The Most Blight Resistant Tomato Varieties

While blight resistant tomato varieties are not immune to early blight or late blight, they have a stronger resilience than other types of tomatoes. By growing blight resistant tomatoes, you have a better chance at cultivating a healthy crop.

Tomato blight is a common problem that attacks tomato leaves, stems, and fruit. There are two types: early blight and late blight. Both are caused by different types of fungi. Early blight attacks leaves and stems. It causes plants to under produce. Late blight produces spots and mold on leaves and fruit and can overtake a plant within days if not treated. (Learn more about early blight and late blight in tomatoes.)

Breeders continue to develop blight resistant tomato varieties. During summer 2010, researchers at Cornell University tested varieties that are resilient to both early and late blight. Until they are commercially available, gardeners will have to choose tomatoes that have already proven to be resilient to one or the other – whichever type of blight is most prevalent in their local gardens. For now, one of the best ways to prevent early blight and late blight in your crop is to choose and grow blight resistant tomato varieties.

(Resistance code definitions listed below)

Tomato Varieties Resistant to Early Blight

Juliet Tomato
Hybrid, indeterminate, 60 days, red, elongated cherry (1 ounce), resistance: cracking, blight
1999 All-America Selections Winner

Legend Tomato
OP (open-pollinated), determinate, 68 days, red, beefsteak (14-16 ounces), resistance: early blight, late blight
Developed by Oregon State University. Sets fruit well in both cool and warm temperatures. Strong resistance to late blight.

Manalucie Tomato
Hybrid, indeterminate, 82 days, red, globe, resistance: blossom end rot, gray leaf mold, early blight, fusarium wilt
Heavy foliage that protects fruit from heat

Manyel Tomato
Heirloom, indeterminate, 75 days, golden yellow, globe (8-10 ounces)
A native American variety. Its name translates as “many moons.” Known for its tangy citrus flavor.

Matt’s Wild Cherry Tomato
Heirloom, indeterminate, 70 days, red, cherry (1/2 inch), resistance: early blight
Linked to a wild Mexican tomato variety. Considered to be frost resistant.

Mountain Fresh Plus Tomato
Hybrid, determinate, 77 days, red, globe (12 ounces), disease resistance: VFFN, blossom end rot, early blight
Part of the Mountain tomato series developed by NC State University

Mountain Supreme
Hybrid, determinate, 69-70 days, red, globe, resistance: VF, blight
Part of the Mountain tomato series developed by NC State University

Old Brooks Tomato
Heirloom, indeterminate, 78 days, red, globe (6-8 ounces), resistance: blossom end rot, early blight, late blight
A good variety for canning.

Tommy Toe Tomato
Heirloom, indeterminate, 70 days, red, cherry (1 inch)
Originated in the Ozark Mountains, but is very popular in Australia

Tomato Varieties Resistant to Late Blight

Fantasio Tomato
Hybrid, red, globe, (8 ounces) resistance: VFNT, late blight
Popular in the U.K.

Ferline Tomato
Hybrid, indeterminate, 95 days, globe (5 ounces), resistance: VF, blight
Exceptional blight tolerance. Low acidity.

Golden Sweet Tomato
Hybrid, indeterminate, 60 days, deep yellow, grape, resistance: late blight, cracking
Fun to serve with red grape tomatoes

Legend Tomato
OP (open-pollinated), determinate, 68 days, red, beefsteak (14-16 ounces), resistance: early blight, late blight
Developed by Oregon State University. Sets fruit well in both cool and warm temperatures. Strong resistance to late blight.

Old Brooks Tomato
Heirloom, indeterminate, 78 days, red, globe (6-8 ounces), resistance: blossom end rot, early blight, late blight
A good variety for canning.

Disease Resistance Codes

V Verticillium Wilt
F Fusarium Wilt
FF Fusarium, races 1 and 2
FFF Fusarium, races 1, 2, and 3
N Nematodes
A Alternaria
T Tobacco Mosaic Virus
St Stemphylium (Gray Leaf Spot)
TSWV Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus


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