Late Blight Tolerant Cherry Tomato

By Susan Littlefield

Late blight has been a scourge for many tomato growers in eastern parts of the country in the last couple of years. This disease, caused by the fungus-like pathogen Phytopthora infestans can decimate a tomato vine in short order.

While there are no tomatoes that are immune to this blight, Pro-Veg Seeds has bred the first late blight tolerant, semi-determinate cherry tomato on the market. Selected as an All-America Selections Vegetable Award winner for 2011, 'Lizzano' has a low-growing, trailing habit that makes it a great choice for containers or hanging baskets, although these compact, 16 to 20 inch tall plants will benefit from staking if grown directly in the garden. It produces abundant yields of bright red, one-inch fruits with excellent flavor. Because of its semi-determinate habit, the harvest continues throughout the summer. Its blight tolerance will help to ensure that disease doesn't end the harvest prematurely. Tomatoes are ready for harvest 105 day from seeding; 63 days from transplanting.

All-America Selections winners are new garden seed varieties that have been judged to have superior garden performance in impartial trials in North America.

For more information on 'Lizzano' cherry tomato, go to: All-America Selections.

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