Isn’t It Adorable: Micro Tom Tomatoes

Micro Tom Tomatoes Yesterday, I decided that I needed to go plant shopping to lift my spirits a bit.

It’s funny, but I am not a shopper in the way that women are stereotypically thought to be shoppers. I only own 3 pairs of shoes. Clothes shopping is something that I despise. I seem to lack the latent gathering instinct that makes shopping enjoyable for many women. That is until I go plant shopping.

Then it’s “get outta my way, I have a credit card and I am not afraid to use it.” The endorphins run high when I get within a 100 feet of a nursery.

So, in my plant induced funk, I went plant shopping.

While I was shopping, I found the most amazing little plant. It is called a Micro-Tom Tomato and it is a super dwarf tomato plant.

The tomatoes you see on the plant in the picture are full sized, they only need to turn red. (Sorry I do not have a picture of a red tomato on the plant but the overwhelming need to eat a garden grown tomato, no matter how small, overtook me.) This plant grows only to a strapping 7 inches tall.

Really, this tomato is only a novelty. I am not really sure what you can do with a pea size tomato. But, since I have never seen a Micro Tom Tomato and since I love anything that is a novelty, I bought three.

I put them in a planter with some basil and a few marigolds. The planter is on my front porch and will make a fun conversation piece for anyone who visits.

I did a quick look-up of some information about the Micro Tom plant and learned that they do well in lower light conditions. So maybe if you have an apartment or an office with a decent light source but not enough to grow normal vegetables, this plant might work for you.

It is also a genetic freak. It has 3 genetic mutations that make it so small. It carries the self-pruning gene, a defective dwarf gene and a mutated internode length gene. I don’t know what an internode length is either but apparently it helps to make the plant smaller. I’ll let scientists worry about the fine details on such matters.

I feel better now. I have a tomato plant with tomatoes on it now. Tiny tomatoes, but tomatoes all the same.

4 thoughts on “Isn’t It Adorable: Micro Tom Tomatoes
  1. Tiffany McCoy on

    I want one will you send me one I’ll pay ya hehe.

    Have you gotten into the aerogarden check it out I got one for xmas and i love it and I was looking for small fuiting plants that is how i found the micro tom. your s is very nice keep it up

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  2. richard dawson on

    i just bought one today….i can swear it looks like a cutting from a larger plant…..i will grow it to see.
    i wonder what would happen if i cross pollinated this little guy?

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  3. Hi Hanna!! I read what you wrote and I was reading about myself… from not being a typical woman shopper to feeling all the adrenaline when investing (note it is investing, not spending) on plants. I am growing tomatoes that are like grapes, I have never seen such lovely and cute little ones like the ones you bought. I live in Mexico so I do not expect to find them either… congrats!!!

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  4. Mae on

    Would you tell me where you bought the micro tom? Thanks

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