The Thong


  • Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
  • Plant growth: indeterminate
  • Leaf type: regular leaf
  • Time to maturity: midseason
  • Approx. number of seeds per pack: 15+
  • Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment for Fungal and Bacterial Diseases

“The Thong” is a very interesting variety in a joint effort from Blane Horton and a lady named Lurley. There may be some question about the parents involved in the cross. A 2013 tomato forum post stated, “This is a Caught in a Mosh segregate, Indigo Rose X Bubble Gum Dwarf (or) Red House Free Standing x Stump of the World. He later stated, “I think it was a guess tho- Maybe something out of my Caught in a Mosh line. Indigo Rose is involved and maybe Bumble Gum dwarf, or… from Lurleys garden, a seed mix up with one of the Rumpelstiltskins? …she mentioned that the plant labels were lost or damaged, so… I really don’t know 100%.” The name refers to the shoe, not someone’s skimpy underclothes. Lurley wrote, “I took my tractor (a new holland compact) out to till one fine dry day. I drove from the barn to the field and was halfway done with the initial tilling when I looked down on the dash and saw a mouse sitting there, looking up at me as cocky as could be. I stopped the tractor. (after screaming from being startled), but he didn’t go anywhere. I took off my flip-flop (which Blane still calls a thong) and batted that mouse off the dash and into the field. I thought nothing more of it. The next day before starting the tractor, I searched under the hood, seat, everywhere I could before starting it and heading to the field. Once again, after several passes with the tiller, there was a mouse sitting on the dash again! Now, I don’t know if it was the same mouse, but once again he didn’t move when I stopped the tractor and screamed. So, once again, I took off my flip-flop….and as soon as I did, before I could swing it at him, he jumped off the dash and hopped across the field to the woods and I haven’t seen him since.”
The Thong was originally bred to be a dwarf; however, the breeder’s current version is not a dwarf, and mine is not either. My plants (two seasons) have seemed to be indeterminates. The fruits are nice-sized beefsteaks, purple with green stripes, purple flesh, a dusting of anthocyanin on the shoulders now and then, and a clean, tart flavor. In some temperatures the ripe fruit may look like more of a dark pink; however, this is definitely a purple-fleshed tomato. The second photo shows unripe fruits with the anthocyanin more visible. This is a developing line, although my three generations of growth have so far shown the same phenotype and growth habit.

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