disease resistant heirloom tomatoes?

birdgardner(NJ/ 6b)December 1, 2007

Well, the catalogs are coming. I loooove the taste of the heirlooms but some of them are disease magnets. Black

Prince for one, sickly, sickly plant.

Pruden's Purple does ok, so does Principe Borghese. Not great.

What has done well for you with no spray, or an organic regime? Are there modern varieties with disease resitance that have those old-fashioned tastes? Complex, rich, creamy, fruity?

Early and high yield is a plus. I guess they'll never grow a deer-resistant tomato...

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Loretta NJ Z6

I was very happy with Japanese Trifele Black. Tasted like Cherokee Chocolate or Purple and very pretty.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2007 at 9:36AM
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Lisa, Brandywine has always seemed able to handle disease in my garden - haven't lost one in 20 years. I do practice four year rotation. I also suspect that permiable landscape fabric helps keep disease at bay. The fabric and light covering of the prior years miscanthus grass stalks keeps spores in the soil from splashing on the tomato leaves. Then again it may just be because I have well drained improved sandy soil.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2007 at 7:40PM
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birdgardner(NJ/ 6b)

What, are you gloating, Ward? Well drained improved sandy soil, hmph. I drive out to Ocean county every day now. I'll just have to steal the soil, pocketful by pocketful.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2007 at 11:41PM
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I don't know if the Ramapo tomatoes are disease resistant, but they are being brought back by Rutgers. I hear they are great so I ordered several packs of seeds.


    Bookmark   January 15, 2008 at 11:21PM
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