A high yielding British bred tomato that is at least 50 years old. The fruit ripen to red with attractive yellow stripes.

Fruit type: classic


A British bred variety that is at least 50 years old. Despite its age, Tigerella was the biggest yielder in a 2019 Which? Gardening trial, producing more than 7 kg of fruit per plant. If yield alone isn’t enough to persuade you to choose Tigerella, a bonus are the eye-catching classic-sized fruit, that ripen to red fruit with attractive yellow/orange stripes.

Indeterminate (cordon) growth habit.

Approximate number of seed per pack: 30 

RHS Award of Garden Merit (awarded in 1993).

Additional information


•. Tigerella’s age is based on information gleaned from Ian Wall’s book, "Tomato Growing Today". There are two versions of the book: one published in 1972 by David and Charles; and another published in 1973 by The Garden Book Club. Presumably they are identical.

My source was the 1973 version, where Walls listed tomato varieties that could be purchased from British seed catalogues in 1971 – the time of writing the book. Included in the list was Tigerella, described as early and tall, with golden-striped red fruit. It was raised by the now defunct GCRI (Glasshouse Crops Research Institute, Littlehampton, West Sussex), and was probably developed by L. G. Darby, a breeder at the institute.

The results of the 2019 Which trial of salad tomatoes can be found in Which? Gardening magazine, March, 2020, pages 14 to 18.