Amity Highland Ranch

  (Belmont, New York)
Grass-fed Highland beef

Posts tagged [tomato]

Tomatoes that may thrive in late blight conditions

Because of the late blight scourge of last year, I am growing transplants this year of a variety called Legend, which was developed by Dr. Baggett at the U. of Oregon.  According to several sources which you can find on the Web, this tomato exhibits resistance to late blight and has proven itself in trials in the Pacific Northwest.  Supplies are very limited - call or Email me to order early!

I also have a cherry tomato called Matt's Wild Cherry, which anecdotal evidence from around New York State says continued to produce copious amounts of small, very tasty cherry tomatoes even as companion tomato varieties succumbed to the blight around it.  I have not grown Matt's for some years, but I do recall that the fruit is simply delightful, though I had to pick more to get the same volume as a "normal" cherry tomato.  It's called "wild" because it's believed to be an ancestor of our modern cherry tomato varieties. 

My hope is that the weather does not give this scourge another chance to wipe out our tomato and potato plants.  But I expect to hear reports of the fungus still active around the Northeast, simply because home gardeners may not have known what was wrong with their plants and allowed the plant residues to overwinter near the gardens, instead of discarding them in a plastic bag as was recommended by our friends at the Cornell Cooperative Extension offices around New York, in Vermont and New Hampshire, and elsewhere.  But we can try different plants to see how they fare, and our input on this experiment can be useful to future growers and to the researchers who are diligently working on breeding for late blight resistance.

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