tough tomato skin and stink bugs?

helenh(z6 SW MO)March 26, 2012

I just read a post about Momotaro having tough skin. Does anyone know if that would stop stink bugs. They ruin my tomatoes every summer. I don't like tough skin but a stink bug resistant tomato would be worth it.

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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

Helen, I've never heard of a tomato variety that had tough skins, or thin skins that stinkbugs couldn't penetrate and shoot in that poison that kills the cells under the skin leaving a white area and a yellow area on top of the skin.

Momotaro is called Tough Boy in Japan, but that name is after a folk hero in Japan and doesn't refer to tough skins.

However I did Google it and quite a few sites say tough skins which makes it more tolerant to cracking.

I've grown lots of varieties that had hard skins, the pre-1800 variety Roi Humberti comes to mind, and I have't the faintest idea if it was resistant to stinkbugs b'c having stinkbug problems is not an every year problem for my tomatoes.

So why not try it and plant two thin skinned varieties on either side of it and see what you get as to stinkbug problems.


    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 2:57PM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

Thanks Carolyn. I am trying cow peas as a trap crop and if that doesn't work at least they are good for soil improvement.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 1:41PM
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