Tomato Cultivars for Production in Florida

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1 G. McAvoy and M. Ozores-Hampton2 1. This document is IPM-203 (IN756), one of a series of the Entomology and Nematology Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Published: December 2007. Revised January 2011. Please visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu. 2. G. McAvoy, county extension director and regional vegetable extension agent, M. Ozores-Hampton, assistant professor, Southwest Florida REC Immokalee. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Millie Ferrer-ChancyInterim This list includes a number of varieties of tomatoes currently popular with Florida growers; it is by no means a comprehensive list of all varieties that may be adapted to the state. At present 4-5 cultivars probably constitute 80-90% of commercial production in Florida. Tomato variety evaluation during spring 2009 in Immokalee, Fl. Credits: Monica Ozores-Hampton. (See Table 1 for Key to Abbreviations.) Harvested round tomatoes in wash tank. Credits: Monica Ozores-Hampton Amelia Main-season. R to F-R (1, 2, 3), N, V1 and IR to Stemph and TSW. Determinate vigorous plant with an excellent leaf canopy. Ideal for green and vine ripe harvest. Crack-tolerant skin. Firm, aromatic fruit. Harris Moran. BHN 585 Mid-season. R to FCR, F-R (1, 2), N, V1. Determinate, medium to tall vine. Large to extra-large, deep globe-shaped fruit. Large, firm, uniform green fruits are well suited for mature green or vine-ripe production. BHN Seed. BHN 602 Early-Mid-season. R to F R (1, 2, 3), TSW and V1. Determinate medium plant with a concentrated set. Large, firm globe-shaped fruit with uniform green shoulders. Light to no pruning. BHN Seed. BHN 871 Mid-season. R to F R (1, 2, 3), and V1. T to FCR. Strong tall to medium bush. Firm gold to tangerine colored globe-shaped fruit with much improved taste and texture. BHN Seed.

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Tomato Cultivars for Production in Florida 2 Bella Rosa Early-main and fall season. R to ASC, F R (1, 2) and Vd1. IR to Stemph and TSW. Determinate medium plant with good cover. Concentrated sets. Large fruits are smooth, deep oblate and firm with good color and flavor. Mid-early maturity and good heat tolerance. Adapted for mature green and vine-ripe markets. Sakata. Charger Early-main, fall and Main-late season. R to ASC, F-R (1, 2, 3), TYLC and Vd1. Determinate vigorous plant with good vine cover. Large to very large, smooth, deep oblate fruit with excellent firmness, red color and good flavor. Early maturity. Adapted for mature green and vine-ripe markets. Well suited for fall production slot. Sakata. Crista Mid-season. R to F-R (1, 2, 3), N and IR to TSW and V1. Tall robust plants. Large, deep globe fruit. Does best with high fertility and pruned to three leaders. Good flavor, color and shelf-life. Harris Moran. Crown Jewel Late Mid-season. R to ASC, FCR, F-R (1, 2), Stemph and V1. T to gray wall. Determinate with medium-tall bush. Uniform fruit have a deep oblate shape and good firmness. Fruits have good quality with uniformly-colored shoulders and jointed pedicles. Well adapted for late fall and winter production slot. Seminis. Finishline Main and fall season. HR to F-R (1, 2, 3), Stemph, TSW and V1. Determinate tall plant with good cover. Extra-large and large fruit suited for mature green firm fruit. Good fruit quality for vine ripe or mature green production. Syngenta/Rogers. FL 47 Mid-season. R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), Stemph and V1. Determinate plant with medium size bush. Very large, deep oblate firm and smooth fruits. Uniform green fruits are adaptable to both mature-green and vine-ripe harvest. Seminis. FL 91 Mid-season. R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), Stemph and V1. Determinate strong vine. Large, deep, oblate firm fruit with uniform green shoulders. Heavy early yield with high pack out and heat-set capabilities. Seminis. Fletcher Mid-season. R to F-R (1, 2), N, TSW and V1. Mountain spring type plants. High yields of firm and very smooth fruits. Good shelf and color. Use only for vine-ripe production. Seedway. HM 8849CR Main season. R to FCR, F-R (1, 2), Stemph and V1. Early maturing variety with a strong plant and good leaf cover. Fruit extra-large, smooth slightly flattened globe. Harris Moran. Phoenix Early Mid-season. R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), Stemph and V1. Determinate, vigorous vine with good leaf cover for fruit protection. Large to extra-large, high quality, firm, globe-shaped fruit. Fruits have uniformly-colored shoulders and jointed pedicles. Heat-set capabilities. Seminis. Quincy Full-season. R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), Stemph, TSW and V1. Determinate tall plant. Extra-large and large fruit with a deep oblate shape. Fruits are firm and uniformly colored with excellent quality. Seminis. Red Defender Main-season. R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), Stemph, TSW and V1. Vigorous vine with smooth, large deep red fruit with excellent firmness and shelf life. Harris Moran. Redline Main-season and spring. HR to F-R (1, 2, 3), TSW and V1. Determinate vigorous tall plant with good cover. Fruit with smooth shoulders and very small blossom-end scar. Good fruit quality for vine-ripe or mature green production. Syngenta/Rogers. RFT 6153 77 days. R to F-R (1, 2), Stemph and V1. Large, vigorous bush. Good eating quality and fancy appearance. Sturdy shipping tomato. Firm enough for vine-ripe production. But it also gasses. Seedway. Rocky Top Mid-season. R to F-R (1, 2, 3), Stemph and V1. Determinate tall plant. Mostly extra-large and large firm fruits with great eating quality. Well adapted for vine ripe. Syngenta/Rogers. Sanibel Main-season. R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), N, Stemph and V1. Determinate plant. Large, firm, smooth fruit with light green shoulder, tight blossomend scar and jointless pedicels. Well adapted for SE Florida. High yield potential. Seminis.

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Tomato Cultivars for Production in Florida 3 Sebring Main-season. R to FCR, F-R (1, 2, 3), Stemph and V1. Low incidence of gray wall. Determinate medium to tall bush. Extra-large to large, smooth and deep oblate fruit with uniform green shoulders and tight blossom ends. Syngenta/Rogers. Security 28 Early-main, fall, Main-late and spring season. R to ACS, FCR, F-R (1, 2), Stemph, TYLC and V1. Medium vine with good leaf cover. Extra-large round, firm dark-red fruit. Vine ripe or organic production only. Harris Moran. Soraya 80 days. Resistance to FCR, F-R (1, 2, 3), Stemph, and V1. Strong, large bush. High quality, very smooth, large and extra-large fruit. Continuous set. Syngenta/Rogers. Tribeca Main-season. R to F-R (1, 2) and TSW. Determinate vigorous plant. Fruits are large to extra-large, firm and dark red. Heat tolerance capacity. Vilmorin. Tribute Main and fall season. R to ASC, F-R (1, 2) and Vd1. IR to Stemph, TSW and TYLC. Vigorous plant with good cover. Large to medium-large, smooth, globe-shaped fruit with excellent firmness and color. Mid early maturity and good heat tolerance. Advantage of IR to TSW and TYLC. Sakata. Tygress Main-season. R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), Stemph, ToM, TYLC and V1. Determinate vigorous plant. Deep oblate, smooth, uniform high-quality fruit. Seminis. (See Table 1 for Key to Abbreviations.) Harvested Roma/plum tomatoes in wash tank. Credits: Monica Ozores-Hampton BHN 685 Mid-season. R to F-R (1, 2, 3), TSW and V1. Determinate, vigorous bush. Large to extra-large, deep blocky globe-shaped fruit. Pruning not recommended. Strong plant in poor soil. BHN Seed. Marianna Mid-season. R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), N, and V1. IR to Stemph. Determinate, small to medium sized compact plant with exceptional fruit set. Classic saladette shape, predominantly extra-large and highly uniform. Fruit wall is thick. The external and internal fruit color is very good with excellent firmness. Fruit are predominately extra large and extremely uniform in shape. Fruit wall is thick, and external and internal fruit color is very good with excellent firmness and shelf life. Sakata. Monica Mid-season. R to ASC, BSK, F-R (1, 2), Stemph and Vd1. Vigorous bush with good cover. High percentage of firm extra-large, elongated fruit. Fruit has jointed pedicel and uniform green color. High yield and excellent red color and flavor. Sakata. Picus Main-season. R to ASC, CLS, F-R (1, 2), TSW and V1. Determinate vigorous medium-large plant that provides good fruit cover. Fruits are large, uniform and blocky. Matures to a deep-red color with great firmness at the red stage. Heat-set capabilities. Medium to large, vigorous plant that provides good fruit cover and sets well in hot temperatures. Seminis. Regidor Main-Season. R to F-R (1, 2), TYLC and V1. Determinate medium-tall plant with short internodes. Roma type for open field production. 6-8 sets with great fruit quality. Western Seed. Sunoma Main-season. R to BSK, F-R (1, 2), N, Stemph, ToM and V1. Determinate plant with good fruit cover. Medium-large, elongated cylindrical fruit. Widely adapted and maintains fruit size through multiple harvests. Seminis. Tachi Mid-season. R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), N and Vd1. IR to TSW.

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Tomato Cultivars for Production in Florida 4 (See Table 1 for Key to Abbreviations.) Harvested grape tomatoes in a South Florida field. Credits: Monica Ozores-Hampton BHN 785 Mid season. R to F-R1. Determinate grape hybrid plant. Vigorous bush with good cover. Strong set of fruits with uniform size and shape. BHN Seed. Brixmore Very early. R to N, ToM and V1. Determinate plant. Fruits are flavorful and grape shaped. Early and high total yield. High brix, excellent firmness and flavor. Harris Moran. Cupid 59 days. R to ASC, F-R (1, 2) and Stemph. IR to BSK. Indeterminate vigorous bush. Oval-shaped fruit with an excellent red color and a sweet flavor. Seminis. Jolly Elf Early season. R to C, F-R 2 and V1. Determinate plant. Extended market life with firm, flavorful grape-shaped fruits. Average 10% brix. Siegers Seed and Seedway. Santa 75 days. R to F-R (1, 2, 3), N, TM and V1. Determinate plant. Vigorous bush. Firm elongated grape-shaped fruit with outstanding flavor and up to 50 fruits per truss. Available only by contract. St Nick Mid-early season. Indeterminate bush. Oblong, grape-shaped fruit with brilliant red color and fantastic flavor. Up to 10% brix. Siegers Seed. Smarty 69 days. Indeterminate vigorous bush with short internodes. Plants are 25% shorter than Santa. Good sweet flavor and excellent red color. Seedway. Sweet Hearts Early and midseason. R to C, CLS, F-R1 and ToM. Indeterminate plants with continuous sets and full clusters to the top of the plant. High yield of uniform fruit with brilliant red color and excellent flavor. High brix and excellent shelf-life. Well suited for in and outdoor production. Sakata. Tami G Early season. Indeterminate vigorous bush. Picks for an extended period. Very sweet, firm, fruit. Yields well. Seedway. (See Table 1 for Key to Abbreviations.) BHN 268 Early-mid season. R to F-R1and V1. Determinate small to medium (tall) bush. High yields. Very good shelf life. BHN Seed. Camelia Mid-season. R to F-R1, TM and V1. Indeterminate bush. Fruit is deep globe, cocktail-cherry size with excellent firmness and long shelf life. Suitable for outdoor or greenhouse production. Hazera. Shiren Mid-season. R to F-R (1, 2), N and ToM. Compact plant with nice cluster and high yield potential. Hazera. (See Table 1 for Key to Abbreviations.) Amana orange 85-90 days. S to Bacterial leaf spot, FCR, and TYLC. Indeterminate plant. Large orange fruit relatively smooth for, an heirloom. Tomato Grower's Supply, Siegers Seed Company. Harvested cherry tomatoes in a South Florida field. Credits: Monica Ozores-Hampton

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Tomato Cultivars for Production in Florida 5 Harvested a variety of heirlooms tomatoes in a South Florida field. Credits: Monica Ozores-Hampton Brandywine 78 days. S to Bacterial leaf spot, FCR and TYLC. Indeterminate plant with large pink fruit. Also comes in yellow and red. The yellow often get gray wall. May be most well-known heirloom tomato. Johnny's Selected Seeds, Tomato Grower's Supply, Sieger's Seed Company, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. Big Zebra 85 days. S to Bacterial leaf spot, FCR and TYLC. Indeterminate plant. Red and green striped, with some yellow as it ripens. Larger than Green Zebra; more like an irregular 4X5 tomato. Tomato Grower's Supply. Cherokee Purple 80 days. S to Bacterial leaf spot and TYLC. Indeterminate plant. A purple/black with green shoulders. Not as large fruit as some other heirlooms, but often more productive plants. Excellent sweet flavor. Johnny's Selected Seeds, Tomato Grower's Supply, Sieger's Seed Company, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. Green Zebra 75 days. S to Bacterial leaf spot, FCR and TYLC. Indeterminate plant. Small firm fruit with light green and dark green stripes, ripens to yellow stripes. Tart flavor, but excellent color contrast for heirloom mixes. Johnny's Selected Seeds, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. (Juane) Flamme 70 days. S to Bacterial leaf spot, FCR and TYLC. Indeterminate plant. It is a very small orange tomato (probably about a 6X7 size) and is very soft and fragile when ripe. One of the best tasting tomatoes among all heirlooms. Tomato Grower's Supply. Prudens Purple 67 days. S to Bacterial leaf spot, FCR and TYLC. Indeterminate plant. Fruit is pink-red, similar to Brandywine. Early maturity. More heat-set capabilities than most heirlooms. Johnny's Selected Seeds, Tomato Grower's Supply. Striped German 78 days. S to Bacterial leaf spot, gray wall, FCR and TYLC. Indeterminate plant. Large yellow fruit with red streaks. Not as productive as Prudens (in south Florida), but have striking color. Johnny's Selected Seeds, Sieger's Seed Company. Note# Since these are open-pollinated varieties, many are also available from other companies or individuals. Some have developed their own strains of a certain variety. Most heirlooms, especially the larger-fruited varieties, are extremely susceptible to cracking. So most growers will find it best not to water or fertilize heavily when there is fruit on the plants.

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Tomato Cultivars for Production in Florida 6 ASC Alternaria stem canker Alternaria alternata f.sp. lycopersici BSK Bacterial speck Pseudomonas syringae pv tomato race 0 BLS Bacterial leaf spot Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria C Cracking CLS Cladosporium leaf mold Cladosporium fulvum FCR Fusarium crown and root rot Fusarium oxysporum f.sp.radicis-lycopersici) F-R 1, 2, 3 Fusarium wilt race 1, 2, 3 Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. lycopersici races 1,2,3 N Root knot nematode Meloidogyne arenaria, M. incognita & M. javanica Stemph Grey leaf Spot Stemphylium solani ToM Tomato mosaic TM Tobacco mosaic TSW Tomato spotted wilt TYLC Tomato yellow leaf curl V1 Verticillium wilt Verticillium albo-atrom Vd1 Verticillium wilt Verticillium dahliae race 1 IR Intermediate Resistant HR High resistant R Resistant S Susceptible T Tolerant