Galapagos Wild Tomato seeds (Solanum cheesemanii)


65 days. Lycopersicon cheesemanii is the only edible tomato native to the Galapagos Islands.  Snack on these and you will reduce the six degrees of separation with Galapagos tortoises and Charles Darwin.


A species tomato from the Galapagos islands. Compact bushy plant that is loaded with small glowing orange oval fruit arranged in loose fan like racemes. Of all the tomatoes that have passed through my hands, these are unique…the skin is thin but does not blemish easily. Yellow cherry sized oval-round fruits with good taste.  Doesn’t quite produce the hypertrusses of the “Ildi” variety, but I wouldn’t be surprised if “Ildi” is a daughter. Regular leaf.  Used in breeding to impart increased salinity tolerance as well as disease and pest resistance.

  • Seed Count: 25-30
  • Collection Date:  August 2021
  • Hardiness Zone: garden annual
  • Height and Width: 1m x 1m (bushy determinate)
  • Germination test type: hand sort

How to germinate Galapagos Wild Tomato seeds:

Sow 5 mm deep. Keep moist; plastic cover improves success. Opt. germination temp: 18-25 C. Days to germ: 5-10. All tomatoes drop their blooms when temperatures reach 85 F or greater, so make sure your tomatoes don’t get over heated. Blossom end rot is a nutritional disorder where a lack of calcium causes the fruit to rot from the blossom end so be sure you use something like rock phosphate (22% calcium) when amending your tomato beds/growing medium. Use mulch to retain moisture or prevent water from splashing up on your plants as tomatoes hate having their foliage wet. NEVER WATER FROM ABOVE…its like someone splashing a cold bucket of water on you!




Additional information

Weight 2 g
Seed Count

pkt, 100 seeds, 200 seeds