Rosella Purple


    • Grown and sold by Heritage Tomato Seed
    • Plant growth: indeterminate, dwarf
    • Leaf type: regular, rugose
    • Mid/late season
    • Plants grown in greenhouse to minimize cross pollination
    • OSSI-Pledged seeds (see “Additional Information” below)
    • Seeds per pack: ~20

“Rosella Purple” field notes: Regular leaf, rugose. Indeterminate dwarf, 4 feet tall at maturity. Purple fruit (clear epi) , Excellent flavor, still one of the best tasting of the Dwarf Tomato Project releases. As with many of the stout dwarfs, Rosella Purple fruit set is improved by vibrating the flower clusters to release pollen, either by hand or with an electric toothbrush.

Comments from Craig LeHoullier (project co-founder)

“Rosella Purple – 65 days – first offered to the public in 2010 by Victory Seeds. I grew out vial 2814, F8 seed which I got from Bill Minkey and is the CV seed source – as well as vial 2822, F8 seed which I got from Reinhard Kraft and is also a CV seed source, 2826, F8 seed from ddsack as the one with the closest description of her growouts, and 3039, F8 seed from Suze . Plant habit and leaf shape as expected – Semi-determinate regular leaf dwarf, first ripe fruit in 65, 88, 67 and 58 days respectively – the shorter length with the best location and longest day with the worst. Two of the plants are still healthy and producing well, and two others are now struggling but still alive. Yield very good, fruit are oblate but smooth and quite regular, in the 6 – 10 ounce range with a few larger, a nice rich deep purple exterior and rich crimson interior, small seed locules. Flavor is balanced and excellent, with some in the 9 out of 10 range, amongst the best tomatoes we’ve tasted this year and pretty much equal to Cherokee Purple. This exceeded my flavor expectations – it is really a great tomato and a worthy alternative to Cherokee Purple in terms of getting the same eating experience, fruit size and color in an easier to maintain plant. F9 seed is saved in vials 11-32, 11-29, 11-33 and 11-151. The plants that were in the same general locations performed pretty much identically – my feeling is that all four of these selections are pretty much the same. It will be interesting to see how this one performs for people, since I think the variety may be a bit more sensitive to climate/conditions than the Sneezy family varieties.”

For more information on the Dwarf Tomato Project check out the project’s site here or Craig’s site here.

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Patrina Nuske Small and Craig LeHoullier (co-architects of the Dwarf Tomato Project) have released this variety under the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) pledge:
“You have the freedom to use these OSSI-Pledged seeds in any way you choose. In return, you pledge not to restrict others’ use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents or other means, and to include this pledge with any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives.”
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