Data specific to Tomatoes (Edit)
Heredity: Hybrid
Skin Color: Red
Fruit Shape: Plum
Fruit Size: Medium
Fruit Weight: 3 oz.
Tomato Plant Height: 4 feet
Best Uses: Sauce
Growth Mode: Determinate
Earliness: Mid-season
Days to Maturity: 75
Disease Resistance: Fusarium Wilt 1
Fusarium Wilt 2
Verticillium Wilt
Bacterial Speck
Tobacco Mosaic Virus
Physiological Resistance: Heat
Comments by NJ Ag Exp St.: high sugar fruit

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Plant Spread: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Leaves: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Direct sowing into the garden not recommended. Sow seeds into sterile seed starting mix, 1/8"-1/4" deep, indoors, 6-8 weeks prior to last expected frost date. Optimal germination occurs in 7-14 days with constant moisture and soil temperatures of 75-90F.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Containers: Preferred depth: Some tomato varieties, primarily dwarf and determinate varieties, are suitable for container gardening. Large, vining, indeterminate types can be grown in 5 gallon or larger containers but may require extra attention.

Common names
  • Tomato
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Solanum lycopersicum
  • Synonym: Lycopersicon lycopersicum
Also sold as:
  • Viva Italia F1

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Location: Bristol, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-08-01
These are good, and perfect for sauces, and for making
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2015-08-18
Location: My garden in Bark River, MI
Date: 2015-09-27
Dinner plate shown is 10.25 inches in diameter
Location: Bristol, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-07-26
Really large this year-still green, ripening slowly, Zone 7
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2015-08-05
Six pack of seedlings from the nursery.
Photo by Newyorkrita
Photo by Newyorkrita
Location: Mackinaw, IL
Date: Aug 9, 2011 1:21 PM
Paste-style tomato.  Open-pollinated, more flavorful than Roma.
Location: Bordentown NJ
Date: Summer 2010
Viva Italia; one ripe, one not
Location: Bristol, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-06-14
Flower close-up of "Viva Italia"
  • Posted by Weedwhacker (Ford River Twp, Michigan UP - Zone 4b) on Sep 19, 2017 3:17 PM concerning plant:
    I've grown this variety for a number of years and it has never failed to produce well, despite being one of the first to succumb to disease every year. This year and last year I've been growing it inside a high-tunnel greenhouse and it has been disease free and continued to produce tomatoes all season long. The tomatoes are essentially always blemish free, slightly firm, tasty, and great for using in a salad as well as for making sauce, salsa, juice, etc. They are easy to pick, not the type that needs to be cut off the vine with scissors, and yet they don't fall to the ground with a touch or bump either. The skin does tend to be a bit thicker than many tomatoes, but it isn't unpleasantly so even for eating fresh and it makes peeling easy. I would note that one of the comments indicates that it is an open-pollinated type, but the seeds I have purchased have always been listed as hybrid. It also tends to get taller than most determinate types, mine usually get to about 5 feet tall.
  • Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Sep 27, 2011 10:50 PM concerning plant:
    This is an egg-shaped, paste-style tomato, similar in size to Roma. As an open-pollinated variety, this is a good candidate for seed-saving for future years. Fairly compact plant, and very productive. I think the flavor is a little richer than Roma, and the texture is not as mealy, so they are good for eating fresh, as well as cooking and canning. My favorite go-to paste tomato.
  • Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Aug 22, 2014 9:04 PM concerning plant:
    Viva Italia is a producing workhorse. Last year I planted 4 different varieties of paste tomatoes (Roma, Amish Paste, Viva Italia, and one other), and Viva Italia outperformed the others without question. It had the longest period of production, and was absolutely covered in fruits. All had decent flavor, but Viva Italia was the most flavorful of the four, making it the only paste I really enjoyed eating fresh.
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 13, 2013 1:08 PM concerning plant:
    I grew Viva Italia for the first time last season and am growing some again this year. A paste type oval tomato similar to Roma but with much better fresh flavor and texture. I made stewed tomatoes, roasted tomatoes and actually just ate some fresh. Exceptional cooking tomato. Viva Italia is much less prone to getting blossom end rot than Roma.
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