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Micro Dwarf Tomato Taste Test 2024: Tiny But Mighty

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Gardening is a journey filled with both successes and challenges. Today, we’re excited to share our first live micro dwarf tomato taste test with you. We’ll walk you through our thoughts on five different tomato varieties and discuss some common gardening issues and solutions. Let’s dive into the world of micro dwarf tomatoes and see which ones made the cut!

What is a Micro Dwarf Tomato?

Micro dwarf tomatoes are a delightful addition to any garden, especially for those with limited space. These tiny tomato plants typically reach only 6 to 12 inches in height, making them perfect for growing in small containers, windowsills, or even indoors. Despite their compact size, micro dwarf tomatoes are known for producing an abundance of flavorful fruit, rivaling the taste of larger varieties.

One of the main reasons gardeners love micro dwarf tomatoes is their versatility. They can be grown in various environments, from outdoor gardens to indoor pots, making them ideal for urban gardeners or those with minimal outdoor space. Their small size and manageable growth habit also make them a favorite for children’s gardening projects, introducing young ones to the joys of growing their own food.

Additionally, micro dwarf tomatoes are relatively low-maintenance. They require less pruning and staking compared to their larger counterparts, and many varieties are bred to be disease-resistant. This makes them an excellent choice for both novice and experienced gardeners looking for a hassle-free way to enjoy fresh, homegrown tomatoes throughout the growing season. Whether you’re short on space or simply looking to add a unique element to your garden, micro dwarf tomatoes are a fantastic option.

Overview of Tomatoes Tested

This season, we’ve experimented with five distinct tomato varieties. Here’s a quick look at what we tested:

  • Aztec (Yellow)
  • Fat Frog
  • Blazema (Red and Black)
  • Tiny Totem
  • Rosella Cherry (not a micro dwarf)

Tomato Taste Test

Aztec (Yellow)

Our first taste test was the Aztec, a yellow microdwarf tomato. It has a thick skin and a mild, slightly sweet flavor, though not very acidic. While some found it too bland, others appreciated its subtle taste. However, it didn’t leave a strong impression, and we’re unlikely to grow it again. Yellow tomatoes tend to be less popular in our garden due to their subdued flavor profile.

Fat Frog

Next up was Fat Frog, a greenish tomato that ripens to an orange-green hue. This variety was tastier than the Aztec, with a pleasant, mild flavor. However, like the Aztec, it had a thick skin and a crunchy texture. We speculated that the breeding process for microdwarf tomatoes might contribute to the thicker skins. Despite its decent taste, the thick skin and crunchiness were less desirable traits.

Blaue Zimmertomate (Red and Black)

Blaue Zimmer, a red and black tomato, had a more acidic taste and thicker skin. It’s a two-tone tomato that starts black and ripens to red. While it’s a bit more flavorful, it didn’t stand out significantly. We noted that microdwarf tomatoes, including Blaue Zimmer, would be fine in salads and could be grown indoors under grow lights. However, the investment in electricity and the challenge of managing indoor pests might not be worth it for some gardeners.

Tiny Totem

Tiny Totem was a pleasant surprise, offering a proper tomato taste that we found delightful. It’s a small tomato but packs a punch with its flavor. This variety stood out as a favorite, reminiscent of a homegrown tomato with a nice herbal aftertaste. We would definitely consider growing Tiny Totem again, especially for indoor cultivation during winter.

Rosella Cherry

Finally, we tried the Rosella Cherry, a sweeter tomato with a balanced flavor. Cherries tend to be sweeter, and this one didn’t disappoint. The plant is indeterminate, meaning it grows vigorously and produces fruit throughout the season. While Rosella Cherry is good, some of us preferred the smoky taste of black cherry tomatoes. Nonetheless, it’s a solid choice for those who like sweeter tomatoes.

Observations

One recurring observation was the thick skin and crunchy texture of microdwarf tomatoes. We speculated that breeding for smaller sizes might concentrate the skin cells, resulting in a thicker skin. This trait might also contribute to their potential as long-keeping tomatoes.

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Karen’s Micro Dwarf Tomato Project at the Master Gardener’s Demo Garden

Gardening Challenges

Blossom End Rot

Blossom end rot has been a persistent issue this season. Despite adding calcium to the soil, several varieties, including Polaris and Lucky Cross, suffered from this condition. It’s frustrating, as the exact cause remains elusive. Weather, watering inconsistencies, and soil conditions might all play a role.

Garden Pests and Weather Damage

Pests like sandflies have been a nuisance, particularly for indoor tomatoes. Additionally, storm damage has affected some of our plants. We’ve had to deal with broken branches and try to support our plants better. A robust trellis system can help mitigate such issues and keep plants healthy and upright.

Planning for Fall Garden

As summer progresses, it’s time to start planning for the fall garden. Succession planting is essential to ensure a continuous harvest. We’ve started preparing crops like golden beets and bush beans. Sweet potatoes are also in the ground, with some volunteers from last year popping up. It’s important to begin planning and planting now to enjoy a bountiful fall harvest.

Conclusion

Our tomato taste test was an enlightening experience. Each variety had its strengths and weaknesses, and personal preferences played a significant role in our evaluations. Experimenting with different tomatoes is part of the joy of gardening. As we look forward to the fall, we encourage you to try your own taste tests and start planning your next planting cycle. Happy gardening!


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