Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Jet Star') in the Tomatoes Database

Botanical names:
Solanum lycopersicum Accepted
Lycopersicon lycopersicum Synonym

Also sold as:
Jet Star F1

Data specific to Tomatoes (Edit)
Heredity: Hybrid
Skin Color: Red
Flesh Color: Red
Fruit Shape: Round
Flattened Globe
Other: round,flattened
Fruit Size: Medium
Fruit Weight: 10 oz.
Tomato Plant Height: 4 feet
Best Uses: Slicing
Growth Mode: Indeterminate
Earliness: Mid-season
Days to Maturity: 72
Disease Resistance: Fusarium Wilt
Fusarium Wilt 1
Verticillium Wilt
Physiological Resistance: Cracking
Comments by NJ Ag Exp St.: Low in acid? Has been popular for years with gardeners

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: Summer
Late summer or early fall
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
Provide darkness
Needs specific temperature: 65*80
Days to germinate: 4 -10 days at optimal temperature
Depth to plant seed: 1/4 to 1/2 inch
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Will not come true from seed
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
Other: Suckers are easily rooted.
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
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.


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Posted by Claudia (Coatesville IN - Zone 5b) on Aug 24, 2014 6:39 PM

I had grown Jet Star before and it had been a fair producer for me. This year I bought one Jet Star plant and it has been a very good producer for us. I have picked a number of nice tennis-ball-sized tomatoes off my one plant. They are nice juicy slicers. We think they taste good. I have been sure to feed my plants every week this year and have also used fish fertilizer on them. I do not know whether that has made the big difference.

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Posted by Horseshoe (Efland, NC - Zone 7a) on Nov 10, 2011 4:08 PM

Excellent tomato both in growth habit and fruit production.

Firm, meaty fruit. One of the last of the truly "low acid" tomatoes still available. (Not recommended for canning due to its low-acidity.)

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 2, 2013 9:50 PM

This is the first year I have tried the Jet Star tomatoes. I bought mine as seedlings at a local nursery early this spring. The plants have been growing well but Jet Star is not my favorite tomato for taste. Not at all sure I will be trying them again next season.

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Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Aug 22, 2014 9:25 PM

I was surprised to see this tomato listed as indeterminate. Both years I grew them, the plants stayed small and bush-shaped and the fruits all ripened within a fairly narrow window. The tomatoes were very consistent in size, about the size of a tennis ball, and seemed more watery than most. Not likely to grow these again.

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Posted by DonShirer (Westbrook, CT - Zone 6a) on Oct 26, 2018 3:05 AM

Averaged 8oz. Got 26 fruit from one plant in 5gal grow bag. Tasted ok, rather bland.

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Posted by Paul2032 ( Utah - Zone 5b) on Jul 11, 2018 1:39 PM

This is my first year trying Jet Star. My plant looks like it is determinate......a compact plant with lots of tomatoes that will be ripening near the same time. The first one was ripe today so I gave it a try. Flavor was mild but pleasing. I will make a judgment as more ripen and then decide about next year. I'm thinking probably next year......

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vbprog On May 3, 2015 Transplanted
Set out in garden in permanent home.
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