Cherry Tomatoes

Red Robin Tomato

Red Robin Tomato

TM853

55 days. Space is not an issue for this little dynamo of a plant. At home, in even the tightest containers (as small as 8 inches), the most minimally sized garden can produce a delicious crop of fresh cherry tomatoes. The juicy, tasty, 1-1 1/2 inch round, red fruit are set in clusters by the fistful. Super compact, potato-leaf, determinate plants top out at only 8-12 inches tall and begin producing their first harvests before nearly every other tomato variety.
Also available as a plant.

   Hybrid Variety
  • TM853/S
  • 20 Seeds
  • $3.75

  • TM853/P
  • 100 seeds
  • $9.95

  • TM853/B
  • 250 seeds
  • $16.95
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthSoil Temp. for Trans.Plant SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per 1/8 gramFertilizer Needs
70-90°F6-141/4"55°FSee below3-4'80%3 years≈ 35-40High


Lycopersicon lycopersicum The first ripe, juicy tomato of summer is a delicious milestone of the season for gardeners. Each year we test and evaluate more than 250 tomato varieties to bring you the most flavorful, best performing selections, for every desired use. An array of nutrients and antioxidants including the especially potent lycopene, found in its highest concentration in tomatoes, supports healthy eyesight, cardiovascular health, cancer-fighting capacity, and more.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplant.

Culture
Determinate tomatoes: grow compactly, sprawling laterally, usually do not require staking, and fruit ripens over a short period of time
Indeterminate tomatoes: grow on long vines, generally require pruning to 1 or 2 leaders that need to be trellised
• Fertile, well drained, raised beds covered with plastic mulch promote early growth and better yields
• Tomatoes are high feeders and will benefit from regular fertilization with Age Old Bloom
• To prevent blossom end rot use a high calcuim amendment
• Overwatering can cause fruit to crack

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended

Transplanting
• Sow seeds in trays 6-8 weeks before anticipated transplant date; up-pot into 3-4 inch pots when the first set of true leaves appears
• Strong light and cooler temperatures (60-70°F) prevent plants from getting leggy
• Fertilize with Age Old Grow every 10-14 days
• When transplanting work in compost, 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer, and handful of bone meal
• Determinates can be spaced 18-24 inches apart, indeterminates 24-36 inches apart
• Tomatoes can be buried up to the top 2 sets of leaves
• Use Kozy-Coats or Victorian Bell Cloches to protect young plants

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Flea beetles and tomato hornworms
Insect control: Pyrethrin or row cover for flea beetles, and Monterey B.t. for tomato hornworms
Common diseases: Early and late blight
Disease prevention: A strict 3-4 year rotation, remove vines at the end of the year, fungicide

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when fully ripe, do not refrigerate for best flavor
• Green fruit should be ripened in a cool, dark area; make sure fruit are not touching

KEY TO TOMATO DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
AB | Early (Alternaria) Blight
B | Bacterial Wilt
F* | Fusarium Wilt
FOR | Fusarium Crown and Root Rot
L | Gray Leaf Spot
LB | Late Blight
LM | Leaf Mold
N | Roundworm | Nematode
PL | Corky Root Rot
PM | Powdery Mildew
PST | Bacterial Speck
RK | Root-Knot
TMV | Tobacco Mosaic Virus
ToMV* | Tomato Mosaic Virus
TSWV | Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
TYLCV | Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus
V | Verticillium Wilt
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.
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Fabulous in the fall!
Dec 31, 2017  |  By Ann Y
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In central Texas, we often get two tomato crops with determinates. My spring plants of Red Robin, started indoors under grow lights, was attacked by soldier bugs but kept producing. For fall, I just stuck a couple of seeds in a pot and charged off to help hurricane disaster recovery. The doggone seed developed into a great little plant loaded with fruit. Due to a few cold snaps, I harvested the tomatoes green. They ripened in the kitchen, and we ate the last of them today - Dec 31! Very tasty and welcome when it's 40 degrees outside.
Produces even under neglect
Aug 21, 2016  |  By Kathryn Wilson
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I grew three of these plants this year in self-watering 12" diameter pots (rather than draining, it has a small tray at the bottom of in the inside of the pot so that when you water any excess water collects in the shallow area beneath the soil.) I grew the plants indoors under grow lights from January to April, then moved them outside in mid-April (I like in Zone 8). They were watered on a regular basis when inside, but after moving them outside, they suffered from lots of neglect---occasional overwatering, lots of underwatering, severe fluxes in temperatures--but they still produced an amazing crop from July to end of August with tasty tomatoes---with flavor approaching heirloom tomatoes. Would definitely grow again.
Tiny Power House
Jul 27, 2016  |  By Barbara
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This tomato is something else! I live in an apartment, so I started a few red robin seeds on my balcony. When I transplanted them my partner and I had a long debate about getting them another container because surely that wasn't enough soil. Well we forgot to, and in roughly 6-8 inches of soil small compact and sturdy red robin plant emerged. They are roughly 8 inches tall and producing cherry tomatoes like its the apocalypse. Simply impressive production.