I am a backyard gardener in eastern nj. I am looking for the most disease
resistant tomato that is open pollinated. Any type but cherry. Thanks for
Thank you for your email regarding open pollinated tomatoes varieties with
disease resistance. Unfortunately, there are not a ton of varieties because
there is not the hybridization involved to introduce resistance. What
resistance there is comes from the selections made for domestication by
those that started saving seeds many years ago.
However, there are a few that do stand out:
–Manalucie FSt: This one is more for down south or hot summers, but I’ve
had good success with it here in Wisconsin (with the exception of 2009, when
we had a very cool summer!). The fruits get big (about 12-16 ounces), but
are nice and smooth. It has decent resistance to Blossom End Rot, Gray Leaf
Mold, Early Blight and Fusarium Wilt. It is an indeterminate variety.
–Campbell’s 33VFA: This is a tomato that is about half the size of the
Manalucie, but makes up for it with the amount of fruit set. It has okay
resistance to Verticilium, Fusarium Wilt, and Alternaria. It is a
–Heinz 1370 FASt: This one makes a nice sauce or soup and is about in the
4-7 ounce range. It has decent resistance to cracking, Fusarium Wilt,
Alternaria, and Gray Leaf Mold. It is a determinate variety.
–Rutgers Select VFASt and Rutgers PS VFASt: These two varieties are very
similar but have great resistance to Verticilium and Fusarium Wilt, Grey
Leaf Mold, and ALternaria. They have really good flavor and are meaty.
Rutgers Select is an indeterminate and Rutgers PS is determinate.
There are other varieties like Marion FASt, Marmande VFA, New
Yorker VA, Sunray VFF, Hard Rock VFN, and Roma VFA that do have some
moderate disease resistance.
I hope this information helps you out. If you have any other questions,
please feel free to ask.