This is my second year growing dwarf tomatoes. They are not all that common yet so I thought I would create a thread about them. First, what are dwarf tomatoes. Dwarf tomatoes are mostly the same as regular tomatoes except the plants have short interstems the stem between leaf nodes. Because of the short interstem, the plants grow about one half as tall as regular tomato plants. The leaves are different, tending to be wrinkly (rugose) and sometimes look to me like they are thicker. They are not entirely new - there was a dwarf French variety in the late 1800's that way be the ancestor of all of the modern dwarf varieties. A few varieties were developed by tomato growers during the early 20th century but then there wasn't much interest until the internet age. A group of modern tomato enthusiasts got together and crossed many heirloom varieties with dwarf varieties to create new types. They did great work, and their story is told here. They called their group "The Dwarf Tomato Project". They did really amazing work and developed many interesting new tomato varieties, all nonhybrid so gardeners can save their own seeds. I am trying to remain an active gardener, doing what I love the most. Age and illness have made me much less able to do the tasks I used to. I'm doing the best I can, using more human scale fruit trees, raised beds and large planters. I thought dwarf tomatoes might be helpful, so I decided to try them. Some of the varieties I tried were from the Dwarf Tomato Project (via Victory Seeds) and some were those old dwarf varieties from the early 20th century (same source) or other small plant types. The ones I grew last year were: Alpatieva 905A - an old small determinate Soviet variety. The plants were small, maxing out at under 20 inches. They had the earliest tomatoes, small (ping pong ball size), quite tasty and productive, then died. I'm not sure if it was blight or if their time was up. Not growing in 2022. Extreme Bush [I originally posted this as Extreme Dwarf which was wrong. Caught the error later on re-reading]. An old, originally German variety. Small, determinate plants. Easy in containers. These were very productive. Heirloom tomato flavor. Still ping pong ball size. The plants have weird leaves that wrinkle upwards. I saved seeds for this year. Dwarf Champion Improved - early 20th century variety. Larger tomatoes than Extreme Dwarf, pink color. It was in a bad location, saved seeds and trying this year. (I didn't take a photo). BrandyFred. A Brandywine descendent, with big potato-leaf plants. It was later producing than the others and not that productive, but the tomatoes were big and very delicious. I saved seeds for this year. There were others I can also describe my experiences if there is interest (Tanunda Red, Dwarf CC McGee, Clare Valley Pink). I found that using a brown paper mulch helps tremendously to prevent blight. I will do that this year. They still can fall over especially when loaded with tomatoes, so they need stakes. Just not as tall as regular tomatoes. The plants can be grown a bit longer before planting outside, because they are smaller. As far as I know, there are no hybrid dwarf tomatoes (bush type yes, but those are determinates), so modern disease resistance is lacking. They have to be treated as heirloom type tomatoes, and a disease preventing mulch is important. They are quite convenient for tall or short raised beds and containers. Flavor for the ones I tried was all excellent. Productivity depends at least partly on the variety. I also grew a cherry dwarf variety, Dwarf Johnson Cherry. They were good, pink, cherry tomatoes but I thought not as outstanding as Supersweet 100 or Sungold. Still, I saved seeds for this year. Again, I can say more if there is interest. This year I'm trying some others, repeating some from saved seeds, and refining my growing methods. I'm only growing three regular type, and two bush type as well.