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Tempting Tomatoes 'Garden Gem' Lycopersicon esculentum

  • Hardy Zones
    • 10 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 30 - 42 Inches
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Tempting Tomatoes 'Garden Gem' Lycopersicon esculentum
Sun 30 - 42


Can I COME HOME with you?

This semi-determinate, snack-size tomato has been hailed as a breakthrough.  It was developed to have true heirloom taste, with modern disease resistance and high fruit yield. It has firm, juicy fruit with a smooth, balanced flavor. These plants will produce tomatoes for an extended period of time and thrives in heat and humidity. Fruit ripens in about 55 days.

Long Blooming
Heat Tolerant


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Height Category: 
Garden Height: 
30 - 42 Inches
24 - 30 Inches
12 - 20 Inches
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Plant Needs

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Bloom Time: 
Planting To Frost
Hardiness Zones: 
10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
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Soil Fertility Requirement: 
Average Soil
Soil Fertility Requirement: 
Fertile Soil
Specimen or Focal Point
Uses Notes: 

This is a garden tomato that will prolifically produce snack-sized tomatoes with truly fantastic taste.  They grow large in the landscape, but when grown in a container they are more contained in size.  They do need to be staked or caged to grow them successfully.  This tomato will produce fruit for an extended period of time. If you are growing this plant in a container, a 14" diameter (5 gallon volume) is the minimum necessary size. The ideal size size would be a 16" to 20" (7-10 gallon) container. Be sure to provide support by using a tomato cage or other structure in the container.

Maintenance Notes: 

Determinate tomatoes do not grow as large as indeterminate tomatoes.  You will need to use a tomato cage or staking of some sort to support the plants.  They will need to be kept from getting excessively dry. Consistent watering and regular fertilization will be key to keeping your plant in full production mode. They can be grown in containers, a minimum of 12 inches in diameter is suggested, but larger is better.  If grown in containers they will still need to be given support of a tomato cage or stake of some sort.  These plants are quite disease resistant and with proper care should provide fruit throughout the season.

Tempting Tomatoes 'Garden Gem' Lycopersicon esculentum USPVP 201400052
  • Prolific and delicious!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Patricia Boley
    United States
    18 weeks ago
  • These were recommended by a friend whose kids heard about them.
    Last year, I received seeds for the Garden Gem and Garden Treasure. So many seeds germinated, I gave 15 plants to friends!
    This year, I received GG, GT and a new one called "W." I only tried to germinate 7 seeds of each. Ended up still giving away 6 plants.
    It's now the first of October and they are still producing. They're overcrowded but haven't fallen victim to disease.
    No other tomatoes for me!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Kathy C.
    United States
    36 weeks ago
  • I have grown this plant and the Garden Treasure from University of Florida. Amazing plants that can be good eating or sauce tomatoes. Incredible flavor. Very productive. They tolerate SC heat quite well and were very disease resistant. Mine were semi-determinate however. ........ This year, I did not get seedlings started and am so disappointed after growing these! I am growing other varieties available as plants only and am very disappointed after growing this and the GT before. I will always have a heirloom Cherokee Purple and a Black Cherry plant but these will be the bulk of my plantings! I am so glad they will be commercially available and that you will continue to make them available as SEEDS for those of us who don't want to break the bank buying plants.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Nancy Jocoy
    South Carolina
    United States
    50 weeks ago
  • Best tomato I have ever tasted! This is the second year that I am growing them. I have gotten the seeds by donating to th University of Florida. I am glad to see that the plants will soon be available. It is fun growing from seed, but I am always glad to get rid of the plant lights in the powder room when the weather is finally warm enough for the tomatoes to go outdoors. The tomatoes are firm, and taste more like a fruit than a vegetable. (Of course, they are a fruit, but most tomatoes don’t have a lovely peach like aroma.) The tomato flesh is firm with relatively few seeds. Makes outstanding salsa, but requires more lime juice than normal because the acid level is low. Also makes flavorful tomato soup.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    JB Andrews
    United States
    1 year ago
  • I, along with several family members and friends, have grown Garden Gem over multiple years prior to its commercial release. It really is a fantastic tomato with an interesting story! Check out its history in this article from a few years ago:
    Also see Harry Klee's tomato breeding lab at University of Florida for more information about Garden Gem and some of their other new varieties, including Garden Treasure (also seen here on Proven Winners):

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Matt S
    1 year ago
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