First there is the name, which gives me a chuckle every time I say it as it sounds like the site of an epic Trolls versus Elves battle in The Lord of the Rings.
“And there was great despair in the land, for the blood of many fearless warriors was spilled in the great battle at Hahms Gelbe…”
It feels like “vanquished” should be used in there somewhere. Or perhaps Hahms Gelbe is a badlands where people are sent to exile. “He was doomed to live out his final days as a lost soul wandering wearily through the blackened and barren desert of Hahms Gelbe.”
Needless to say, I’d better not quit my day job as a garden writer. Doesn’t look like I’ll be making my millions ghost writing fantasy fiction for World of Warcraft fans.
Hahms Gelbe Topftomate – Heirloom. Early determinate/tall dwarf with rugose leaves (means wrinkled and puckered). 60-65 days. Golden, round cherry.
Despite my little medieval diversion, the name ‘Hahms Gelbe Topftomate’ actually translates from German to something along the lines of “Hahms yellow pot tomato”, and you can immediately see why. This mid-sized dwarf cherry really goes for the gold in a container. I’m growing two plants this year: both on my front stoop where they get a lot of light and heat that radiates up from the concrete. They’ve been yielding ripe fruit for some weeks now, so what you see here represents only some of the bounty that they’ve produced so far this season. As for the taste; they’re delicious, very sweet with a bit of acid, and surprisingly juicy if you allow them to fully ripen on the plant. The skins are thick, making this a variety that keeps well. Just today I ate a few with lunch that had been sitting around for at least a week or possibly even two. At this time of year I start to lose track. They are definitely one of the better dwarf tomatoes that I’ve grown and tasted and while I have grown this variety before, there is something about their performance this year that has inspired me to keep them on my roster of varieties worth having around.
I’m growing these 8″ (ish) plants in sap buckets with several holes in the bottom, that are just over 1 ft deep. They’ll do fine in an even smaller pot. I have grown dwarf plants of this size in pots that are as small as 8″ deep.