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Old July 3, 2018   #16
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Being a relative newbie here, I'll go ahead and ask a stupid question: What's a "tumbler"?
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Old July 4, 2018   #17
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a small tomato that hangs or tumbles from a hanging basket. more of a novelty than much production.

I grew Sweet Valentine this year... not impressed yet. it had a great write up...
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Being a relative newbie here, I'll go ahead and ask a stupid question: What's a "tumbler"?
Tumblers are also called tumbling, or cascading, or trailing, or hanging basket tomatoes.

They're determinate tomatoes with extremely short internodes (sets of leaves are close together). Rather than a main stem, they look like they have lots of floppy stems coming out of a central hub.

The earliest mention I've found of one is "Tumbler" in the 1991 edition of "The Bedding Plant Expert" by D. G. Hessayon.
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Maglia Rosa
That would be the best tasting one!

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Old July 4, 2018   #20
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Thank you relative newbie!! Before that pic, I thought maybe they were talking a flipping basket like that topsy turvy 'as seen on tv' thing!
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a small tomato that hangs or tumbles from a hanging basket. more of a novelty than much production.

I grew Sweet Valentine this year... not impressed yet. it had a great write up...
I think a tumbler is any determinate cherry that has a soft or lax stem habit that allows it to drape if unsupported over the edge of a pot or basket without breaking. I disagree that they aren’t productive,
Many are very productive. For example, if you look closely at my photo you will Be able to see a LOT of cherry tomatoes already set and the plant continues to bloom. They also tend to be quite early as a rule and hanging tomato baskets are a hot seller at least in western Canada you will find them at every garden Center and they sell for about 35-50 $ for a nice one.
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Karen... Yours may be very productive and it obviously appears to be very productive.... Most all of the ones commercially available just are disappointing for production.
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Always a mistake to purchase a 'patio' variety at BigBox. I did a test.

As I did 5-ish years ago. Never produced a fruit but filled out. That led to thinking I should/or
could not grow deck tomatoes....I now have, loose count, 36? dwarfs, two dozen micros...and
another later batch seeded micros, another 36-ish.

I've been here a dozen years and only grew some kitchen herbs having 5-7 hours of sun
depending on the sun position...and did succeed in the lower driveway for some cherry snackers
like SunGold.

I just start some early trays, under lights, then Spring sunny window....been picking nice tasty cherries
since mid June.

I seeded a tray of 6 varieties a couple weeks ago including MagliaRosa for Fall. I can bring them just inside
the deck sunny slider window if cold hits early. Then cull if no room. (seeds are cheap)
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