Lil’ Faithful


  • Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
  • Plant growth: determinate, dwarf
  • Leaf type: rugose regular leaf
  • Time to maturity: midseason
  • Approx. number of seeds per pack: 20
  • Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment for Fungal and Bacterial Diseases

“Lil Faithful” came to me in the guise of “Heartland.” I grew Heartland, and found the most beautiful and perfect red globes on a determinate dwarf plant. I was very excited, because the fruits had thick, meaty flesh, there was plenty of juice, the flavor was fantastic (strong, sweet, acid), and the productivity was excellent. Also, the plants tolerated the heat and humidity challenges here better than most other dwarfs I have grown. But then, alas and alack, I researched and found only “Heartland F1.” Nooooo! (Weeping, wailing, and gnashing of the teeth…) Later, I began to ponder. I received the seeds in a trade. The sender had saved these seeds from his own grown fruits. He had received the seeds he originally planted in a trade as well, and they were saved from that person’s own grown fruits. So, at most, if the first person I can account for DID grow F1 hybrid seeds, then F2 seeds were sent to my friend, and he sent me F3 seeds. I grew the F3 seeds, and saved F4 seeds. Which I grew again and compared plants and fruits from the previous season and determined that as far as I could see, this is a stable, red-fruited dwarf variety. At the very earliest, what I have here are now F5 seeds. They could be a later generation.
One thing is clear, I cannot share or sell these seeds under the name “Heartland.” Nobody will know that there is a hybrid or that this isn’t the hybrid…mass confusion results in cases like this. It is far better to make a new name, while acknowledging the original, than to have possibly 10 versions of “Heartland” or “Heartland OP” floating around out there. 😊 I decided that the name “Lil’ Faithful” fits well, as the plant has been faithful to its original phenotype and growth habit, as well as excellent flavor.

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