Extreme Dwarf Bush, German

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Extreme Dwarf Bush, German
Maturity early
Growth habit det., dwarf
Leaf type regular, rugose
Fruit color red
Fruit shape globe
Fruit size small
Fruit type salad, canner
Variety type commercial heirloom
Country Germany


very early, dwarf, compact det. plant about 1-1.5' tall, rugose foliage that sometimes curls up even under normal growing conditions (=physiological leaf roll condition), the plants are identical to the Extreme Bush which I grew side-by-side in 2008, and is very likely the same tomato. Small-medium red globes, very juicy and of good flavor.

Seed source:

Michael Volk, Texas 07

Year grown: 2008

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


  • Old commercial variety of German origin (?).
  • The description from the 1958 Gleckler Catalog says:
Extreme Dwarf Bush
The most unusual dwarf bush tomato we have ever tested. Extreme dwarf rugged growth rarely grows more than afoot tall and the same in diameter. It is really a mystery how such a small plant can produce such an abundance of good size tomatoes. Extremely early, in fact we set out plants here in northern Ohio, June 15th, 45 days ripe tomatoes appeared. Somehow one of the fruits fell to the ground and was stepped on, before the first heavy frost struck, lo and behold there beside the mother plant stood progeny plants in full bloom. This took place in one of the dryest summers on record. If the mother plants had been set a month earlier we would of had two crops in one year. Leaves have a distinct upward curl, very thick and rigid. Beautiful globular red fruits attain a size up to 3 inches in diameter. Flavor is almost identical to the famous Rutgers strain. What a joy it will be for shut-ins and indoor gardeners to watch this dwarf bush tomato grow in their homes and bear delicious fruit. All you need to grow them is a 10 inch flower pot or larger and set in a southern exposed window. Like greenhouse tomatoes the plant mush be tapped with a stick when blossoms reach the open and extreme yellow stage in order to effect pollenization. This is taken care of by the wind when grown outdoors. Better yet, get some of the new hormones, spray on the blossoms for artificial pollenization and produce seedless tomatoes."

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