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The Orange Hat Tomato

The Orange Hat tomato is a micro dwarf tomato with a relatively mild taste, tender skin, and a high aroma. The Orange Hat tomato is perfectly sized for your snacking pleasure or to be added to salads. The plant only grows to about 6 to 8 inches, no larger than 12 inches, in height. They grow well in gallon-sized containers, so they are nice and compact with dense foliage.

Orange cherry tomatoes, similar to Orange Hat tomatoes.

History of the Orange Hat Tomato

The Orange Hat tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum) is thought to have originated in Russia.

Characteristics Of The Orange Hat Tomato

The Orange Hat tomato is a determinate micro dwarf tomato variety. The fruit is orange in color and has very tender skin. The foliage of the plant is very dense and only grows up to 9 inches tall. The Orange Hat Tomato is an F1 Hybrid type of tomato. This type of tomato plant makes an amazing house plant — if you have a nice sunny window sill they will flourish. They do well in a 3/4 gallon container, making these a very compact and \ fruitful houseplant. These tomatoes are also perfect for patio or balcony gardening.

Ripeing Season

The ripening season of the Orange Hat Tomato is early, which is defined as less than 65 days from planting to harvest. In full sun, these tomatoes seeds should sprout in 7-14 days when watered correctly and with temperatures ranging from 75 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Orange Hat Tomato Qualities

These tomatoes are considered to be cherry-tomatoe sized. They’re small and full of flavor. These orange beauties have a sweeter taste and are mostly used in salads and for snacking.

Orange cherry tomatoes in a Kale Salad

Size Of The Orange Hat Tomato

This tomato is a kind of cherry tomato and full of flavor. Their small size is also why they are used mostly for snacking and salads.

Orange Hat Tomato Planting Zones

The Orange Hat tomato grows best in Zone 11. But you can grow these delicious tiny tomatoes anywhere. These tomatoes do great as indoor house plants as long as you have a nice sunny spot for them and have an indoor temperature of at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Size And Spacing

The Orange Hat tomato has dense foliage and grows up to 8-9 inches but is not larger than one foot. When planting more than one plant leave at least 8 inches apart, and plant 1/8 of an inch in depth.

Pollination

The Orange Hat Tomato are open pollinating, which are produced by seeds that have resulted from the natural pollination of the parent plant.

Closeup of tomato blossoms.

Plant Care

These tomato plants are very easy to care for. As long as they have adequate sun and water, these tiny tomatoes should flourish.

The following sections will provide highlights about tomato care. For a complete guide on optimal tomato plant care, from planting to harvesting and storage, please check out our article on How To Grow Tomatoes: The Complete Guide For the Best Tomatoes

Sunlight

The Orange Hat tomato will need full sunlight, so at least 6 hours of full sun a day. Planting on a sunny balcony, porch, garden patch, or window sill will do the job.

Soil

The best type of soil for this tomato plant is loam soil, which is a fertile well-drained soil with a pH of 5.8 to 7.0. All tomato plants benefit from compost or animal manure mixed into the soil as well.

Water

The water preference of this tomato plant is considered to be “mesic,” which is defined as a moderate supply of water and moisture. You will not want this soil to ever dry out.

Fertilizer

The best time to fertilizer is when you are planting this tomato. Adding in some natural compost or animal manure helps these plants grow and set fruit.

Tomatoes require specific nutrients (such as calcium) to produce their best crops of fruit. To learn how to determine what your tomatoes need and when they need it, consult our ultimate tomato fertilizer guide.

Immature cherry tomatoes.

Pruning

Orange Hat tomatoes, like most determinate tomato plants, need very little pruning or pinching. The only suggestion would be to remove any leaves touching the soil.

Disease

As with all tomato plants, lack of proper care makes your tomato plants prone to bacterial and fungal diseases. There may need to be some intervention to save either the infected plant or to prevent spread of disease to your other tomatoes, but this depends on what disease the plant has developed.

To learn how to detect, treat, and take steps to prevent diseases, read our tomato diseases guide.

Pests

When planting outdoors, Orange Hat tomato plant leaves tend to be very tasty to birds and other insect pests. This particular tomato plant is undesirable to rabbits — they tend to leave these tomatoes alone altogether. For information to help you spot, eliminate, and deter 15 different pests, visit our guide on common tomato pests.

Ripe orange cherry tomatoes

Harvesting Orange Hat Tomatoes

As a determinate tomato plant, these tomatoes mature in about 65 days from being planted. Once pollinated, the small yellow flowers will turn into dwarf tomatoes. They will start off as green tomatoes and then mature to a beautiful orange color. Tomatoes that are orange and have a slight “give” when you gently press them are ripe and ready to enjoy.

Taste And Cooking

Orange Hat tomatoes are known to have thin skin and a tasty, sweet inside. They are the perfect addition to any type of fresh salad and are perfect for snaking as well. They are mostly enjoyed raw but you could also cook these little orange beauties in different pasta dishes.

One idea for these delicious tomatoes is to make a fresh summer salad. Check out the recipe here, perfect for a hot summer’s day.

Health Benefits Of The Orange Hat Tomato

All types of cherry tomatoes are packed with vitamin C, along with other vitamins and minerals. They are a low-calorie snack and add a punch of flavor to a variety of dishes.

Where You Can Buy Orange Hat Tomato Seeds

Upon a quick Google search, you will find a multitude of websites where you can purchase these seeds to grow in your own garden and I suggest you look into it! These seeds will turn into amazing small plants you can keep inside your home or in small pots outside to enjoy their delicious fruits any way you like.

If you are not looking to plant and harvest your own Orange Hat tomatoes you may be able to find them at your local farmer’s markets.

Wrapping Up The Orange Hat Tomato

Orange cherry tomatoes.

The Orange Hat tomato is a delicious micro dwarf tomato that can be enjoyed in a multitude of ways. They’re relatively easy to grow and care for, which makes them a good variety for beginner tomato growers. Their compact size makes them perfect for small space gardens, patios, balconies, or even indoor windowsill gardens. You don’t need a large garden space to enjoy the beauty and deliciousness of these tiny but tasty tomatoes.

Have a tip to share about Orange Hat tomatoes or a favorite recipe you’d like to share? Leave it in the comments section below!

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Janis

Sunday 29th of May 2022

I have sprouted 25 healthy baby Orange Hats from two little sliced tomatoes! I have about 25 of them and they are gorgeous and healthy, producing fruit! I LOVE this little plant!