Tomato Bonsai: grow even on the windowsill!

The mass craze for growing tomatoes on the balcony or in the room began with the advent of miniature tomato varieties. One of the popular indoor varieties is called Bonsai. Of course, a large harvest from a small bush cannot be harvested, but it will be enough for food. In addition, a well-groomed plant looks quite decorative, therefore, in addition to gastronomic pleasure, it will also give an aesthetic one.

Description of tomato variety Bonsai

This variety already has a small, but quite successful history. We created a crumb-plant in 1998, its applicants were 2 firms at once - Agrofirma Gavrish LLC and Gavrish Breeding Company LLC. In 2001, the culture was included in the State Register of Breeding Achievements of Russia. The name, most likely, was given to the indoor variety due to its strong stem and leafy crown, which is why it really resembles a miniature copy of a tree.

The amazing Bonsai tomato belongs to the selection of the well-known company Gavrish

Growing regions

After passing the variety testing, Bonsai is approved for cultivation in all regions of the country, even in the most northern ones. This is not surprising, because the State Register recommends growing the variety on balconies, loggias and indoors. But the variety gained fame not only in our country, an unusual variety is grown in Moldova, and in Belarus, and in Ukraine.


The plant is determinate, 20 - 30 cm high... The bush is compact, standard type, with a small root system. Internodes are short, shoots are weak. Leaves are medium in size, moderately wrinkled, dark green. The first inflorescence of the intermediate type appears after 5-6 leaves, the next - without separation by the leaf. Many fruits are tied. The peduncle is articulated.

Tiny fruits have a rounded shape, smooth surface and from a distance resemble New Year's toys hung on an unusual tree. Tomato weight - 24 - 27 g... Unripe tomato is light green, without a spot at the stalk. When ripe, it becomes deep red. The skin is not tough, but firm. The pulp is quite juicy, tender, aromatic, seed nests - 2. Sweetish taste. The taste is good and excellent.

Bonsai forms a lot of ovary, so the variety will provide the table with vitamin products


Before you start growing any type of tomato, you should find out their characteristics. Bonsai has them very attractive:

  • The variety has a short vegetative period and belongs to the early maturing species. From the moment of emergence of full shoots to the beginning of fruit ripening, about 94 - 97 days pass. But in warm regions, the harvest can be expected even less - only 85 days. The first ripe tomatoes can be tasted in June;
  • the yield for a crumb-plant, according to the State Register, is excellent - up to 1.0 kg of marketable fruits are removed from one plant. Although the originator claims a much more modest figure - only 0.5 kg per bush;
  • at home, the fruiting period is extended until the onset of cold snaps;
  • Bonsai is not a hybrid, so you can harvest the seed yourself;
  • according to reviews of tomato growers who grew the plant, the culture is resistant to late blight;
  • the crop is not suitable for long-term transportation and storage. But it can be used in its natural form, for example, by preparing a salad, and in whole-fruit canning.

Features of the Bonsai variety and its differences from other balcony varieties

A feature of the Bonsai tomato is the possibility of its cultivation not only on balconies, but also in the open field, which was successfully used by gardeners of the southern regions. And most importantly, the taste, according to tomato growers, is very good.

Table: Bonsai and similar varieties, what are the similarities and differences

Tomato Pearl, like Bonsai, grows well on a balcony or in a room, even in a hanging planter

Table: advantages and disadvantages of tomato Bonsai

The nuances of growing

Agree, it is very convenient to harvest your favorite vegetable without leaving your home. But few people thought that this method of growing is somewhat different from the usual one. But you should not be afraid in advance, with a careful attitude towards yourself, culture will only delight, and it is quite easy to care for a potted crop.

Bonsai is best grown by seedlings. The originators recommend sowing seeds in mid or late April. But in the southern regions, this procedure can be done in the first half of March. Seed preparation is carried out in the usual way, as well as the process of growing seedlings. For planting, two-liter pots with holes for water drainage are suitable, so the plant will not take up much space. The primer is suitable for universal use, but before use it must be disinfected by calcining in the oven or spilling with a dark pink solution of potassium permanganate. Be sure to lay a three-centimeter layer of drainage at the bottom of the pot.

A miniature bonsai planted in a flower pot does not take up much space

And now about the promised nuances:

  1. For Bonsai to develop well and bear fruit, provide the plant with the brightest spot on the balcony, loggia or windowsill. The culture will feel most comfortable if the windows face south or east. But protect the bush from drafts!
  2. Watering should be sufficient to keep the soil moderately moist. Excessive humidity will lead to the development of fungal diseases, and frequent periods of drought will lead to the loss of flowers and ovary. Give special control to watering - at home, especially on a hot day, the soil in a small pot dries out quickly.
  3. Food is brought in 10 days after transplantation. And then, according to the scheme 1 time in 2 - 3 weeks, they use universal mineral fertilizers, for example, Kemira or Kemira-lux... During the growth period, you can slightly increase the nitrogen content in the working solution. When the ripening of the crop begins - potassium and phosphorus. But do not get carried away too much, prepare the solution strictly according to the instructions.
  4. Thanks to the stable stem, it is not necessary to tie up the bush; pinching is also not carried out. To speed up the ripening of tomatoes, you can remove the leaves under the first fruit brush. But do this not immediately, but a couple of leaves a week so that the plant does not experience a shock.
  5. During the flowering period, you need to help the plant with pollination.... To do this, you just need to shake the bush slightly during the flowering period, holding it by the stem. It is especially important to do this if the tomato grows in a room where pollinating insects cannot fly.

Bonsai bears fruit well on a lighted balcony

In the open field, Bonsai tomato is looked after like other low-growing varieties. You can plant decorative bushes not only on a regular garden bed, but also on a flower bed, or along paths. A good option is to plant dwarf bushes in the legs to tall ones to compact the plantings... And a joint planting with marigolds will protect against the invasion of insect pests.

Planting density - 7 - 9 plants per 1 m2, or according to the scheme 70 by 30-40 cm.

In the southern regions, tomato Bonsai shows excellent results in the open field.

Bonsai micro F1

Tomato Bonsai from Gavrish has a namesake - Bonsai micro F1. This is a hybrid, as is already clear from the labeling. The seeds of this variety are produced by Biotekhnika. The bush is very small, only 10 - 12 cm high. Edible fruits weighing 15 - 20 g with delicate and aromatic pulp. The variety is not included in the State Register.

Agricultural technology is similar to the one described above. A distinctive feature of the hybrid is its small size. Thanks to this, care is very easy, since there is no need to form a bush. Therefore, even a beginner can grow a crumb.

Bonsai micro F1 gets along well with indoor flowers on the windowsill

Reviews of tomato Bonsai

Tomato Bonsai is suitable for busy gardeners, or for those who do not have a plot at all. At home, small children can be attracted to growing, because it is very easy to care for the crop. And as a reward for the labors, children will be happy to devour bright and sweet fruits. And if there are surplus crops, they can be preserved, a strong skin will protect the fruit from cracking.

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Brief characteristic of the variety

A cow's heart is often found in vegetable gardens. This tomato variety is appreciated for its large fruits with very juicy and tasty pulp. As gardeners themselves say, most often it is consumed fresh, as well as for preparing salads, although it is ideal for canning. Of course, it will not be possible to place it entirely in a jar, because some fruits reach a weight of 1 kg, and if cut into halves or quarters, it will not hold the shape. So it is best for blanks to use it as an additional component in lecho, stew, sauté, or cover juice from it (especially since one kg can get up to 700 g of this product), paste, ketchup, etc.

On one formed brush, up to five fruits are formed. The color of a ripe tomato is intense with a glossy shine.

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