On a recent trip to my local big box warehouse store I saw a new shipment of tomatoes that I just had to buy. The deal was too good to pass up and the plants were already filled with both green and red ripe fruit as well as tons of little tomatoes about to burst off the branches. This new hybrid is called Heartbreakers Tomato Vita F1. This is an interesting name, it looks a bit like a cherry tomato, with a slightly odd shape, pointed tip and maybe 1.5 times larger than a cherry tomato. When cut in half these tomatoes have a heart like shape. The snack size heartbreakers seem to be newly arrived into the American garden market as a Dutch bred variety, originally only sold in the UK.
I was pleasantly surprised that they are a hybrid (not on the label) from a company called Prudac, a breeding company that doesn’t use GMO or genetic modification in their breeding techniques. According to the plant breeders, Heartbreakers Vita F1 need full sun, water 2-3 times a week and tomato fertilizer as directed on packaging. The Orlando summer is coming and water evaporates quickly, so you may want to look into having a self-watering container or placing the pot into a watering tray and watering from the bottom-up.
The developers of this new tomato variety, state that these plants will grow about 50 cm tall (approximately 19 inches) and spread up to 40 cm – compared to the average Big Boy tomatoes which could grow up to five feet or more. This is a great space saver tomato plant for any home gardener, including apartment dwellers or those who have limited space and love fresh tomatoes.
The ideal pot size is 19 cm or approximately 7.5 inches – that’s tiny. I plan to transplant the tomatoes into 3-gallon plastic buckets. I purchase the buckets from the dollar store to make my self-watering planters which are more than twice that size so this will work out great. I’m looking forward to see how much these plants will produce this season and how they hold up for next year or if I’ll need to purchase more next season.