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Greatgardens September 15, 2019 05:03 AM

Your Hardiest Varieties?
I think I found two this summer to add to my nearly "bullet-proof" varieties. Stellar and Mat-Su Express. Those get added to Burpee's Orange Wellington. Have you found any that seem to do really well, preferably year-after-year? I grow in EarthBoxes, mainly, so soil-borne diseases are not really an issue. I'm thinking primarily foliage disease tolerance.

davidj September 15, 2019 06:50 AM

Petit moineau
The hardiest tomato variety I've tried may be "Petit moineau". It is an heirloom from Québec province, producing early, very small and very flavorful cherry tomatoes in abundance on (probably) semi-determinate plants. It is usually the first and the last plant from which I harvest tomatoes and has sometimes survived light frosts when nearby tomatoes died.

I did not grow it this summer because fruits are very small, but I wish I had grown one plant to eat tomatoes when I walk in the garden.


slugworth September 15, 2019 03:19 PM

I used to grow matt's wild cherry,the plants would be alive til frost killed them,
but the tomatoes are the size of m&m's and difficult to pick.

FarmerShawn September 15, 2019 04:01 PM

Juliet F1 has been bulletproof in my garden for years now, and it's my wife's favorite to can whole.

Nan_PA_6b September 16, 2019 11:29 AM

Post Office Spoonful produces first, last, and in quantity, even with foliage diseases. Rampant growth outstrips the diseases. The fruits are 2/3" in diameter, and quite tasty.

GoDawgs September 16, 2019 11:36 AM

I have to cast another vote for Juliet. She's always the last to go.

RJGlew September 16, 2019 03:50 PM

[QUOTE=FarmerShawn;745938]Juliet F1 has been bulletproof in my garden for years now, and it's my wife's favorite to can whole.[/QUOTE]

I have not grown Juliet F1 for a couple of years but agreed , it is a very good late producer. Interesting that you note your wife cans them - I was always impressed with how easily the skins come off.

slugworth September 17, 2019 09:01 AM

I thought Juliet was a determinate type.
I was going to buy plants but that is what the label said.

KarenO September 17, 2019 11:05 AM

For a small tomato, the largest and healthiest plant in my garden this year and still going strong in mid September on Vancouver Island is Fred Hempel’s Green Bee.
For a large size tomato, My own Polaris is the most productive and healthy in my garden. Still producing

b54red September 17, 2019 01:04 PM

Every year the hardiest tomatoes are usually different from the year before. Conditions make a lot of difference between varieties and of course most seasons are very different in rainfall, disease pressure, insect pressure, temperatures, wind, and humidity levels. I don't grow any cherries anymore or any really small varieties since even with large varieties I get plenty of small ones from them near the end of the plants life.

Out of twenty plants set out at the end of March I still have a few still producing nice sized fruit on really long old vines. The ones that are producing the most and biggest fruits are Arkansas Traveler, Red Barn, German Johnson PL, Giant Belgium and Kentucky Wonder RL. I'm sure next year some of these will not be on the list and others will.


HudsonValley September 17, 2019 01:45 PM

In my garden, Marglobe is pretty much bullet-proof.

Barb_FL September 17, 2019 02:45 PM

So surprised to hear Juliet mentioned. I grew it back in the day, and it was foolproof but how does it taste?

Thick skin or thin?



shule1 September 17, 2019 03:33 PM

Well, many of my favorites, I haven't grown that much, yet, but I can vouch for the following, for consistent year-after-year hardiness:

* Galapagos Island (the very early, yellow, marble-sized version that I have, which I got from in the fall of 2014)
* [URL=""]Sweet Orange Cherry[/URL] (the place I got it just calls it Orange Cherry)
* Early Girl F1

It should be noted that Early Girl F1 changes a lot. The one they sell nowadays isn't the one they sold a little while ago, methinks, and it's changed in the past at least two or three times. Whatever the case, it's always worked out well, when purchased as a plant (it came from the nursury with a mild disease, this year, but it still has produced well anyway). I haven't given growing it from seed a good enough trial, yet, but I do have a seed-grown plant (which had a very late start).

shule1 September 17, 2019 03:38 PM

Matt's Wild Cherry was probably about as big as four M&Ms for me, unless you mean the peanut ones. ;)

I've only grown it and Coyote this year, but they seem quite hardy.

Worth1 September 17, 2019 05:54 PM

[QUOTE=shule1;746096]Matt's Wild Cherry was probably about as big as four M&Ms for me, unless you mean the peanut ones. ;)

I've only grown it and Coyote this year, but they seem quite hardy.[/QUOTE]

I hear that, the things can survive a blast furnace and keep producing.:lol:

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