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Tempting Tomatoes® Goodhearted® Solanum lycopersicum

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Mature Size
12" 18" 30cm 46cm
Height: 8" - 12"
Spread: 12" - 18"
Height: 20cm - 30cm
Spread: 30cm - 46cm
  • Details

    8 - 12 Inches
    18 - 24 Inches
    12 - 18 Inches
    20cm - 30cm
    46cm - 61cm
    30cm - 46cm


    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.

    Heat Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    8 - 12 Inches 20cm - 30cm
    Trails Up To: 
    12 Inches 30cm
    18 - 24 Inches 46cm - 61cm
    12 - 18 Inches 30cm - 46cm
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Yellow - not grown for flowers
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Deep Green
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 

    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).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Spring through Summer
    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.

  • 14 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I've seen these on Garden Answer and wanted to try them for a long time. Every year I put out a tomato garden for my mother. She'll get a salt shaker and sit around eating them through out the day. She's usually a fan of big slicers like Better Boys. Last year though, I got her a bunch of cherry tomato plants. A local greenhouse grew the goodhearted variety in hanging baskets and they looked absolutely amazing. I bought two plants and they produced all the way until August. They probably would have went longer had I remembered to fertilize them. I just swung by the market today and he already had some baskets for sale. I scooped up two and have no doubt they'll be amazing this year too.

      , West Virginia
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I grew these last year (2022) using the winter sowing method. I will always and forever plant these tomatoes. Absolutely wonderful tomato flavor! They were compact and perfect for growing in my pots. I’m excited to winter sow these again and instead of just having two plants, I plan on having 8 plants so that I can share these tasty tomatoes with friends and family. One plant produced so many tomatoes. They are fabulous! My mouth is watering as I type my review just remembering the amazing flavor. Located in Zone 7a (Herriman, Utah)

      Gena W.
      , Utah
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • My new favorite snack-sized tomato plant! All 15 seeds sprouted and grew into magnificent compact tomato plants. I used peat pellets, then peat pots and then transplanted them to my Southeast USA garden in mid-April. I also used grow lights and they thrived. The amount of tiny tomatoes from each plant is truly amazing. The mature plants put up with a fair amount of neglect, but bounce right back. The tomatoes look great when cut in half in salads and recipes. Very good taste to them as well. If you are looking for a patio or compact tomato plant, highly recommend this great variety. Can't wait to grow more next season!

      Kelly C.
      , 1 year ago
    • Wow! What beautiful plants you sent! The two "Goodhearted" have green tomatoes and are thriving and "Garden Gem" is very sturdy and doing beautifully. They put to shame the quite scrawny tomato plants shipped from a big name company for the same price. You have my business for certain.

      Beverly Duffield
      , Utah
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • Last year I bought seeds to produce these cherry tomatoes. They were amazing performers ! I had 3 plants that grew beautiful and put out so many tomatoes! Awesome taste! I had one in a container and 2 in a raised bed. They all performed equally well! Beyond that they grew in a wonderful bounty to last in Spring and Summer! The nice thing about them is they did not get mushy fast. You had time to pick them when they turned red and they lasted some after picking. Other cherry tomatoes we tried would turn mushy in a couple days. We are growing some in the house now to have some tomatoes in the winter. We have grow lights inside. Will see how they do. These are a staple in our garden every year now. I want to put them in hanging baskets this year. Enjoy a snack in the garden, sitting on your porch or those yummy salads! I recommend you try the seeds or plant. Wonderful size for containers or garden and great choice for limited space!

      Belinda Williston
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • 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
      , 3 years 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
      , 3 years 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
      , 4 years ago
    • So many tasty tomatoes on one plant!

      Jennifer Winship
      , British Columbia
      , Canada
      , 4 years ago
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