Extremely low maint. in my yard. Will definitely grow it again.

May 2013. Changing rating to neutral as I have come to agree with the people who have posted here stating Juliet has a thick skin and blah flavor, Having said that, it is still a very easy plant and I think it would be a lovely addition to a children's garden as it grows well in containers, it is a child-sized plant and very productive. It's just that there are better tasting tomatoes out there,


On Sep 21, 2006, blackbunny from Provincetown, MA wrote:

A friend gave me her last year's opened packet of these seeds, otherwise I doubt if I'd have tried them. At first I was disappointed when I saw their in-between size and saw that they were neither cherry nor true paste (I failed to grow my fave cherry, Grape Tomato "Sugar Plum", which these resemble). In the end, tho, I add my voice to the praise of this prolific and healthy producer. Despite what some others have said here about mediochre flavor, my harvest has been sweet balanced with tart and a nice true tomato flavor ('tis true about the thick skin, tho). Maybe it's the company these seeds came from (I'll try to find the packet if anyone is interrested). The uniform small-ish size and blemish free fruit have been easy to throw in a ziplock bag and freeze for later use this winter.... read more


On Jul 16, 2006, jessums from Pittsburgh, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is my second year of growing this variety. I grow them because I enjoy the taste and the volume of tomatoes that are produced. Three of these plants will give large amounts of tomatoes until frost.


On Mar 6, 2006, CountryDaddy from Wilmington, IL wrote:

I have grown these tomatoes every year since they were introduced in 1999. I grow them because I like the taste and they are extremely productive. I do think the skin is a bit tough, though, and I find they break off from the plant too easily and a lot are wasted.


On Jan 31, 2006, hurono from Troy, OH wrote:

Tough skin. Average flavor. Sure it produced a lot but quality was very mediocre. Plenty of other far better choices.


On Dec 11, 2005, EAPierce from Idaho Falls, ID (Zone 5a) wrote:

I can attest to Juliet's vigor. It's very sturdy for such a tall, quick grower- only one stake apiece needed for my specimens- no cages or other bracing. And, yes, it's a very reliable producer. I like a juicy tomato, so that's a plus, too, and the flavor is good, though there's better to be had (German heirloom Reisentraube is my fave). The best thing about Juliet, though, is that it lives up to its reputation as a variety that resists cracking. Of the several dozen I harvested, only three cracked in the slightest before ripening completely.


On Oct 23, 2005, carminator1 from mobile, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I really like this tomatoe, I planted one on my earthbox and it grew like crazy plus gave me plenty of sweet tasting tomatoes. I highly recommend this tomatoe, it will grow very tall though so beware if you are going to place it into a container.


On May 23, 2005, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This plant grows well in WI, and it really makes a beautiful display when the vines are covered with neat rows of little teardrop-shaped tomatoes. But I give it a negative rating, because it doesn't have any flavor. There's basically no difference between this and a supermarket tomato in taste. The texture is inferior too -- not much meat, mostly seedy pulp inside. I've been much happier with every other tomato I've tried.


On May 21, 2005, drneutrino from Needham, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Grew 1 plant 2004 as experiment along with 7 other varieties. It was positively the most prolific, disease free of all tomato plants in my garden.

Trying to desperately find local plant source for this season and recommendations for seed source for next year.


On Apr 21, 2005, RayCar3538 from Danville, PA wrote:

Grew it for first time in 2004. I grew one plant in a large fiberglass pot in Miracle-gro potting mix. It grew very well and was very prolific. The fruits were very firm and taste was great. It has the shape of a Roma with the texture and taste of a regular tomato. We loved eating them 'fresh' and in salads (for salad they had to be cut in half). I am trying three this year (2005), again in pots, but with Miracle-gro 'dirt'. A great tomato!


On Apr 4, 2005, jasonc from Parrish, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I just planted this one from a purchased plant on March 27th. So far it looks to be doing really good. The plant was pretty tall and falling over so I planted most of the stem in the ground leaving just the top part of the leaves showing and its great looking so far...


On Mar 9, 2005, tjoday from East Bridgewater, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:

i have grown this tomato for 5 years and it has not disapointed me yet


On Dec 31, 2004, roxroe from Winchester, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have to agree with other comments. Prolific, thick skinned, with a flavor that did not recommend itself. I had no disease problems.


On Sep 5, 2004, Sequee from Carmel, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

A fun tomato to grow as it just keeps on giving! One of the plants grew so tall last year that it fell over. This year 4 tomato plants grew in the area where the original plant had fallen! All 4 plants were equally prolific. The tomatoes were not quite a large as the first batch and were not quite as tasty. Last year we were eating them like candy - this years it was still a very good salad tomato.


On Aug 14, 2004, gardenpaws_VA from Herndon, VA wrote:

I've grown Juliet for two years, growing from a purchased plant last year and from seed (commercial - it's a hybrid) this year. On the plus side are that it grows well most of the time and produces copiously, and it holds well on the vine with minimal cracking. On the minus side are that it doesn't have a rich or complex tomato flavor, and the skins are tough. It also seems to be more susceptible than most to Anthracnose. I'll be looking for an alternative cooking tomato next year.


On Aug 11, 2004, Kathy_T from Santa Clara, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have grown this plant for 3 years running and really like the production. I usually get 4-6 good pickings of them for sauce. The plant really spreads.


On Jun 5, 2004, wm from Hagerstown, MD wrote:

Grew six plants in 2003.
Skin bit thick, flavor ho-hum, prolific, pleasing appearance.
Quite a few fruits overwintered on the ground; many volunteers this spring; kept twelve. No idea what they will produce but expect them to revert to cherries which have made my favorite tomato juice. Will report back D.V. or should I just stop right now?


On Apr 25, 2004, gman500 from Manteca, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This was one of my favorites from last year. It was not sweet like most cherries. It has a rich full tomato taste that wowed most of my co-workers. Very, very prolific! These plants went to the top of my 6.5' cages and all the way back down to the ground, producing all the way.


On Jan 23, 2004, FCivish from South Jordan, UT wrote:

I would consider this to be more of a Plum tomato or small Paste tomato than a 'Grape' tomato. It is not really like a grape tomato in size, shape or taste. I also don't think it is truly a Cherry tomato.

I found the flavor to be only average. Better than most paste tomatoes and plum tomatoes, but not as good as grape tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. It does make good sauces but you will need a lot of them for the sauce.

Meat is firm and thick. Skin is a little thicker than average. It lasts a long time on the vine and a reasonable time after picking. Fruit didn't crack a lot, and I saw no Blossom End Rot. Plant is fairly vigorous and productive.


On Nov 2, 2003, trevrep wrote:

My brother, who lives in Waynesboro, VA, planted two Juliets this year. They were each about 6 feet tall and amazing producers of the best 'cherry' tomatoes that I have ever enjoyed. I was told that starting from seed was not a good idea. I live in Virginia Beach, VA and have had good success with 'regular' (sorry, don't know the type) cherry tomatoes and definitely intend on getting some plants in the ground next season. I would highly recommend this 'right off the vine' tomato.


On Sep 13, 2003, dokutaaguriin from Airdrie,
Canada (Zone 3a) wrote:

I enjoyed the crunchy texture of this tomato. However, in my greenhouse (Airdrie, Alberta, Canada) this variety and Jolly grown in pots(same Tawainese breeder developed them) were the only two (I also grew Moneymaker, Mr. Stripey, Yellow Carrol, Caspian Pink, Sweet 100) to succumb Blossom End Rot! I will not grow this variety (and Jolly) again.


On May 20, 2003, Bungarian from Cotton Valley, LA wrote:

This plant grows well and produces right up till frost. The taste is OK but not great. I plan to try Jolly this year.


On Apr 27, 2003, mdgmom from Montville, NJ wrote:

Prolific performer! Two plants yielded 50+ pints of firm, sweet large grape tomatoes-- almost a small plum. Fruits in clusters-- great for eating out of hand, and I pickled about 10 quart jars of green tomatoes when frost threatened in mid-October. Still crunchy 6 months later.


On Apr 13, 2003, oppy from Cambridge, MA wrote:

A powerful tomato. Very productive, grows well (too well at times). Very disease resistant.


On Mar 29, 2003, tomato_lady from Crossville, TN (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grew this tomato while in Florida two years ago. The vines were strong and vigorous and held up well under the Florida sun.

Looks like a cross between a "grape" tomato and a Roma. Just a great all around plant with good flavor.


On Jan 5, 2003, Iowagal from CHARITON, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I grew this tomato last year and it was very prolific. The fruit averaged 1 to 1.5" in length and 1" in diameter. Wonderful flavor! Great in salads, dried and loved the flavor of home-canned "V8 Juice". Very firm, red and luscious right off the vine as a snack! Used several pounds in spaghetti sauce also.

The plants were 5-6 feet tall and finally stopped producing after a hard freeze. Planted two plants as a safety measure and needed 5 gallon buckets to carry in the crop. I was very satisified and will plant again next year.