Melanie’s Ballet, 'Dwarf Melanie's Ballet Tomato' is a dwarf variety growing up to 100cm in height. Produces slightly elongated, slightly heart-shaped tomatoes, around 60-120grams each. One of the first paste-type varieties in DTP. Paste-type tomatoes contain less water than "normal" tomatoes and are perfect for tomato sauce, puree, cooking, etc. The fruits are very firm and meaty and not so watery if cooked. Dark-pink fruits with a pleasant, sweet flavor. Rugose, dark green foliage, regular leaf. Derives from "the Leggy Family", Susan Oliverson selected, stabilized, and named the variety. Introduced in 2018. OSSI. 80D. 10seeds/pack.
Dwarf Tomato Project (D. T. P.) is a tomato breeding project that has been going on for more than 10 years, with growers participating all around the world. The goal is to create a number of low-maintenance tomato varieties with delicious flavor, variations of size, colors, and use. Today the project has introduced about 130 different awesome varieties!
Characteristics the varieties have in common are that the plant height varies from 60-140cm depending on the variety. They have rugose (crinkly) foliage and grow with very thick stems. They need no pruning of the suckers. They need no support height-wise but require staking or support on the width. The branches get heavy when the plant sets fruit and will fall over without staking. They all work well to grow in larger pots or such, wherever the space is limited. In general, the plant gets smaller and produces a bit less grown in a pot than grown in a field.
According to fruits size, color, shape, or taste, you can find almost everything you are looking for in the D. T. P. There are varieties from the sweetest cherry to the juiciest beefsteak. Normal-sized varieties perfect for canning or fresh eating or paste-types great for cooking or sauces. What you can't find are longkeeper varieties. Color-vise there is anything from white-yellow-green to orange-red-brown-black to striped and multi-colored. What you can't find is antho-colored varieties though. We have to keep calm and wait for this!
Here you can read more about the Dwarf Tomato Project: https://www.dwarftomatoproject.net/
All varieties from Dwarf Tomato Project are OSSI-pledged! This is a rare gift to all of us and should be respected!
Of course, this information is included in every seed pack of all our OSSI varieties!
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How to Grow
For more information about how to grow the Melanie’s Ballet Dwarf Tomato follow the link - How to Grow Tomatoes.