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Tomato Varieties for Florida - Florida “Red Rounds,” Plum, Cherries, and Grapes1

Monica Ozores-Hampton, Gene McAvoy, Stephen Olson, Kent Cushman, and Nancy Roe2

Tomatoes were introduced to European culture more than a hundred years before Linnaeus developed the binomial system of naming plants. He published his scheme in Species plantarum in 1753 at a time when people struggled to find descriptive means to identify plants and other organisms. Before Linnaeus, plants were described by many methods, and the different naming systems caused much confusion.

The naming of tomato by Europeans began with attempts such as Poma amoris fructu rubro, or more colloquially, "pomme d'Amour." In 1694, Tournefort was first to name the tomato as a Lycopersicon, which means "wolf peach" in Greek. Linnaeus, however, placed the cultivated tomato in the genus Solanum and named it Solanum lycopersicum. Soon after, Miller created the genus Lycopersicon and proceeded to name the tomato Lycopersicon esculentum.

After his death, an editor of Miller's work placed tomato back in the genus Solanum. Later botanists, trained in classical techniques of classification, returned the tomato to the genus Lycopersicon after reviewing Miller's original work. It is not surprising that the confusion that began centuries ago about the naming of the tomato remains to the present day.

Current phylogenetic techniques have shown the tomato to be situated firmly within the genus Solanum. After years of horticulturists' preference for the name and authority Lycopersicon esculentum Miller, there are those now promoting—with strong molecular DNA evidence—the return to Linnaeus' original classification, Solanum lycopersicum L. For a thorough and easily readable presentation on this topic, see the feature article in the recent Report of the Tomato Genetics Cooperative by Peralta, Knapp, and Spooner (2006). Suggested changes also include several species closely related to cultivated tomato. Once again, the evidence about tomato appears to favor those with a preference for the genus Solanum.

Can it be said that Solanum lycopersicum is now the official name of tomato? Perhaps not. It often takes years for a suggested name change to be accepted by the communities most closely associated with the species in question. In time, if the evidence is considered adequate, the name change will be accepted and reported as S. lycopersicum L. (syn. L. esculentum Mill.). This process occurs with many plant species; for example, the medicinal plant black cohosh is currently reported as Actaea racemosa L. (syn. Cimicifuga racemosa [L.] Nutt).

A Word about Varieties

The term cultivar is a botanical term that is a contraction of the two-word term cultivated variety and is analogous to what growers call a variety. In botanical nomenclature, the term variety describes a subgroup that represents variations observed within a species. Cultivars are grouped within botanical varieties.

What are tomato varieties in botanical terms? Large, round tomatoes are var. lycopersicum. Thus, the full name of tomato is reported as S. lycopersicum L. var. lycopersicum. It is generally understood that "red rounds" are var. lycopersicum. Because of this assumption, the variety is not usually listed along with the scientific name. Cherry and grape tomatoes are var. cerasiforme (grapes are elongated cherries), and plum tomatoes are var. pyriforme.

Varieties for Florida: Florida "red rounds," cherries, grapes, and plums

The tables below serve as a guide to varieties used in Florida, separated by regional adaptation. South Florida includes Fort Myers, Palm Beach, and all areas to the south of those cities. Central Florida includes the area between Gainesville and Fort Myers. North Florida includes Gainesville and all areas to the north of Gainesville.

Disease Key

SUS – Susceptible
R – Resistant
IR – Intermediate Resistance
T – Tolerant
ASC – Alternaria stem canker - Alternaria alternata f.sp. lycopersici
BS - Bacterial spot - Xanthomonas spp. (X. vesicatoria, X. euvesicatoria, X. Perforans, and X. gardneri)
BSK – Bacterial speck - Pseudomonas syringae pv tomato
C – Cracking
CLS - Cladosporium leaf mold - Cladosporium fulvum
F-R 1, 2, 3 - Fusarium wilt race 1, 2, 3 - Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. lycopersici races 1, 2, 3
FCR – Fusarium crown rot - Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. radicis-lycopersici
N – Root knot nematode - Meloidogyne arenaria, M. Incognita, and M. javanica
S – Gray leaf spot - Sylium solani
TM – Tobacco mosaic
ToM - Tomato mosaic
TSW – Tomato spotted wilt
TYLC – Tomato yellow leaf curl
V (1) - Verticillium wilt - Verticillium albo-atrom and Verticillium dahliae race 1

References

Olson, S. M., W. M. Stall, G. E. Vallad, S. E. Webb, S. A. Smith, E. H. Simonne, E. McAvoy, and B. M. Santos. 2010. "Tomato Production in Florida." In 2010-2011 Vegetable Production Handbook for Florida, edited by S. M. Olson and B. M. Santos, 295-316. Lenexa, KS: Vance Pub.

Peralta, I. E., S. Knapp, and D. M. Spooner. 2006. "Nomenclature for Wild and Cultivated Tomatoes." Report of the Tomato Genetics Cooperative 56:6–12.

Tables

Table 1. 

Tomato varieties in South Florida

Variety

Company

Season

Characteristics of plant and fruit

Resistance1

Comments

Round tomato

'BHN 585'

BHN Seed

Midseason

Determinate medium vine. Large to extra large, deep, globe-shaped fruit

R to FCR, F-R (1, 2), N, and V (1).

Well suited for mature green or vine-ripe production.

'Charger'

Sakata

Early in the main season, fall, late in the main season

Determinate plant. Vigorous plant with good vine cover. Large to very large, smooth, deep oblate fruit with excellent firmness, red color, and good flavor. Early maturity.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2, 3), TYLC, and V (1).

Adapted for mature-green and vine-ripe markets. Well suited for fall production slot.

'Crown Jewel'

Seminis

Late midseason

Determinate plant. Medium to tall bush. Uniform fruit have a deep oblate shape and good firmness. Fruit have good quality with uniformly colored shoulders and jointed pedicles.

R to ASC, FCR, F-R (1, 2), S, and V (1). T to gray wall.

Well adapted for late fall and winter production slot.

'FL 47'

Seminis

Midseason

Determinate plant. Medium-sized bush. Very large, deep oblate, firm, smooth fruit.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), S, and V (1).

Uniform green fruit are adaptable to both mature-green and vine-ripe harvest.

'FL 91'

Seminis

Midseason

Determinate plant. Strong vine. Large, deep oblate, firm fruit with uniform green shoulders.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), S, and V (1).

Heavy early yield with high pack-out and heat-set capabilities.

'Phoenix'

Seminis

Early midseason

Determinate plant. Vigorous vine with good leaf cover for fruit protection. Large to extra large, firm, globe-shaped fruit. Fruit have uniformly colored shoulders and jointed pedicles.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), S, and V (1).

Heat-set capabilities. High-quality fruit.

'Rocky Top'

Syngenta/Rogers

Midseason

Tall, determinant plant. Mostly extra large and large. Firm fruit and great eating quality.

R to F-R (1, 2, 3), S, and V (1).

Well adapted for vine-ripe production as well as greenhouse/high tunnel-production conditions.

'Sebring'

Syngenta/

Rogers

Main season

Determinate plant. Medium to tall bush. Extra large to large, smooth, deep oblate fruit. Fruit have uniform green shoulders and tight blossom ends. Low incidence of gray wall.

R to FCR, F-R (1, 2, 3), S, and V (1).

Very popular variety in South Florida for FCR.

'Security 28'

Harris Moran

Early in the main season, fall, late in the main season, spring

Medium vine with good leaf cover. Extra large, round, firm, dark-red fruit.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), S, TYLC, and V (1).

Vine-ripe or organic production only.

'Soraya'

Syngenta/

Rogers

80 days

Determinate bush. Very smooth, extra large and large fruit.

R to FCR, F-R (1, 2, 3), S, and V (1).

High-quality fruit.

'Tygress'

Seminis

Main season

Determinate vigorous plant. Deep oblate, smooth, uniform fruit.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), S, ToM, TYLC, and V (1).

High-quality fruit.

'Sanibel'

Seminis

Main season

Determinate plant. Large, firm, smooth fruit with light-green shoulders and a tight blossom-end scar.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), N, S, and V (1).

Well adapted for SE Florida. High yield potential, jointless pedicels.

'HM 8849CR'

Harris Moran

Main season

Early maturing variety with a strong plant and good leaf cover. Extra large, smooth, slightly flattened, globe-shaped fruit.

R to F-R (1, 2), FCR, S, and V (1).

Produced high yield in spring 2010 trial.

Plum tomato

'BHN 685'

BHN Seed

Midseason

Determinate plant. Vigorous bush. Large to extra large, deep, blocky, globe-shaped fruit.

R to F-R (1, 2, 3), TSW, and V (1).

Strong plant in poor soils.

'Mariana'

Sakata

Midseason

Determinate compact plant. Classic saladette shape, predominately extra large and highly uniform. Fruit wall is thick. External and internal fruit color are very good with excellent firmness.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), N, and V (1). IR to S.

Exceptional fruit set; excellent uniformity and shelf life.

'Monica'

Sakata

Midseaon

Vigorous bush with good cover. Firm, extra large, elongated fruit. Fruit have uniform green color and jointed pedicles.

R to ASC, BSK, F-R (1, 2), S, and V (1).

High fruit yield. Excellent red color and flavor.

'Sunoma'

Seminis

Main season

Determinate plant. Good fruit cover. Medium-large, elongated, cylindrical fruit.

R to BSK, F-R (1, 2), N, S, ToM, and V (1).

Widely adapted and maintains fruit size through multiple harvests.

Grape tomato

'Jolly Elf'

Sg,2 Seedway

Early season

Determinate plant. Fruit are firm, flavorful, and grape shaped.

R to C, F-R (2), and V (1).

Extended market life and average 10% brix.

'BHN 785'

BHN Seed

Midseason

Determinate hybrid plant. Vigorous bush with good cover. Strong set of fruit with uniform size and shape.

R to F-R (1).

Very uniform size and shape.

'Santa'

Available only by contract

75 days

Determinate plant. Vigorous bush. Firm, elongated, grape-shaped fruit.

R to F-R (1, 2, 3), N, TM, and V (1).

Outstanding in flavor and up to 50 fruit per truss.

'Sweet Hearts'

Sakata

Early to midseason

Indeterminate plant. Well suited for both indoor and outdoor production. Continuous sets and full clusters to the top of the plant; high yield potential. Uniform fruit with brilliant red color and excellent flavor.

R to C, CLS, F-R (1), and ToM.

Excellent flavor, high brix, and excellent shelf life.

Cherry tomato

'BHN 268'

BHN Seed

Early to midseason

Determinate tall bush with high yields.

R to F-R (1) and V (1).

Very good shelf life.

'Camelia'

Hazera

Midseason

Indeterminate bush. Deep globe, cocktail-cherry-sized fruit with excellent firmness.

R to F-R (1), TM, and V (1).

Outdoor or greenhouse production and long shelf life.

'Shiren'

Hazera

Midseason

Compact plant with nice cluster.

R to F-R (1, 2), N, and ToM.

High yield potential.

Heirloom tomato3

'Pruden's Purple'

JS, TG2

67 days

Indeterminate plant. Pink-red fruit, similar to 'Brandywine'. Early maturity.

SUS to BS, FCR, and TYLC.

More heat-set capabilities than most heirlooms.

'Cherokee Purple'

JS, Sg, SE, TG2

80 days

Indeterminate plant. A purple/black with green shoulders. Fruit not as large as some other heirlooms, but plants are often more productive.

SUS to BS and

TYLC.

Excellent sweet flavor.

'Striped German'

JS, Sg2

78 days

Indeterminate plant. Large yellow fruit with red streaks.

SUS to BS, gray wall, FCR, and TYLC.

Not as productive as 'Pruden's Purple' (in South Florida), but striking color.

'Brandywine'

JS, TG, Sg, SE2

78 days

Indeterminate plant. A large, pink fruit. Also comes in yellow and red. The yellow often get gray wall.

SUS to BS, FCR, and TYLC.

May be the most well-known heirloom tomato.

'(Jaune) Flamme'

TG2

70 days

Indeterminate plant. A very small orange tomato (probably about 6 x 7 tomato size); very soft and fragile when ripe.

SUS to BS, FCR, and TYLC.

One of the best-tasting heirloom tomatoes.

'Green Zebra'

JS, SE2

75 days

Indeterminate plant. Small, firm fruit with light-green and dark-green stripes. Ripens to yellow stripes.

SUS to BS, FCR, and TYLC.

Tart flavor, but excellent color contrast for heirloom mixes.

'Amana Orange'

TG, Sg2

85-90 days

Indeterminate plant. Large, orange fruit; relatively smooth for an heirloom.

SUS to BS, FCR, and TYLC.

Excellent sweet, almost tropical fruit flavors.

'Big Zebra'

TG2

85 days

Indeterminate plant. Red-and-green striped with some yellow as it ripens. Larger than 'Green Zebra'; more like an irregular 4 x 5 tomato size.

SUS to BS, FCR, and TYLC.

One of the most unusual tomatoes you have ever seen.

Note: Other heirloom varieties with heat tolerance that may be adapted to Florida include 'Homestead', 'Super Sioux', 'Porter', 'Old Virginia', 'Arkansas Traveler', 'Nebraska', 'Wedding', 'Nepal', 'Eva Purple Ball', 'Amana Orange', 'Boondocks', 'Brandywine Pink', 'Fireworks', 'Goose Creek', 'Sun Master', and the plum variety, 'Costoluto Genevese'. None of the heirloom varieties available have any resistance to TSW.

While this list includes a number of varieties currently popular with Florida growers, it is by no means a comprehensive list of all varieties that may be adapted to the state.

1 See "Disease Key" below for disease abbreviations.

2JS = Johnny's Selected Seeds, SE = Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Sg = Siegers Seed Company, TG = Tomato Growers Supply. 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.

3Most heirlooms, especially the larger-fruited varieties, are extremely susceptible to cracking. Most growers will find it best not to water or fertilize heavily when there is fruit on the plants

Table 2. 

Tomato varieties in Central Florida

Variety

Company

Season

Characteristics of plant and fruit

Resistance1

Comments

Round tomato

'BHN 585'

BHN Seed

Midseason

Determinate medium vine. Large to extra large, deep, globe-shaped fruit.

R to FCR, F-R (1, 2), N, and V (1).

Well suited for mature-green or vine-ripe production.

'BHN 602'

BHN Seed

Early to midseason

Determinate medium plant with a concentrated set. Large, firm, globe-shaped fruit with uniform green shoulders.

R to F-R (1, 2, 3), TSW, and V (1).

Light to no pruning.

'Charger'

Sakata

Early in the main season, fall, late in the main season

Determinate plant. Vigorous plant with good vine cover. Large to very large, smooth, deep oblate fruit with excellent firmness, red color, and good flavor. Early maturity.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2, 3), TYLC, and V (1).

Adapted for mature-green and vine-ripe markets. Well suited for fall production slot.

'Crown Jewel'

Seminis

Late midseason

Determinate plant. Medium to tall bush. Uniform fruit have a deep oblate shape and good firmness. Fruit have good quality with uniformly colored shoulders and jointed pedicles.

R to ASC, FCR, F-R (1, 2), S, and V (1). T to gray wall.

Well adapted for late fall and winter production slot.

'FL 47'

Seminis

Midseason

Determinate plant. Medium-sized bush. Very large, deep oblate, firm, smooth fruit.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), S, and V (1).

Uniform green fruit are adaptable to both mature-green and vine-ripe harvest.

'FL 91'

Seminis

Midseason

Determinate plant. Strong vine. Large, deep oblate, firm fruit with uniform green shoulders.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), S, and V (1).

Heavy early yield with high pack-out and heat-set capabilities.

'Phoenix'

Seminis

Early midseason

Determinate plant. Vigorous vine with good leaf cover for fruit protection. Large to extra large, firm, globe-shaped fruit with uniformly colored shoulders and jointed pedicles.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), S, and V (1).

Heat-set capabilities. High-quality fruit.

'Rocky Top'

Syngenta/

Rogers

Midseason

Tall, determinate plant. Mostly extra large and large. Firm fruit and great eating quality.

R to F-R (1, 2, 3), S, and V (1).

Well adapted for vine-ripe production as well as greenhouse/high tunnel-production conditions.

'Sebring'

Syngenta/

Rogers

Main

Season

Determinate plant. Medium to tall bush. Extra large to large, smooth, deep oblate fruit with uniform green shoulders and tight blossom ends. Low incidence of gray wall.

R to FCR, F-R (1, 2, 3), S, and V (1).

Very popular variety in South Florida for FCR.

'Security 28'

Harris Moran

Early in the main season, fall, late in the main season, spring

Medium vine with good leaf cover. Extra large, round, firm, dark-red fruit.

R to ASC, FCR, F-R (1, 2), S, TYLC, and V (1).

Vine ripe or organic production only.

'Soraya'

Syngenta/

Rogers

80 days

Strong, large bush. Very smooth large and extra large fruit.

R to FCR, F-R (1, 2, 3), S, and V (1).

High-quality fruit.

'Tygress'

Seminis

Main season

Determinate vigorous plant. Deep oblate, smooth, uniform fruit.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), S, ToM, TYLC, and V (1).

High-quality fruit.

Plum tomato

'BHN 685'

BHN Seed

Midseason

Determinate plant. Vigorous bush. Large to extra large, deep, blocky, globe-shaped fruit.

R to F-R (1, 2, 3), TSW, and V (1).

Strong plant in poor soils.

'Mariana'

Sakata

Midseason

Determinate compact plant. Classic saladette shape, predominately extra large and highly uniform. Fruit wall is thick. The external and internal fruit color is very good with excellent firmness.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), N, and V (1). IR to S.

Exceptional fruit set; excellent uniformity and shelf life.

'Monica'

Sakata

Midseason

Vigorous bush with good cover. Firm, extra large, elongated fruit. Fruit have uniform green color and jointed pedicles.

R to ASC, BSK, F-R (1, 2), S, and V (1).

High fruit yield. Excellent red color and flavor.

'Sunoma'

Seminis

Main season

Determinate plant. Good fruit cover. Medium-large, elongated, cylindrical fruit.

R to BSK, F-R (1, 2), N, S, ToM, and V (1).

Widely adapted and maintains fruit size through multiple harvests.

Grape tomato

'Jolly Elf'

Sg2, Seedway

Early season

Determinate plant. Fruit are firm, flavorful, and grape shaped.

R to C, F-R (2), and V (1).

Extended market life and average 10% brix.

'BHN 785'

BHN Seed

Midseason

Determinate hybrid plant. Vigorous bush with good cover. Strong set of fruit with uniform size and shape.

R to F-R (1)

Very uniform size and shape.

'Santa'

Available only by contract

75 days

Determinate plant. Vigorous bush. Firm, elongated, grape-shaped fruit.

R to F-R (1, 2, 3), N, TM, and V (1).

Outstanding in flavor and up to 50 fruit per truss.

'Sweet Hearts'

Sakata

Early and midseason

Indeterminate plant. Well suited for both indoor and outdoor production. Continuous sets and full clusters to the top of the plant; high yield potential. Uniform fruit with brilliant red color and excellent flavor.

R to C, CLS, F-R (1), and ToM.

Excellent flavor, high brix, and excellent shelf life.

Cherry tomato

'BHN 268'

BHN Seed

Early to midseason

Determinate tall bush with high yields.

R to F-R (1) and V (1).

Very good shelf life.

'Camelia'

Hazera

Midseason

Indeterminate bush. Deep globe, cocktail-cherry-sized fruit with excellent firmness.

R to F-R (1), TM, and V (1).

Outdoor or greenhouse production and long shelf life.

'Shiren'

Hazera

Midseason

Compact plant with nice cluster.

R to F-R (1, 2), N, and ToM.

High yield potential.

Note: While this list includes a number of varieties currently popular with Florida growers, it is by no means a comprehensive list of all varieties that may be adapted to the state.

1 See "Disease Key" below for disease abbreviations.

2 Sg = Siegers Seed Company. 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.

Table 3. 

Tomato varieties in North Florida

Variety

Company

Season

Characteristics of plant and fruit

Resistance1

Comments

Round tomato

'Amelia'

Harris Moran

Main season

Determinate plant. Vigorous with an excellent leaf canopy. Firm, aromatic fruit.

R to F-R (1, 2, 3), N, V (1). IR to S and TSW.

Ideal for green and vine-ripe harvest. Crack-tolerant skin.

'Bella Rosa'

Sakata

Early main season, fall

Determinate medium-sized plant with good cover. Concentrated set. Large, smooth, deep oblate, firm fruit with good color and flavor. Mid to early maturity and good heat tolerance.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), and V(1). IR to S and TSW.

Adapted for mature-green and vine-ripe markets.

'BHN 602'

BHN Seed

Early to midseason

Determinate medium plant with a concentrated set. Large, firm, globe-shaped fruit with uniform green shoulders.

R to F-R (1, 2, 3), TSW, and V (1).

Light to no pruning.

'BHN 871'

BHN Seed

Midseason

Strong, tall to medium bush. Firm gold- to tangerine-colored globe-shaped fruit.

R to F-R (1, 2, 3) and V (1). T to FCR.

Gold color with very good taste and texture.

'Fletcher'

Seedway

Midseason

High yields of firm and very smooth fruit.

R to F-R (1, 2), N, V (1), and TSW.

Good shelf life and color. Use only for vine-ripe production.

'Crista'

Harris Moran

Midseason

Tall, robust plant. Large fruit with a deep globe shape.

R to F-R (1, 2, 3) and N. IR to TSW and V (1).

Good flavor, color, and shelf life. Does best with high fertility and pruned to three leaders.

'FL 47'

Seminis

Midseason

Determinate plant. Medium-sized bush. Very large, deep oblate, firm, smooth fruit.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), S, and V (1).

Uniform green fruit are adaptable to both mature-green and vine-ripe harvest.

'Quincy'

Seminis

Full season

Determinate tall plant. Large and extra large fruit with a deep oblate shape. Fruit are firm and uniformly colored.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), S, TSW, and V (1).

Excellent fruit quality.

'Red Defender'

Harris Moran

Main season

Vigorous vine with smooth, large, deep-red fruit.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), S, TSW, and V (1).

Excellent fruit firmness and shelf life.

'RFT 6153'

Seedway

77 days

Determinate plant. Large, vigorous bush. Red globe fruit 8–10 oz.

R to F-R (1, 2), S, and V (1).

Good eating quality and fancy appearance; sturdy shipping tomato. Firm enough for vine-ripe and green-mature harvest.

'Sebring'

Syngenta/

Rogers

Main season

Determinate plant. Medium to tall. Extra large to large, smooth, deep oblate fruit with uniform green shoulders and tight blossom ends.

R to FCR, F-R (1, 2, 3), S, and V (1).

Very popular variety in South Florida for FCR.

'Tygress'

Seminis

Main season

Determinate vigorous plant. Deep oblate, smooth, uniform fruit.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), S, ToM, TYLC, and V (1).

High-quality fruit.

'Tribeca'

Vilmorin

Main season

Determinate vigorous plant. Fruit are large to extra large, firm, and dark red.

R to F-R (1, 2) and TSW.

Heat tolerant.

'Tribute'

Sakata

Main season, fall

Vigorous plant with good cover. Large and medium large, smooth, globe-shaped fruit with excellent firmness and color. Mid-early maturity and good heat tolerance.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), and V (1). IR to S, TSW, and TYLC.

Advantage of IR to TSW and TYLC.

'Redline'

Syngenta/

Rogers

Main season, spring

Tall determinate plant with good cover.

R to F-R (1, 2, 3), TSW, S, and V (1).

Good fruit quality for vine-ripe or mature-green production.

'Finishline'

Syngenta/

Rogers

Main season, fall

Tall determinate plant with good cover.

R to F-R (1, 2, 3), TSW, S, and V (1).

Good fruit quality for vine-ripe or mature-green production.

Plum tomato

'BHN 685'

BHN Seed

Midseason

Determinate plant. Vigorous bush. Large to extra large, deep, blocky, globe-shaped fruit.

R to F-R (1, 2, 3), TSW, and V (1).

Strong plant in poor soils.

'Picus'

Seminis

Main season

Determinate plant. Medium to large vigorous plant that provides good fruit cover. Fruit are large, uniform, and blocky, maturing to a deep-red color with great firmness at the red stage.

R to ASC, CLS, F-R (1, 2), TSW, and V (1).

Heat-set capability.

'Regidor'

Western Seed

Main season

Determinate plant. Medium-tall plant with short internodes. Six to eight sets with great fruit quality.

R to F-R (1, 2), TYLC, and V (1).

Roma type for open field production.

'Sunoma'

Seminis

Main season

Determinate plant. Good fruit cover. Medium-large, elongated and cylindrical fruit.

R to BSK, F-R (1, 2), N, S, ToM, and V (1).

Widely adapted and maintains fruit size through multiple harvests.

'Tachi'

Sakata

Midseason

Determinate mid-compact plant. Classic saladette shape, predominately extra large, uniform, and very similar to 'Mariana'. Wide adaptability. Suited for concentrated harvests for vine-ripe and mature-green markets.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), N, and V (1). IR to TSW.

Advantage over 'Mariana' is TSW resistance.

Grape tomato

'Brixmore'

Harris Moran

Very early season

Determinate plant. Flavorful, grape-shaped fruit.

R to N, ToM, and V (1).

High brix. Excellent firmness and flavor. Early and high total yield.

'Jolly Elf'

Sg2, Seedway

Early season

Determinate hybrid plant. Vigorous bush with good cover. Strong set of fruit with uniform size and shape.

R to C, F-R (2), and V (1).

Extended market life and average 10% brix.

'Santa'

Available only by contract

75 days

Determinate plant. Vigorous bush. Firm, elongated, grape-shaped fruit.

R to F-R (1, 2, 3), N, TM, and V (1).

Outstanding in flavor and up to 50 fruit per truss.

'Sweet Hearts'

Sakata

Early to midseason

Indeterminate plant. Well suited for both indoor and outdoor production. Continuous sets and full clusters to the top of the plant; high yield potential. Uniform fruit with brilliant red color and excellent flavor.

R to C, CLS, F-R (1), and ToM.

Excellent flavor, high brix, and excellent shelf life.

'St. Nick'

Sg2

Mid-early season

Indeterminate bush. Oblong, grape-shaped fruit with brilliant red color.

Unknown

Up to 10% brix and fantastic flavor.

'Smarty'

Seedway

69 days

Indeterminate plant. Vigorous bush with short internodes. Plants are 25% shorter than 'Santa'.

R to F-R (1) and V(1).

Good flavor, sweet, and excellent red color.

'Tami G'

Seedway

Early season

Indeterminate bush. Vigorous. Picks for an extended period. Very sweet, firm fruit.

Unknown

Yields well.

'Cupid'

Seminis

59 days

Indeterminate, vigorous bush. Oval-shaped fruit with an excellent red color.

R to ASC, F-R (1, 2), and S. IR to BSK.

Excellent sweet flavor.

Cherry tomato

BHN 268

BHN Seed

Early to midseason

Determinate tall bush with high yields.

R to F-R (1) and V (1).

Very good shelf life.

'Camelia'

Hazera

Midseason

Indeterminate bush. Deep globe, cocktail-cherry-sized fruit with excellent firmness.

R to F-R (1), TM, and V (1).

Outdoor or greenhouse production and long shelf life.

'Shiren'

Hazera

Midseason

Compact plant with nice cluster.

R to F-R (1, 2), N, and ToM.

High yield potential.

Note: While this list includes a number of varieties currently popular with Florida growers, it is by no means a comprehensive list of all varieties that may be adapted to the state.

1See "Disease Key" below for disease abbreviations.

2Sg = Siegers Seed Company. 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.

Footnotes

1.

This document is HS1189, one of a series of the Horticultural Sciences Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Original publication date March 2011. Visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.

2.

Monica Ozores-Hampton, assistant professor, and Kent Cushman, former assistant professor, SWFREC, Immokalee; Gene McAvoy, Hendry County Extension; Stephen Olson, professor, NFREC, Quincy; and Nancy Roe, IRREC, Fort Pierce.


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