Tomato Darby Striped

Medium Sized Red and Yellow striped tomato with a rich flavour.


Grown for the first time in 2018 with seeds from a seed swap, we were interested to see how this grew. We were very pleased.

A early/mid season red/yellow striped tomato with deep red flesh and a beautiful flavour which made us want to find out more.

It turns out that it is a non-commercially released tomato bred in the 1960’s by Dr Lewis Darby of the Glasshouse Crops Research Institute in Littlehampton. Dr Darby is better known for breeding Tigerella but in our opinion, this has a richer flavour and compares well with Red Zebra (although its not quite as large). The stripes are not as distinct as either of these and I guess that’s why it wasn’t commercially released.

It is thin skinned and therefore prone to splitting if overwatered (which we did) but certainly a variety that we will maintain on our list of “good to grow”.

We grew it again in 2020 from our saved seed and it was later than 2018 taking 94 days from sowing to fruit (early August). The stripes also seemed even less distinct than in 2018 but that could be because it was grown in a different part of the greenhouse which was shadier.

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Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Standard
  • Fruit Shape: Round
  • Fruit Size: Medium
  • Fruit Colour: Red/Yellow Striped
  • Flesh Colour: Deep Red
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Seed Type: Open Pollinated
  • Ripe Days: Mid (60+ days)
  • Taste: Rich & Tasty
  • Our Source: 2017 SS
  • Origin: UK – Dr Lewis Darby
  • Alternatives: Tigerella, Red Zebra
  • Fruit per Truss: 6-8
  • Truss Spacing: 15-18 inches

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    Updated: 13/01/2024