What are the best cool tolerant tomato varieties – the tomatoes that grow well in damp climates?
Cool, wet areas present special challenges for the tomato gardener.
Mostly because tomatoes love the heat!
If possible, choose small-fruited varieties since larger tomatoes often turn out watery and mealy in cool weather.
But creative breeders have helped us out quite a bit.
They’ve found or developed special types of tomatoes that can flourish even when days are less-than-warm and particularly damp.
Now you can grow cool-tolerant tomatoes by using a few special techniques - and by choosing appropriate varieties. Check these out.
(Resistance code definitions listed below)
Hybrid, indeterminate, 75 days, red, beefsteak (12-16 ounces), resistance: VFN Guinness World Record holder, producing 342 lbs of tomatoes from one plant
Hybrid, indeterminate, 65 days, red, globe (6 ounces), resistance: VFFNT
Gourmet tomato from France
Early Cascade Tomato
Hybrid, indeterminate, 55 days, red, globe (2 ½ inches), resistance: VFA
Dependable even in the Pacific Northwest’s wet weather
Hybrid, indeterminate, 50-52 days, red, globe (8 ounces), resistance: VFF
Oregon Spring Tomato
Hybrid, determinate, 58-60 days, red, globe (5 ounces)
Developed by Oregon State University for short-season gardens
Quick Pick Tomato
Hybrid, indeterminate, 66 days, red, globe (5 ounces)< resistance: VFNTA
Prone to sunscald in hot weather
Hybrid, indeterminate, 55-58 days, gold/orange, cherry (1 inch), resistance: FVNT
From England. Known for its sweetness.
Hybrid, indeterminate, 65 days, red, cherry (1/2 ounce)
High vitamin C content
Anna Russian Tomato
Heirloom, indeterminate, 65-70 days, red, oxheart (up to 16 ounces)
Seeds brought to Oregon by a Russian immigrant
Black Prince Tomato
Heirloom, indeterminate, 70 days, red/black, globe (2 ounces)
Introduced from Irkutsk, Siberia. Grows well in cooler climates. Offers considerable health benefits.
Heirloom, indeterminate, 79 days, golden/orange, beefsteak (12-32 ounces)
Reliable, rich-tasting though not a huge producer. Variety from Russia.
Principe Borghese Tomato
Heirloom, determinate, 78 days, red, plum (1-2 ounces), resistance: cracking
A variety from Italy. Known as one of the best drying tomatoes. Grows well in cool weather.
Heirloom, indeterminate, 55 days, red, small slicing tomatoes (2-3 inches)
Extremely early, cold-tolerant variety from Czechoslovakia
OP (open-pollinated), determinate, 70 days, red, plum (4-5 ounces), resistance: V, cracking
Larger and earlier than other plum tomatoes. Excellent for sauce, puree, paste, juice, and canning. Developed by Dr. Jack Metcalf in Ontario, Canada. Tolerates cool temperatures well.
OP (open-pollinated), indeterminate, 65 days, black/purple, cherry (1 inch)
Classic black tomato taste
Cold Set Tomato
OP (open-pollinated), indeterminate, 65 days, red, globe (4 inches)
Tolerates light frost
OP (open-pollinated), determinate, 70 days, red, plum (5 inches long), resistance: V
Excellent for canning, paste, sauce, and ketchup
Santa Cruz Kada tomato
OP (open-pollinated), indeterminate, 85 days, red, plum, resistance: VF
Grows well in foggy, cool areas
V Verticillium Wilt
F Fusarium Wilt
FF Fusarium, races 1 and 2
FFF Fusarium, races 1, 2, and 3
T Tobacco Mosaic Virus
St Stemphylium (Gray Leaf Spot)
TSWV Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
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