TomatoFest® Releases 24 Prized “Dwarf Tomato” Varieties For Space-Challenged Gardeners

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Tomato gardeners can now reduce costs and enjoy the spectacular colors and flavors of larger-fruited varieties previously only available by growing tall, indeterminate heirloom tomatoes.

"Dwarf Lemon Ice" Tomato

Dwarf tomatoes are perfectly suited to the needs of busy gardeners with limited growing space.

Gary Ibsen, founder of TomatoFest® Heirloom Tomato Seeds, grower of more than 650 varieties of certified organic, heirloom tomatoes and co-founder of World Tomato Society, announces the release of rare tomato seeds for 24 “Dwarf Tomato” varieties.

Ibsen said, “This is a marvelous opportunity for space-challenged gardeners: those who plant in containers, on patios or balconies, roof-tops, greenhouses or those who plant in smaller outside garden spaces, to enjoy the features and flavors of larger fruited varieties that were previously only available by growing in tall, indeterminate heirlooms.

“These exceptional tomato varieties were all made possible by the "Dwarf Tomato Project" - truly the first open-source breeding project, composed of all volunteer, amateur, and respected tomato breeders over the period of ten years.

The Benefits of "Dwarf Tomato Project" tomato plants:

  • Plants are sturdy, attractive, very productive and produce fruit well until frost.
  • Plants vary in height from 2 to 4.5 feet, requiring less caging or trellising.
  • Dark and dense (rugose) foliage for better leaf canopy, and thick central stem.
  • Produce tomatoes of all sizes and shapes up to18 ounces.
  • Easy to grow in pots on patios and balconies…wherever space is limited.
  • Reduces costs of trellising, plant management and labor.

“Dwarf tomatoes are also more suited to the lifestyles of millennials and older gardeners who want superior tasting tomatoes but may have less time, opportunity and space for gardening. I believe the introduction of Dwarf tomatoes to the mix of hybrid, open-pollinated and heirloom tomato varieties will set a new trend of popularity with home gardeners, urban gardeners and commercial farmers," says Ibsen.

About TomatoFest® Heirloom Tomato Seeds:
Gary Ibsen, author of The Great Tomato Book, founded TomatoFest Heirloom Tomato Seeds in 1991 and revitalized the appreciation and desire for heirloom tomatoes. Ibsen’s belief in sustainable, organic farming, seed saving and sharing seeds and the stories of their cultural histories, inspired him to grow heirloom tomato varieties for more than 30 years. He, and his wife/partner, Dagma Lacey, grow more than 650 varieties of certified organic, heirloom tomatoes from seeds originally sourced from family farms around the world. Their personal, hands-on tomato production and seed harvest techniques ensure the highest quality seeds and help ensure that these precious heirloom tomato varieties will be sustained for years to come. Through their ongoing TomatoFest Seed Donation Program, they have donated organic tomato seeds to more than 380 non-profit, urban garden projects, school gardens, community outreach gardens around the U.S., India, Africa, and Europe. For additional information, visit:

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