Pinocchio variety - dwarf tomato for growing on the balcony and windowsill

Pinocchio is one of the representatives of dwarf tomatoes. This variety is worth paying attention to, since it is not necessary to have a land plot to cultivate it. A tomato can grow well on a balcony or windowsill and produce small, tasty cherry tomatoes.

The history of growing Pinocchio tomato

The author of the variety is the breeder Aleksashova M. V. Tomato was declared for state variety testing in 1995 by the agricultural firm "Semko" LTD and the Czech Agrofirma "Moravoseed" Spolecnost s Rucenim Omezenym. In 1997, it was included in the State Register throughout the Russian Federation. Pinocchio is recommended for growing as a pot culture in indoor conditions and on the balcony, but, according to reviews, it feels great in greenhouses, as well as outdoors in mild climates.

Description and characteristics of the Pinocchio variety

The plant is compact, low (20–35 cm), belongs to the standard determinant (having limited growth) type. The stem is thick, firm. A small number of shoots are formed. The variety does not require pinching and garter. Dark green medium dissected leaves of an intermediate type (a cross between tomato and potato) densely cover the bush, which looks very decorative. Multiple racemes, up to 10–12 ovaries are formed on them. The peduncle has an articulation.

The Pinocchio tomato develops multiple clusters.

The fruits are small, like other varieties of cherry, their average weight is 15–20 grams, the largest specimens can reach 30–35 grams. The shape is flat-round. The skin is dense, smooth, green in unripe fruits. There is a dark green spot at the place of attachment of the peduncle. When ripe, the tomatoes turn completely red. The number of nests is 2-3.

The fruits of the Pinocchio tomato are round in shape, with a smooth glossy skin, when ripe they evenly redden

The pulp is juicy, tender, not fleshy, with a large number of seeds. Tomatoes do not crack, but due to the soft structure of the pulp, they do not store well and do not tolerate transportation. In the State Register, the taste is characterized as good and excellent, and gardeners also agree with this assessment. The most delicious tomatoes are fully ripe on the bush. The fruits are good in salads, they are used to decorate various dishes. With whole-fruit canning, the dense skin remains intact.

Small sweetish tomatoes are especially popular with children.

Juicy and tender pulp of the Pinocchio tomato variety contains a large amount of seeds

According to the State Register, the variety is considered mid-season, which means that 105-110 days pass from the moment of full sprouting to the beginning of ripening. Agrofirm "SeDeK" claims that it is early maturing, with a ripening period of 90–95 days. Yield indicators are not cosmic, but quite worthy for such a "baby", the State Register claims that up to 1–1.5 kg of products can be harvested from one bush. In practice, this result is not always obtained, but due to the compacted planting of compact plants (8-9 pcs / m2) from a unit of area, you can get up to 5-6 kg of fruits.

For its modest size, the Pinocchio variety has a decent yield.

The variety is rather unpretentious for all cultivation methods. The State Register is silent about the presence of immunity, in other sources it is noted that the tomato is resistant to many common diseases of the culture. Gardeners also do not complain about the vulnerability of plants to diseases.

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Advantages and disadvantages

The variety has many advantages:

  • Early maturity.
  • The compact bush does not require shaping and tying.
  • Suitable for growing indoors and on the balcony.
  • Decorativeness.
  • Good yield.
  • Fruit crack resistance.
  • High palatability of fresh tomatoes.
  • Suitability for whole fruit canning.
  • You can harvest your own seeds as this is a variety and not a hybrid.

The disadvantages with a stretch include the loss of decorativeness after harvesting. After the end of fruiting, the bushes dry up and do not look very attractive, they are eliminated and replaced with others.

Landing nuances

The described variety is cultivated in seedlings. The period of growing seedlings is 50–55 days from the moment of full sprouting. Sprouts appear 4–5 days after sowing the seeds. Seedlings are grown according to the usual rules.

The timing of sowing seeds for seedlings depends on the growing method:

  • To plant seedlings in open ground at the end of May, sowing is carried out in the second half of March.
  • For greenhouse cultivation, the dates are shifted 2–4 weeks ago.
  • Since the variety can be cultivated in indoor conditions all year round, in this case the sowing time depends solely on the planned harvest period.

Dates of planting in open and closed ground are adjusted depending on climatic and weather conditions. Seedlings are planted only in warm soil, it should warm up to at least +15 ° C.

The recommended planting pattern is 30x50 cm. It is recommended to plant 6 bushes on one square meter, but up to 7-8 plants can be placed.

Pinocchio is often used to seal tall tomatoes. In a greenhouse, it can be planted along the southern side at the very wall, in the open field - along the edges of beds with tall tomatoes or next to curbs.

When grown at home, containers from 3 to 5 liters are used. According to reviews, plants develop and bear fruit better in five-liter pots. Drainage (crushed eggshells, expanded clay, small pebbles or pebbles) must be laid on the bottom. The soil is used the same as for growing seedlings. One of the options: garden soil, humus, peat and sand taken in equal shares.

Care features

The bush grows well without pinching and garter, but if it is heavily loaded with harvest, then the weak root system under the weight of the fruit can wriggle out of the ground. Therefore, when planting seedlings, it is better to immediately provide for the installation of a support.

In the open field, plants are watered 1-2 times a week with warm water (+25 ° C) strictly at the root. Indoor tomatoes, on the contrary, need irrigation of the leaf mass, since the level of humidity in the room is usually below the recommended (70%) for growing Pinocchio.

When carrying out dressings, an optimal balance of nutrients for dwarf cherry tomatoes should be observed. An excess of nitrogen is extremely undesirable for the variety, since it does not need the growth of green mass. Plants require phosphorus and potassium to a greater extent. The ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium should be as follows: N: P: K - 4: 5: 6. The first feeding is carried out 7-10 days after planting the seedlings in a permanent place, and then they are fed 2-3 more times with an interval of 10-15 days.

Loosening, mulching, weed control is carried out as usual when growing a vegetable crop. The variety is not prone to stretching, but it is better to compensate for the lack of light during cultivation in winter at home with additional illumination, bringing the duration of daylight hours to 10-12 hours a day.

Reviews of the Pinocchio tomato variety

The Pinocchio variety, of course, will not completely replace traditional tomatoes, but it will be a great addition to them. Miniature decorative bushes, strewn with small tasty tomatoes, can decorate not only a balcony or windowsill, but also a garden bed or flower bed. And for lovers of vegetables who do not have their own plot, such a tomato will be just a godsend.

Characteristics and description of the most delicious varieties of black tomatoes

Honey drop

Average weight - 30 grams, unpretentious, requires watering and soil feeding, planted in a greenhouse in March, the harvest is harvested until September.

Samara F-1

The average weight of a tomato is 90 g, juicy and sweet, vegetables require additional lighting (a specialized variety for greenhouses).

The average weight of tomatoes is 90 g, very early ripening, resistant to late blight.

The average weight of the fruit is 100 grams, resistant to diseases and pests, the first fruits can be harvested in July.

The average weight of the fruit is 120-150 grams, it needs constant care and attentive care, vegetables are stored until the next harvest.

Miracle of the Earth

The average fruit weight is 400 grams, but tomatoes weighing up to 600 grams are not uncommon, they have a high yield, are resistant to drought, calmly tolerate changes in humidity and temperature.

Bull heart

The weight of a tomato of an unusual shape can reach 700 g, a late-ripening variety, very demanding on temperature and watering, a prerequisite is a solid support (peg).


The average weight of a tomato is up to 200 g, a specialized variety for a greenhouse, unpretentious in maintenance, a high stem requires a mandatory garter, is not susceptible to tobacco mosaic virus, cladosporium, fusarium. The absence of additional chemical treatment makes it possible to obtain environmentally friendly products.


When observing this variety, it turned out that it is able to ripen early and give its fruits, which have a rounded shape, smooth surface, uniform color and excellent taste. Gives a lot of harvest.

For growing our vegetables in a greenhouse, pink, yellow and red tomatoes such as Cardinal, Slavyanka, Kostroma and others are best suited. Rose-colored tomatoes have fruits of impressive size, which ripen earlier than all other fruits of other varieties, which are very interesting for summer residents and gardeners.

The famous red cherry tomatoes are also grown in greenhouses, but their size is very tiny, but the taste of tomatoes is unforgettable. Vegetable hybrids are usually grown in greenhouses, but not all. For example, Druzhok F1 ripens in it very quickly - he needs 2.5 months for this.

Samara F1 is also grown according to this principle, but its fruits can be seen only after three months.

Variety Energo-determinant, grows quickly in a foil greenhouse, and its fruits ripen on almost every branch of the bush. The red arrow is also a hybrid, which has small fruits, but juicy and tasty. There are still a lot of tomato hybrids that summer residents usually grow in a greenhouse: Blagovest, Margarita, Gunin, Winter cherry and others.

There are varieties of tomatoes that are grown in greenhouses and are considered undersized, such as Alaska, Boni, Peach and others. The mass of the fruits of these vegetables does not exceed 100 grams, and they are very fond of being added to various salads.

Also, medium-sized, small-fruited and tall varieties of tomatoes are grown in the greenhouse. Each of the plants is different from each other and needs individual care.


Anastasia, Vladimir region

The most delicious pickled tomato. I grow it especially for blanks. Mom always planted this particular variety. No problems with leaving, ripens quickly, often the entire crop is right on the bush. I plant seedlings directly in the beds, every year I grow about 20-25 bushes.

Nina, Almetyevsk

Nice tomato. I use it in salads, make assorted jars, along with cucumbers and squash. Never cracking, dense. The taste is wonderful. I bought another "deluxe", I will try it next year.

Olga, Severodvinsk

In our climate, this tomato is just a godsend. It grows quickly, ripens in July, does not get sick. I have two greenhouses at my dacha, in which I grow tall hybrids. The harvest from them goes to salads, for food in the summer, for grandchildren. And I plant the "newbie" and "semko" specially for canning. I am always happy with the harvest, do not let down.

Elena, Amur region

I used to grow a "newbie", I liked it. Especially for the fact that it is not necessary to form. A couple of times I bought low-quality seeds, and now I have completely abandoned this variety. I found myself a "sunny bunny" for pickling with small fruits weighing about 50 grams. In cans, it turns out just yummy.

In general, of course, the introduction of modern pin up techniques provides a wide range of (specialists) participation in the formation of standard approaches.

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