Introduced through Seed Savers Exchange in 1984 by Will Bonsall, originally from the Lowden Collection. Dwarf sprawling plants with very early fruit set. Egg-shaped 2-3" fruits with good strong flavor. Not the same as Siberia, which is inferior in all respects.
- 57-60 days from transplant
- Determinate - Fruit ripens over a 2 week period
- Egg-shaped fruits grow to 2-3 inches
- Rich, strong flavor
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Store your tomatoes at room temperature. The flavor and texture of tomatoes suffer when the fruit is chilled.
Heirloom tomatoes are bred for their flavor and simple preparation best allows that intense flavor to shine through. Tomatoes can be sliced and drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper or layer slices with basil and mozzarella for a Caprese salad.
Roasted tomatoes have a richer, concentrated flavor.
There are hundreds of salsa recipes to try and most are dramatically improved with the use of heirloom tomatoes. Tomatoes are also the main ingredient in Gazpacho, a cold soup that is perfect for summer.
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Tomatoes are sensitive to freezing temperatures, so wait to transplant outdoors until the soil is warm. Plant in full sun.
- Start Indoors: 6 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 7-14 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 24-36” Apart
- Support: Cage, stake, or trellis
Ratings & Reviews
Hardy plant the produces very well.
These did very well for me. I planted one in my community garden plot with full sunlight, and two on my porch with only partial sunlight. I also neglected my community garden and only watered once, but mulched well. For context, I'm in Iowa and we are supposedly in a heavy drought right now, but apparently got enough water for this plant. Both produced abundantly for me, and the full sunlight plant produced fruit twice the size of my porch plant. I'm very happy with it. Just know that it will still need a cage or support of some kind even though it's a bush. Not supporting it was definitely my mistake with this plant. The flavor is mildly tart and nicely complex.
Reliable performer in the heat.
These tomatoes have been vigorous producers in hot and humid Oklahoma. Need to be caged or staked but didn’t grow huge. It’s coming up on the middle of August. Fruit production has slowed but most of my plants still look healthy. More blossoms and fruit to come! I will plant this variety again next year. Fruit is quite small but very good flavor.
Germinated in 4 days!
I just started tomatoes for 2021 year. The Siberian seeds packaged for 2020 germinated in just 4 days. I was shocked as the other tomatoes seeds needed a few more days. If you need a quick germinator this is the seeds that you will want.
I'm anxious to see how it grows in my area.
Very pleased with these in my zone 6 garden. They ripened early and in abundance, making a wonderful salsa!
Best tomato for our small family garden
A family favorite - can't wait for this to come back in stock
Been growing this since 2014, they do really well in containers and don't need any special care. Normally they ripen in early august for us and they keep producing well into September even after a cold snap. Very good classic flavor that really brightens any dish. We like to crush them into tomato sauce with some spaghetti, or just fresh in a salad.