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MORE TOMATO PLANTS TO LOOK FOR
POSTED
MARCH 9, 2009

When you look for tomato transplants at your local nursery or gardening center, there are some others to look for in addition to the Amelia tomato plants we have been discussing.

BP from Tallahassee was kind enough to write and let us know that Bonnie Plant Farm, the grower that supplies veggie starter plants to many – if not most – retail outlets in north Florida, grows five determinate tomato varieties that have resistance to Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV). He found this information at the Bonnie Plant Farm Web site (thanks BP!)

With any luck, you’ll find at least one of these varieties locally. I remember that both the BHN 444 and BHN 640 varieties were available in the Niceville area last year. They were not labeled as resistant to TSWV but they were available here. I have grown the BHN 640 variety but found the fruit to be small and unremarkable.

Judging by the following descriptions, it appears as though Amelia is the top choice of the five tomato varieties resistant to TSWV: High-yielding vines bear tomatoes prized for their flavor … These big tomatoes are the size expected from a home garden.

Amelia VF123NStSW

  • Fruit Size: 9 to 10 oz

  • Matures: 80 days

  • Plant type: determinate

A great garden tomato, this variety is especially popular in Texas where it made its debut at the 2004 and 2005 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Amelia is a hybrid with outstanding disease resistance and resistance to cracking. High-yielding vines bear tomatoes prized for their flavor. One of the few tomatoes resistant to spotted wilt virus, it is popular not only in Texas, but throughout the Southeast. These big tomatoes are the size expected from a home garden. Resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt races 1, 2, and (F123), nematodes (N), gray leaf spot (St), tobacco mosaic virus (T), and spotted wilt virus (Sw).

 

BHN 444 (Southern Star)

  • Fruit size: 6 oz

  • Matures: 70 to 90 days

  • Plant Type: Determinate

Great for hot climates, this hybrid was the very first bred to resist spotted wilt virus. The firm, flavorful fruit set even in scorching heat. Determinate vines yield a large initial crop followed by more tomatoes until the season’s end. Good for shipping. Resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt races 1 and 2 (F), gray leaf spot (St), and tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV).

 

BHN 640 VFFSt SW

  • Fruit size: 4 oz

  • Matures: 70-90 days

  • Plant type: Determinate

Great for hot climates, this hybrid was the very first bred to resist spotted wilt virus. The firm, flavorful fruit set even in scorching heat. Determinate vines yield a large initial crop followed by more tomatoes until the season’s end. Good for shipping. Developed in Florida, this variety is great for hot, humid climates. Space 24 to 36 inches apart.

Resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt races 1,2, and 3 (F), gray leaf spot (St), and spotted wilt virus (SW).

 

Health Kick VFFTAStSW

  • Fruit size: 4 oz

  • Matures: 72 days

  • Plant type: Determinate

Worldwide vegetable breeder Siminis is developing vegetables that include increased levels of phytonutrients such as lycopene. Health Kick is one of the very first. The plant bears a big load of good-flavored, plum-shaped tomatoes on strong determinate vines. Space 24 to 36 inches apart.

Resistant to verticillium wilt (V), Fusarium wilt races 1 and 2 (F), tobacco mosaic virus (T), alternaria stem canker (A), gray leaf spot (St), and tomato spotted wilt virus (SW).

 

Talladega VFFTSWSt

  • Fruit Size: 8 to 10 oz

  • Matures: 70 to 90 days

  • Plant type: Determinate

Developed in the Southeastern states where tomato diseases are a serious problem. This variety also does well in hot climates where fruit set is a problem. Resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt (F), nematodes (N), tobacco mosaic virus (T), spotted wilt virus (SW), and gray leaf spot.

 

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