TINY TIM TOMATOES
By David Marks
Tiny Tim has been bred specifically to be grown in containers. First offered to the public in 1945 it has remained a very popular variety ever since. Its parents are Window Box and Red Currant.
It grows very well on windowsills inside houses and offices. If it is grown outside it needs to be in a protected, warm position well out of the way of strong winds. The maximum height we have ever seen it grow to is 45cm / 18in although normally it is 40cm / 16in tall. By nature it tends to grow more tomatoes than foliage and when in “full fruit” it looks very attractive.
BUSH OR CORDON?
Tiny Tim is grown as a bush tomato and requires no pruning other to remove excess foliage and foliage which is covering the fruits.
APPEARANCE AND TASTE OF TINY TIM TOMATO
The tomatoes are bright red and true cherry tomato size (3cm / 1in in diameter), one bite and they are gone! Kids will love them. It tends to produce a heavy cop and some branches may need a little support. The cropping period is shorter than many varieties lasting about a month. The skin can be slightly thick but nothing to be concerned about. Flavour is about average for a cherry tomato.
Because of their small size they will do well in pots which are only 25cm wide, many people grow them in hanging baskets. They will need frequent watering especially in warm weather.
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SUMMARY CHARACTERISTICS OF TINY TIM
F1 OR OPEN POLLINATED?: Tiny Tim is open pollinated and will grow true from saved seed. Click here for clear instructions and even clearer pictures on how to save seeds from Tiny Tim tomatoes.
GROWTH TYPE: Bush type, needs minimal pruning
WHERE TO GROW: Outdoors, on windowsills and also in a greenhouse.
USE: Salads, and by itself
SKIN COLOUR / TEXTURE: Deep red, medium thin skin
FLESH COLOUR: Red
TASTE AND TEXTURE: Moderately sweet, normal texture
STORAGE: Average ripening ability on a window sill
TOMATO SIZE: Cherry tomato sized, 3cm / 1in in diameter per fruit
REGULARITY OF CROPPING: Regularly produces a good yield
SPECIAL FEATURES: Reliable
WHEN TO SOW TINY TIM SEED
The key dates for sowing and planting out Tiny Tim tomato seeds are given below.
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- Sow seeds in pots indoorsSecond week of March
- Pot up young plantsSecond week of April
- Harden off young plantsFirst week of May
- Plant out young plantsThird week of May
WHEN TO HARVEST TINY TIM TOMATOES
This variety is a bush type tomato and if they are pruned in that way you can expect to be picking your first Tiny Tim tomatoes in the last week of July
BUYING TINY TIM SEED / PLANTS IN THE UK
Seeds for this variety are available from many online seed merchants and a few garden centres although garden centres frequently do not stock it. They tend not to be available from the discount stores and supermarkets. The cheapest seeds for this variety we could find this year was at
Tiny Tim is also sometimes available as pot grown tomato plants. Taking into account postage it is probably cheapest and easiest to buy them from your local garden centre.
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Other varieties which may also be of interest include:
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