Dwarf Red Heart
- Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
- Plant growth: dwarf, determinate
- Leaf type: rugose regular leaf
- Time to maturity: early-midseason
- Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment for fungal and bacterial diseases
- Approx. number of seeds per pack: 20+
“Dwarf Red Heart” has a rather convoluted history, which I will try to relate here. 😊 Renowned tomato breeder Bill Jeffers grew seeds from the Long Island Seed Project in 2006. The seeds included dwarf varieties that were thought to be outcrosses, not stable at that time. Expecting round fruits from seeds of “Dwarf Champion Mix,” Bill was surprised to find red bullet-shaped fruits. He called this “Little Red Bullet,” and sent some seeds back to the Long Island Seed Project for their use. As Bill continued to grow “Little Red Bullet” over the years, the bullet shape was lost, and Bill named the continued selections “Dwarf Red Heart.” Bill shared seeds of this line with Dan McMurray. Bill stated, “Dan McMurray subsequently found a good line of very nicely shaped, say long conical shapes rather than my more sausage shape, and he pursued that line. He called it Dwarf Red Heart because it took on a more heart shape than sausage shape.”
Since then, Dwarf Red Heart has been listed by a vendor and in an extensive tomato database as being potato-leafed. Bill Jeffers reports that nothing he ever grew in this line had potato leaves. The leaves of the plants that I grew were rugose, regular leaf. They do have the smoother form on the mature leaves that some have called “serrated potato leaf.” The new leaves show a clear regular leaf form.
So…what about the fruits? Abundant small to medium red hearts were set on a 3-foot tall dwarf plant. They were juicy and sweet, very tasty. This variety deserves to be better-known, but I believe it has been overshadowed by the more recent tremendous strides in dwarf plant breeding accomplished by the Dwarf Tomato Project and by breeders of other excellent dwarf lines. Hopefully, this story revealed will encourage others to grow Dwarf Red Heart and enjoy this fine variety.
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