fla. tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

st petersburg, Fl
Question by fgreehan
October 13, 2009
What would be the best variety of tomato to plant at this time of year? I have a full sun bed. Thanks. Could I also plant brocolli and carrots at this time of year?

Answer from NGA
October 13, 2009


The University of Florida Extension Service provides the following information on recommended tomatoes for your region:
Indeterminate plants with large fruit:
`Floradel' ? once a leading vine-ripe commercial variety; seeds hard to find. Fruit large red. Resistant to Fusarium wilt; gray leafspot; and graywall.

`Tropic' ? another hard one to find, but worth looking for. Fruit large red. Resistant to Fusarium wilt; verticillium wilt; gray leafspot; graywall.

`Manalucie' ? another old commercial standard staking type. Large red fruit. Resistant to: Fusarium wilt; early blight; gray leafspot; graywall; leaf mold.

`Better Boy' ? nationwide favorite that does well in Florida. Resistant to Fusarium wilt; vert. wilt, and root-knot nematodes.

`Bonnie Best' ? grows better in North Florida than South Florida. Medium size red fruit. Likes to be caged.

`Manapal' ? old Florida variety. Medium size red fruit.

`Bragger' ? Has produced good yields of 1-pound fruits in organic amended soils.

Indeterminate (Small fruit)
`Red Cherry' ? fruits are 1? inches diameter.

`Sweet Chelsea' ? vines vigorously; fruits profusely (1? inch).

`Sweet 100' ? beautiful `hands' of fruit that are 1 inch or less in diameter.

`Sweet Million' ? Fruits similar to cherry types, but produced in extra-long clusters.

Bush-type to Semi-vining (Determinate) Large Fruit
`Walter' ? old standard, large red fruit, resistant to: Fusarium, gray leafspot, graywall.

`Suncoast' ? New deep red inside and out, large fruit; resistant to Fusarium , vert. wilt, gray leafspot. A University of Florida release.

`Floramerica' ? Award winner. Large red fruit. Resistant to Fusarium wilt), gray leafspot, gray mold, crown rot.

`Flora-dade' ? Recommend this one. Big red fruit; resistant to Fusarium wilt, vert. wilt, gray leafspot.

`Duke' ? commercial variety good for the garden. Large red fruit; resistant to vert. wilt, Fusarium), gray leafspot, alternaria stem canker.

`Sunny' ? standard commercial variety. Large red fruit. Resistant to vert. wilt, Fusarium, Alternaria, gray leaf spot.

`Solar Set' ? new variety released by University of Florida. Sets large red fruits at higher temperatures than most varieties.

`Celebrity' ? A favorite, diseas resistant variety in Jacksonville, does well in other areas of the state.

You can plant beans, peas, carrots, broccoli, cabbage and leaf lettuces now.

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