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Disease-Resistant Tomatoes

The tomato plant can fall prey to insects, slugs and fungal diseases.

January 20, 2012

Excerpt from the Popular Farming Series magabook Organic Farm & Garden with permission from its publisher, BowTie magazines, a division of BowTie Inc. Purchase Organic Farm & Garden here.


America’s favorite backyard crop, tomatoes, is a favorite food for pests. The tomato plant can fall prey to insects, slugs and fungal diseases, so tomatoes need monitoring throughout the season.

Start by paying attention to the tomato types you plant. Seed packets of disease-resistant tomatoes are marked with combinations of the letters V, F, T, N and A, which indicate resistance to known tomato problems: V for Verticillium wilt; F for Fusarium wilt; N for nematodes; T for tobacco mosaic virus; and A for alternaria (early blight).

Planting resistant varieties will help ward off problems before they start. Also look for tomatoes that yield early and offer mid-season harvests because they will bear fruit before the onslaught of late-summer fungal diseases. Heritage tomato varieties common to your area may also have a natural resistance to some pests and blights.

Try Bush Celebrity, First Lady and Jetsetter for early tomatoes; Big BeefCelebrity and Champion for mid-to late-season tomatoes.


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I'm also interested in learning more about what makes them disease-resistant. Are they treated, or is it a natural resistance?
Debbie, Sandy Creek, NY
Posted: 8/4/2014 9:45:57 AM
How are these seeds disease resistant? Are they presoaked with a safe chemical ? If so , which chemical ? Very interested ! I am allergic to some chemical 's.
Sherilyn, Corpus Christi, TX
Posted: 8/4/2014 9:31:28 AM
Good to know
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 7/27/2013 6:50:35 AM
Sounds good!
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 1/25/2013 11:05:50 PM

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