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Tomato, Patio Princess Hybrid

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Perfectly sized, petite tomato plants for patio containers.

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Invite these petite plants onto your patio and get ready to enjoy a bountiful supply of the tastiest little tomatoes ever. The 2' plants fruit mightily-producing as many 2 1/2" fruits as plants twice their size. Patio Princess is just the right size for small pots and a large tub can fit 2-3 plants.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

65-68 days

Fruit Weight The average weight of the fruit produced by this product.

4-5 ounces

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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How to Sow and Plant

  • Sow tomato seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring using a seed starting kit
  • Sow seeds ¼  inch deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil. Make sure you did not grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes in the bed the previous year to avoid disease problems.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Tomatoes should be set 30-48 inches apart in a row with the rows spaced 3-4 feet apart. It can be tempting to space tomatoes more closely at planting time, but if you plant too closely you will increase the chance of disease, and decrease yields.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. 
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development. 
  • Tomatoes can be planted deeply, with the stem buried to the first set of leaves. The more deeply they are planted the more roots will form, providing the plant with additional support and better ability to take up nutrients. Some gardeners plant tomatoes by digging a horizontal trench and laying the plant in the trench with the top 2-4 inches of the plant pointing upward.
  • Fill the planting hole with soil to the top and press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water. 
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker. This is particularly important if you are trying different varieties. It is very difficult to tell which variety is which from the foliage.  
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Place your plant support at this time. You can try tomato cages or staking. Unsupported plants will sprawl on the ground, require no pruning, and will probably produce a larger yield of smaller fruit than will staked plants. For larger, cleaner, more perfect fruits, support plants as they grow. Growing on stakes: Place strong stakes in the ground and set plants about 6 inches from the stakes. Growing in cages: Place a cage around a single plant; let the vines grow and enlarge within the cage, no pruning  will be necessary

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. This is especially important for tomatoes as their roots may be easily damaged when weeding, and this can lead to blossom end rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • If growing on stakes: As the plants grow, allow only one or two main stems to grow and pinch out any other side shoots as they form. Gently tie the one or two remaining shoots to the stake; don't pull them tightly against the stake. If growing in cages, no pruning is necessary.
  • Whether to remove the side shoots, or suckers, that grow out of the leaf axils or not depends on the support system used. Gardeners using stakes usually snap off these side shoots. They typically get earlier and larger tomatoes but overall production tends to be less. If tomatoes are grown in cages, the suckers are generally left on, although it's a good idea to pinch the tip out of them when they are 6-8 inches long. Regardless you may want to remove all the growth from the bottom 6-10 inches of the plant. This helps to improve air circulation and reduce the spread of diseases such as early blight. Wait until the plants are knee-high. In the morning when the plants have the most water in them, snap off the lower growth while it is small. Any plants that look sick with distorted foliage or have a mosaic pattern on the leaves should be removed as they may have a virus that can spread to the other plants. It is best to do this early in the season.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvesting and Preserving Tips

  • Determinate tomato plants ripen a heavy crop over a few weeks. Indeterminate varieties bear fruit continuously till frost. Remember that the days to harvest refers to the time from setting out transplants in the garden.
  • Pick tomatoes when they are as ripe as possible. They should be fully colored and firm and picked regularly to avoid overloading plants.
  • At the end of the season, when you know there will be a frost, pick all the almost-ripe tomatoes you can, and ripen them in brown bags or spread on newspapers at room temperature. Many cultivars will store for months. Store only sound fruit, at 50-60°F. Do NOT refrigerate and try to avoid having the fruit touch each other.
  • The foliage of tomatoes is toxic and should not be eaten.
  • Tomato fruits are enjoyed in many cooked dishes as a flavoring. Use them to make soups, sauces, stews, ketchup, paste, juice, quiche, and pies. Add them to curries, casseroles, and chutney.
Days To Maturity
65-68 days
Fruit Weight
4-5 ounces
Full Sun
18 inches
24 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
6-8 weeks BLF
36 inches
Life Cycle
Tomato, Patio Princess Hybrid is rated 3.659090909090909 out of 5 by 44.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for small containers/spaces. No cage needed I started this variety with 2 others of its kind in the same pot thinking they'd grow. When I realized they weren't I separated them and Killed off the weaker ones. The one I kept was transplanted to a 3.5 gal bucket and it flourished immediately. It gave me 6-8 tasty 2"-2.5" fruit. After I harvested the last of the tomatoes on it, I assumed that was it for the 1' tall plant, but I let it grow out of curiosity. A few days later, The plant had grown 3-4" and set 2 bloom clusters.
Date published: 2016-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not grow These seeds never sprouted. Planted same time as the cucumber seeds and those are growing pretty fast
Date published: 2016-04-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Beautiful until it started producing fruit This plant seemed very hardy, durable, and perfect for my 24" patio pot. It enjoyed the full sunshine and daily watering, grew quickly and decently full. The plant was a lush green for most of the summer. The first few blossoms that appeared were lost to an ill timed thunderstorm in late June (the winds stripped the blooms clean off the plant). The blossoms that came after all began to grow fruits. The fruits came in very, very slowly and were incredibly slow to ripen. This plant also would fare better with a cage, despite being a bush variety. I ended up having to try and stake the plant in desperation as the fruits began to come in. The two main stems of the plant actually rent themselves open under the weight of the fruit and I was afraid I would lose the plant. The fruits were very slow growing and eve slower to ripen, to the point that if I didn't pick them when they were orange, the bugs would get them when they were ripe. If I try container tomatoes again this year, I think I'll go with an indeterminate variety and plan to cage it from the start. Really disappointing to nurture this plant all summer just to have it attempt to kill itself under the weight of fruits that barely ripened.
Date published: 2016-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent tomato plant Produced several large and promising clusters and then developed blight and lost about half the production.
Date published: 2015-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect Tomato!!! I have a container garden (using 36 gallon plastic storage totes with drainage holes added). I'm still pretty new to gardening (year 3), so still kind of experimenting. I'd had larger plants previously, which were actually broke down the containers they were in, and a couple that actually got too big for the 6 foot supports! With that in mind, I was looking for a smaller plant, perhaps to use in the "Topsy Turvy" upside down hanging planters. I ordered 3 of the Patio Princess. I was actually in the hospital when they arrived, but my hubby unpacked them and kept them watered and alive till I was able to get them planted. Ended up using one of the big containers instead of the Topsy Turvys because I didn't have proper places for them to hang. I put these three in a container with a plant ordered from another company (I'd ORDERED 18 from that company, and only ONE survived...lesson learned!). The other plant got quite large (easily 6 ft tall), so the patio princess seemed kind of dwarfed in comparison. I was afraid that the big one would take up all the root space and diminish the Patio Princess' produce. That was one needless worry!!! These little darlings were LOADED with tomatoes. I expected them to stay small (cherry sized), they got almost tennis ball size! Took quite a while to ripen, but they tasted great! These beautiful tomatoes are fantastic sliced, diced and even in sauce! One side note...these plants are "determinate", which, if I understand the term, means they give you one harvest all at once, and then they die off, so that's what I expected. I was dealing with health issues, so I didn't remove the Patio Princess plants when they were done...a couple of weeks after them being loaded and giving me a fantastic harvest, they actually started blossoming again! Now, the season's almost over (Sept 27), and there are about a dozen tomatoes on these lovely little plants!!! These Patio Princess plants have met and far exceeded my expectations! I'll definitely buy these again!!!
Date published: 2015-09-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible These were the worst patio tomatoes ever! The plants had lots of fruit but the skin was thick and they had absolutely NO flavor. We threw the plants away early.
Date published: 2015-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's pretty good! The patio princess was one of the several varieties of tomato I planted this year. It is very easy to grow and, depending on the planter size you plant it in, produces a very good amount of fruit. For instance, I had one plant planted in a smaller hanging planter, which produced probably 20 LARGE cherry sized tomatoes on it. I also had a couple others growing in 12-20 inch pots and some of them had tomatoes the size of small slicers growing on them! They haven't experienced any disease/problems so far and the taste is pretty good, but not out-of-this-world. I'm still on the hunt for tastier tomato varieties, but I was satisfied with this tomato and will probably grow it again some day.
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from For display only I grew many of these plants last year , they produce tons perfect looking round fruit , very good looking plant strong and hardy, the tomatoes however are very hard and tasteless. this would be a great plant for show , to be planted in a nice wine barrel pot , for this I would rate 5 stars otherwise it gets a 2 from me
Date published: 2015-03-15
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