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Chapter 17. Tomato Production1

Josh H. Freeman, Eugene J. McAvoy, Nathan S. Boyd, Peter J. Dittmar, Monica Ozores-Hampton, Hugh A. Smith, Gary E. Vallad, and Susan E. Webb2

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This publication is included in the Vegetable Production Handbook for Florida, 2015-2016 edition.


Cover photo: Tomato, Emmanuel A. Torres

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This is Chapter 17 of the Vegetable Production Handbook for Florida, 2016-2017 edition. The most current version of this chapter may be found at


This 24-page chapter includes:

  • Botany and Planting

  • Cultivars


Table 17.1. Planting information for tomato.

Table 17.2. Selected herbicides approved for managing weeds in tomato.

Table 17.3. Selected insecticides approved for managing insect pests of tomato.

Table 17.4. Tomato fungicides ordered by disease and then FRAC group according to their mode of action.



This document is HS739, one of a series of the Horticultural Sciences Department, UF/IFAS Extension. First printed: June 1995. Revised June 2015 and June 2016. This is Chapter 17 of the Vegetable Production Handbook of Florida, 2016–2017. Visit the EDIS website at


Joshua H. Freeman, assistant professor, North Florida Research and Education Center; Eugene McAvoy, Extension Agent IV, Hendry County; Nathan S. Boyd, associate professor, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center; Peter J. Dittmar, assistant professor, Horticultural Sciences Department; Monica Ozores-Hampton, associate professor, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center; Hugh A. Smith, assistant professor, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center; Gary E. Vallad, associate professor, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center; Susan E. Webb, associate professor, Entomology and Nematology Department; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

The use of trade names in this publication is solely for the purpose of providing specific information. UF/IFAS does not guarantee or warranty the products named, and references to them in this publication do not signify our approval to the exclusion of other products of suitable composition.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.