Sunset's Red Horizon

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Sunset's Red Horizon
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color red
Fruit shape heart
Fruit size large
Fruit type slicer
Variety type open-pollinated
Country USA


indet., regular leaf, medium to large heart-shaped red fruits, 6-14 oz, very meaty and not juicy flesh, very good to excellent balanced flavor.

Seed source:

Mireille Blais, Quebec, Canada 07 / TomatoFest 07

Year grown: 2008 (crop failure), 2010

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


  • The original variety, Rostova, is a heirloom red beefsteak from Southern Russia that was introduced to the west by Nik Peplenov who immigrated to the US in 1999 and brought with him his favorite heirloom seeds from the Rostov, Don region of Russia.
  • First offered commercially by SeedFest in 2001. In 2003 Gary Ibsen, the owner of TomatoFest , renamed Rostova variety to "Sunset's Red Horizon", and TomatoFest has been offering Sunset's Red Horizon tomato since then.
  • Unfortunately sometime later after Rostova was first reoffered by TomatoFest under the new name, something happened with the seed stock, and the seeds offered by TomatoFest nowadays are described as heart-shaped. The heart-shaped variant found its way to the hands of many gardeners, and into other commercial seed catalogs as Rostova (i.e., 2007 Tomato Growers Supply seed catalog).
  • The true Rostova is a red beefsteak. Today’s Sunset’s Red Horizon sold by TomatoFest is a red heart. It is clear that today's Sunset’s Red Horizon and the original Rostova are two different tomatoes, and should not be confused.


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Year Commercial Vendors Seed Savers Yearbook (Member listings) Seeds of Diversity (Member listings)
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2015 . .
2014 Diane's Flower Seeds
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2013 Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds - sold out for 2013
Delectation of Tomatoes - new
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2012 Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds . .
2011 Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds - new
Full Circle Seeds
2 1
2010 Full Circle Seeds
1 .
2009 Full Circle Seeds
1 .
2008 Tomato Growers Supply (as Rostova, but with heart-shaped fruit)
1 .
2007 Tomato Growers Supply - new (as Rostova, but with heart-shaped fruit)

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