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)
Better Boy Tomato
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
Early Girl Tomato
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
Sun Gold Tomato
ybrid, indeterminate, 55-58 days, gold/orange, cherry (1 inch), resistance: FVNT
From England. Known for its sweetness.
Sweet 100 Tomato
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
(Check out TomatoFest for heirloom tomato seeds and plants.)
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.
Black Cherry Tomato
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
(Check out TomatoFest for OP tomato seeds and plants.)
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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