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?


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Answer from NGA
October 13, 2009

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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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