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Tomato blight is one of the great curses of the modern grower, it is unsightly, quick to establish and can destroy an entire crop in just a matter of days. Unfortunately it is also difficult to control either by environmental control or fungicides. And once you have it the spores can rest in the soil, ready for another infection as soon as conditions are favourable.
Recently there have been some new introductions that have performed extremely well against Late Blight. Given time - and improved availability - these hardier varieties will hopefully give tomato growers around the world a well deserved break. The three best performing varieties are listed below.
This is a deliciously flavoured variety that has also trialled well in the garden situation against ‘Late Blight’ infection.
In fact it has also shown good resistance to Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Verticillium, Fusarium Wilts, and nematodes too. Tomato ‘Fantastico will bear you a good crop of round fruits, with each plant producing up to around 6 lbs of tomatoes.
Not only has this new variety shown excellent tolerance to ‘Late Blight’, it has also proven itself to be highly resistant against both fusarium wilt and verticillium wilt. As with the new ‘Legend’ cultivar, ‘Ferline’ has also tested extremely well in garden trials. It produces heavy crops – up to 5 lbs per plant – of flavoursome, deep red fruits. Although it does well sown outdoors ‘Ferline’ is also suitable for growing under glass.
This particular variety was bred in the USA by Dr. Jim Baggett at Oregon State University. In recent tests ‘Legend’ had shown impressive blight tolerance, and in particular during trials in a ‘garden’ situation. It produces large, glossy red fruits with an expected crop of up to 6 lbs per plant. The fruit have a slightly flatter shape compared to the norm and come almost completely seedless.
Fortunately for most gardeners, best results are produced when the plants were grown outdoors but they are also perfectly fine for growing under glass. They have an excellent flavour and should be sown 6-8 weeks before expected lasts frosts - in the United Kingdom this will be anytime from March onwards.
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