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Tempting Tomatoes Goodhearted® Solanum lycopersicum

  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
12" 18"
8" - 12"
12" - 18"
  • Details


    BOOST a pot's EGO today.

    This compact, cherry-size tomato has been hailed as a breakthrough.  It is perfectly sized for growing in a container on your patio. For its size, it produces tons of ripe tomatoes. Tomatoes present prominently. Juicy fruits have a tender skin and perfect sweet to acid balance, with a Brix value of about 9. The somewhat heart-shaped tomatos are fun and interesting. They look especially cool when sliced in half, which shows off the heart-shape to best effect. The tomato shape helps this veggie be ornamental as well as yummy. These plants will produce tomatoes for an extended period of time and thrive in heat and humidity. Fruit ripens in about 65 to 72 days. The plant is determinate, which means it will maintaine it's tidy size. Support should not be needed.

    Taxonomists recently changed the the genus and species for tomatoes.  Lycopersicon esculentum has changed to Solanum lycopersicum.

    Award Winner
    Heat Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    8 - 12 Inches
    Trails Up To: 
    12 Inches
    18 - 24 Inches
    12 - 18 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Yellow - not grown for flowers
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Deep Green
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Spring
    Hardiness Zones: 
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Fertile Soil
    Uses Notes: 

    This is a container tomato that will prolifically produce cherry-sized tomatoes with great taste.  The compact size works will in patio planters, window boxes and would be a fun hanging basket plant where it will cascade and allow for easy harvest. It should not need to be staked or caged to grow it successfully. This tomato will produce fruit for an extended period of time. If you are growing this plant in a container, a 12" diameter (3 gallon volume) is the minimum necessary size. The ideal size would be a 14" to 18" (5-7 gallon) container. 

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Goodhearted is a determinate plant, which means this tomato does not grow as large as indeterminate tomatoes.  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 10 inches in diameter is suggested.  They should not need staking or a tomato cage, but support can be used if necessary.  These plants have good disease resistance and with proper care should provide fruit throughout the season. Scout for tomato pests and treat the plants if necessary.

  • 9 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • My plants haven't fruited yet will review again after I get fruit. I grew from seed and I was so excited to find them. I heard about them from garden answer and I had 100% germination. I'm a first time gardener with little to no idea what I'm doing, I just follow whatever Laura does on Garden Answer and have great results.

      Rebecca Stuerman
      , Missouri
      , United States
      , 22 weeks ago
    • The seeds are duds. No germination on heat mat. Other seeds from other sources did fine for me. I did have success with the patio sunshine seeds, but I really wanted both color tomatoes. Very disappointed with PW seeds although I love their plants.

      , 29 weeks ago
    • Grew the Goodhearted Tomatoes from seed last year. I planted them in pots and hanging baskets and they did exceptionally well. The amount of tomatoes these little plants produced was amazing! Will be growing them again this year.

      Carolyn Ricedorf
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 41 weeks ago
    • One of my favorites to use in salads and as a small slicing tomato for sub sandwiches. A great taste when eaten right off the plant for an early morning snack in the garden. It has a nice tart to it and balances out smooth as the finish just leaves you wanting more. For a snack size tomato it has a very equal amount of meatiness and juiciness that balances out well. A bit larger than a cherry size tomato gives a bit more tart than a smaller sweeter size tomato. Cutting this tomato in half gives you a shape similar to that of a heart therefore giving it the name good hearted. we have used this tomato in salsa and sauces with great results. Very disease resistant from blight and keeps its forest green foliage throughout production. Even after receiving one that was broken in half, it produced prolifically from the off shoots and never looked back. We will definitely grow this fruit again.

      Ambrose Salazar
      , Virginia
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • So many tasty tomatoes on one plant!

      Jennifer Winship
      , British Columbia
      , Canada
      , 2 years ago
  • 3 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2020 Perfect Score All Season Oregon State University
    2019 Top Performer Oregon State University
    2019 Perfect Score All Season Iowa State
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