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Tomato, Tumbler Hybrid

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The best tomato for hanging baskets and containers.

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Produces up to 6 lb. of sweet, bright red cherry tomatoes, 1 1/4" in diameter. Extremely early harvest in less than 50 days!
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.


Fruit Bearing This refers to the relative season when the plant produces fruit, or if it bears continuously or just once


Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

50 days

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

1 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

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  • Tomatoes

    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: Mar-07 - Last Date: Mar-21
    First Date: May-02 - Last Date: May-30

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 until 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.
Fruit Bearing
Days To Maturity
50 days
Fruit Weight
1 ounces
Full Sun
18 inches
12-16 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Sow Time
6-8 weeks BLF
36 inches
Tomato, Tumbler Hybrid is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Serves a purpose, but not the best look or taste I have two large (2' X 8') elevated raised beds on legs in which I grow veg. I devoted one bed to bush and Tumbler Tom tomatoes this season. Because of the hanging/trailing habit of the Tumbler Toms, I could plant them right against the edge of the bed, devoting larger space to the bush varieties. Well, I must say, the Tumblers were amazingly prolific, completely disease free and no splitting of fruits. They did exactly what they claimed -- trailed off the side of the planter and hung down, almost three feet, to the ground. Tons and tons of fruit. However, the taste of the fruit was utterly unremarkable compared to four other varieties grown in identical conditions. Just bland. And the habit of these plants is incredibly unattractive. Knobbly, random branching...just not pretty. I will skip these going forward, but must say they did exactly as promised, just not flavorful enough given the hundreds of other options out there. I feel exactly the same about Patio Princess, a far more attractive dwarf variety -- really pretty, in fact-- but totally bland flavor compared to so many other options, neither sweet nor tomato-y.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh My plants do not look like the picture. I did get tomatoes very early from this plant. Not very prolific and not very tasty. I will not bother growing them next year. Time to try something else.
Date published: 2015-08-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tumbler is not tumbling! Disappointed! My tumblers seem to have the upright growth pattern. They are wispier than my other tomatoes but show no tumbling tendency. They are 3 feet tall. (Photo: the ones in black pots are "Tumblers", the one on the far right is a Black Crimean planted at the same time)
Date published: 2015-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful producer I didn't know what to expect because I planted these seeds later in the season in a smart pot, but they were quite fast to sprout up and start producing! The tomatoes were the perfect size for salads, and I must admit popping more than a few in my mouth like popcorn before they made it n the door! I will definitely remember to buy these again next season because they are quick to produce, have a nice tangy taste, and also because they look very pretty on the porch.
Date published: 2014-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal cherry tomato!!!! Bought Tumblers growing in a hanging basket from a local garden center last year and I thought they were amazing, so this year I found seed at Burpee and decided to grow my own. I planted them in containers larger than a hanging basket and the plants are incredible--healthy, huge and producing loads of fruit. I plan to grow these every year now. Thank you, Burpee!!!
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointed I was highly disappointed in this tomato. I had hoped to save valuable garden space by growing my cherry tomatoes in pots. Luckily I also grew a few "sweet baby girls." This tomato had a tough skin, and not much flavor. It was prolific, but not a favorite. I tried the "pinchback" method, but instead got nothing further on those stems. I don't think I'l be growing this one again. I'll stick to the usual kind.
Date published: 2007-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dynamite in a Small Package Seeds germinated easily and grew quickly. Pinch the tops once they reach about six inches high and they will bush out more readily. I planted six of these in hanging baskets around my back yard and was giving away more tomatoes than kept. I eat these as a snack and still couldn't keep up with these small plants. I had to tie some of the branches to the basket hanger to keep them from breaking under the weight of the clusters. Even of those branches that did break most healed and kept on producing. Two of these plants survived all through the brutal heat of the Texas Gulf Coast summer and produced all the way into December. I kept these two plants in the greenhouse until frost was over and am rooting some tip cuttings from them. I'll report back with results from the cuttings later. If you love cherry tomatoes, I highly recommend this plant.
Date published: 2007-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prolific performer All seeds germinated and transplanted well. In this hot and humid Gulf coastal climate, this tomato produced early and often. I couldn't give them away fast enough. Great taste, good size. Only problem was that limbs had a hard time holding up the abundant harvest and needed to be propped up. I plan to grow these again and have recommended it to all my friends who are tired of climbing a ladder to pick their cherry tomatoes on indeterminate vines! They expect my advice to be good because I'm a Master Gardener, and I know they's think I'm a genius if they plant Tumbler tomatoes!
Date published: 2007-01-01
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