Data specific to Tomatoes (Edit)
Heredity: Open Pollinated
Skin Color: Red
Fruit Shape: Round
Fruit Size: Small
Earliness: Mid-season

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Plant Spread: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Leaves: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Direct sowing into the garden not recommended. Sow seeds into sterile seed starting mix, 1/8"-1/4" deep, indoors, 6-8 weeks prior to last expected frost date. Optimal germination occurs in 7-14 days with constant moisture and soil temperatures of 75-90F.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Containers: Preferred depth: Some tomato varieties, primarily dwarf and determinate varieties, are suitable for container gardening. Large, vining, indeterminate types can be grown in 5 gallon or larger containers but may require extra attention.

Common names
  • Tomato
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Solanum lycopersicum
  • Synonym: Lycopersicon lycopersicum

Photo Gallery
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2015-06-28
many patio tomatoes in pots
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2015-07-23
Location: Somewhere in VA| June, 2022
Date: 2022-06-18
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2015-08-05
Six pack of seedlings from the nursery.
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2015-01-27
It's first pair of true leaves.
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2015-01-19
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2015-07-17
Location: my garden 
Date: 2017-11-07
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Date: 2017-02-20
Blooms with fruit in background
Location: my garden 
Date: 2017-03-17
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  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Jan 3, 2014 11:28 PM concerning plant:
    I grew the 'Patio' tomato plant in a large container for a few years. I agree with Rita that the taste was bland. DH stated that he thought the tomatoes would be larger, which I also had thought. They were very small, but not "cherry size."

    I used the rounded tomato cage and I think those are worthless in trying to support the plant and the tomatoes. The tomatoes themselves got too heavy and needed more support.

    I don't have the space in the yard to grow the tall plants and would like to grow one that could be grown in a large container.

    I grew it organically each year, but it didn't do well for me and I stopped doing it.

    I had already bought 3 square cages, but decided to use them instead for the hummingbirds to sit on and they love them! I stacked 2 together and every year the hummers sit, rest, and guard their flowers. The other square cage I have around some other containers and it gets used just as much by them.

  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 13, 2013 12:04 PM concerning plant:
    The Patio tomato was specifically designed to be grown in a pot. And that is what I did. I grew mine in a large pot. It set nice-looking, good-sized tomatoes that were about as bland and tasteless as could be. Not growing it again.
Plant Events from our members
piksihk On November 11, 2017 Fruit Ripened
picked 5
piksihk On November 7, 2017 Fruit Ripened
had pruned in summer; several fruits ripening
piksihk On May 26, 2017 Miscellaneous Event
green tomatoes -
piksihk On March 26, 2017 Transplanted
into bigger pot
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