Tomato Bonsai: grow at least on the windowsill!

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

Description of a variety of tomato Bonsai

This variety already has a small but quite successful history. A crumb plant was created in 1998, 2 firms immediately acted as its applicants - LLC Agrofirma Gavrish and LLC Breeding Firm Gavrish. In 2001, culture was included in the State Register of Breeding Achievements of Russia. The name, most likely, the room variety received due to the sturdy stalk and leafy crown, which really resembles a miniature copy of a tree.

Amazing tomato Bonsai belongs to the selection of the well-known company "Gavrish"

Growing regions

After passing the variety test, Bonsai was allowed for cultivation in all regions of the country, even in the northernmost. This is not surprising, because the State Register recommends growing the variety on balconies, loggias and indoor conditions. 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 determinant, 20-30 cm high . The bush is compact, standard type, with a small root system. The internodes are short, the shoot formation is weak. The leaves are medium sized, moderately wrinkled, dark green. The first inflorescence of an intermediate type appears after 5 to 6 leaves, the next ones without separation by a leaf. A lot of fruits are tied. The peduncle with an articulation.

Tiny fruits have a rounded shape, a smooth surface and from afar resemble Christmas toys hanging on an unusual Christmas tree. The mass of the tomato is 24 - 27 g . Unripe tomato is light green, without a stain at the stalk. Matured becomes a deep red. The peel is not stiff, but durable. The pulp is quite juicy, tender, aromatic, seed nests - 2. The taste is sweetish. Taste good and excellent.

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


Before embarking on the cultivation of any kind of tomato, it is worth knowing their characteristics. At Bonsai they are very attractive:

  • The variety has a short vegetative period and refers to early ripening species. From the time of the appearance of full seedlings to the beginning of fruit ripening, about 94 - 97 days pass. But in warmer regions, you can wait for the harvest even less - only 85 days. The first ripe tomatoes can be tasted as early as June;
  • the yield for the crumb plant, according to the State Register, is excellent - up to 1.0 kg of marketable fruit is removed from one plant. Although the originator declares a much more modest figure - only 0.5 kg per bush;
  • at home, the fruiting period stretches before the onset of cold snap;
  • Bonsai is not a hybrid, so the seed can be harvested independently;
  • according to reviews of plant growers tomato growers, the culture is resistant to late blight;
  • the crop is not suitable for long transportation and storage. But you can use it in its natural form, for example, having prepared a salad, and in whole-fruit preservation.

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

A feature of tomato Bonsai is the ability to cultivate it not only on balconies, but also in the open ground, which gardeners from the southern regions have successfully used. And most importantly - the taste, according to reviews of tomato growers, is very good.

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

GradeWhich group


Ripening periodFetal massProductivitySustainability
Bonsai treeGradeEarly ripe

(94 - 97 days)

24 - 27 g1.0 kg per bushThere is no State Register

of information




(up to 100 days)

10 - 20 gup to 2.0 kg per bushThere is no State Register

of information



HybridMid-season25 - 40 g4.7 kg from 1 m2There is no State Register

of information

PearlGradeSuper early15 - 18 g0.8 kg from 1 m2There is no State Register

of information

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

Possibility of growing at home

conditions and in the open ground

During growing

no flaws identified

Early bearing
Simple agricultural technology
High palatability, universal


Decorative plants

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 cultivation is somewhat different from the usual. But you shouldn’t be scared in advance at all, with an attentive attitude, the culture will only please, and it’s quite easy to take care of the potted culture.

Bonsai is best grown in seedlings. 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 draining water are suitable, so the plant will not take up much space. The soil is universal, 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 on the bottom of the pot.

Miniature Bonsai planted in a flower pot does not take up much space

And now about the promised nuances:

  1. In order for Bonsai to develop well and bear fruit, provide the plant with the brightest place on the balcony, loggia or window sill. 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 maintain the soil in a moderately moist state. Excessive humidity will lead to the development of fungal diseases, and frequent periods of drought - to the fall of flowers and ovaries. Take special control over watering - at home, especially on a hot day, the soil in a small pot dries quickly.
  3. Meals are made 10 days after transplantation. And then, according to the scheme, once every 2 to 3 weeks, universal mineral fertilizers are used, for example, Kemira or Kemira-luxury . 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, there is no need to tie up the bush, and stepsoning is also not carried out. To speed up the ripening of tomatoes, you can remove the leaves under the first fruit brush. But do not do it right away, but take a couple of leaflets a week so that the plant does not experience shock.
  5. During the flowering period, you need to help the plant with pollination . To do this, during the flowering period, just shake the bush slightly, holding it by the stem. This is especially important if the tomato grows in a room where pollinating insects cannot fly.

Bonsai has excellent fruiting on a lighted balcony

In the open field, Bonsai tomato is looked after as the rest of the undersized varieties. You can plant decorative bushes not only on a regular bed, but also on a flower bed, or along paths. A good option is to plant dwarf bushes in the legs to tall to seal plantings . A joint landing with marigolds will protect against the invasion of insect pests.

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

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

Bonsai Micro F1

Gavrish's Bonsai tomato has a namesake - Micro F1 Bonsai. This is a hybrid, as is already clear from the markings. Seeds of this variety are produced by Biotechnika. The bush is very small, with a height of only 10 - 12 cm. The fruits are edible, weighing 15 - 20 g with a delicate and aromatic pulp. The variety is not included in the State Register.

Agricultural technology is similar to the above. A distinctive feature of the hybrid is its small size. Thanks to this, the care is very easy, since the need for the formation of a bush disappears. Therefore, even a beginner can grow crumbs.

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

Reviews about Tomato Bonsai

These are the bonsai tomatoes grown, a wonderful plant, I would have known before, I would have bought seeds for a long time. In a 2-liter pot, I grow 2 tomatoes, 25 cm high from the pot, all are already strewn with tomatoes.


Melisande, I grew Bonsai on the balcony in summer. Germinate lousy. Of the bag, 2 things came up (1 of them only after 2 weeks). But they look beautiful, everyone smiled, looking at him! And sweet small fruits. Just like jam! I was outraged by the germination, and so, funny, if there is nothing to do!


Growing a balcony miracle, and bonsai, and Pinocchio (but on the window), all not bad. I look at the promised height and description. But a lot depends, as they wrote, higher on the volume of the pot, lighting and other conditions.


This year, I planted a tomato Bonsai, Micron-NK and Red Robin, for the windowsill. All dwarf, adult bush from 10 to 30cm. For some reason, after the appearance of the third leaf, Bonsai refused to grow, healed, nursed, now he transplanted, stimulated, I will wait.


Tomato Bonsai is suitable for busy gardeners, or for those who do not have a plot at all. At home, you can attract small children to growing, because it is very easy to take care of the culture. And as a reward for the efforts of the children, it will be with pleasure that they will gobble up bright and sweet fruits. And if crop surpluses have formed, they can be preserved, a strong skin will protect the fruit from cracking.


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