15 Illness-Resistant Tomato Varieties For Your Backyard


I’m able to plan out my tomato plots for 2024, and as I flip by way of my seed catalog to make my alternatives, I’m extremely contemplating the disease-resistant varieties.

It may be a little bit overwhelming wanting by way of a number of crop sections when making an attempt to recall what all of the codes imply, what’s new in the marketplace, how a lot house you have got, and many others., so I’ve gone by way of this yr’s choices and chosen 15 disease-resistant tomato varieties so that you can attempt. I’ve additionally included a listing of all of the totally different codes and which illnesses every selection is immune to. I hope this helps you once you’re planning your backyard. 

First, I’ll checklist out all of the codes to your comfort, after which we’ll get into every of the varieties we suggest. Let’s get began. 

Our High Picks

Sungold Pole Tomatoes 

Indigo Rose Tomatoes

Ace 55 Tomatoes

Illness-Resistance Codes 

A cluster of ripe red and green tomatoes hang gracefully on a vine, their glossy surfaces adorned with glistening water droplets. The blurred background provides a lush, green canvas, accentuating the vivid beauty of the tomatoes.
Codes have been developed by seed firms to help clients and growers of their selections.

Seed firms present codes for every sort of tomato illness resistance for comfort to the potential buyer and grower. For reference, under, I’ve listed out all of the codes you would possibly see and what illness they check with, in addition to the precise pathogen that causes it. There are fairly a number of extra, however these are particular to tomatoes. 

Illness Code  Pathogen  Pathogen Sort
Alternaria Stem Canker AS Alternaria alternata f. sp. lycopersici  Fungus 
Blossom Finish Rot BER N/A-caused from a calcium deficiency N/A
Corky Root Rot CRR Pyrenochaeta lycopersici  Fungus 
Early Blight (Alternaria Blight)  EB or AB Alternaria solani  Fungus 
Fusarium Wilt* F F. oxyporum f. sp. lycopersici  Fungus
Fusarium Crown and Root Rot FOR Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. radicis–lycopersici Fungus 
Grey Leaf Spot GLS Stemphylium solani Fungus 
Late Blight  LB Phytophthora infestans Water Mould
Leaf Mould LM Cladosporium fulvum aka Fulvia fulva Fungus 
Roundworm N Meloidogyne arenaria, M. incognita, M. javanica Nematode 
Powdery Mildew PM Oidium neolycopersici Fungus 
Tobacco Mosaic  TMV Tobacco Mosaic Virus  Viral 
Tomato Apex Necrosis ToANV Tomato Apex Necrosis Virus Viral 
Tomato Mosaic ToMV Tomato Mosaic Virus  Viral
Tomato Noticed Wilt  TSWV Tomato Noticed Wilt Virus  Viral 
Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl TYLCV Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus Viral 
Verticillium Wilt V Verticillium albo–atrum and V. dahliae Fungus 

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*There are at the moment three races of fusarium wilt (F), that are known as F(1), F(2), and F(3). Some tomatoes are resistant to at least one or two races whereas nonetheless being inclined to others. F infects different crop households in addition to common weeds and lives within the soil for as much as ten years with out a host.

HR=excessive resistance

IR=intermediate resistance 

My prime choose in every class is listed first and has a observe indicating such. Spacing depends upon your trellising system and indeterminate versus determinate sorts. 

Cherry Tomatoes 

Cherry tomatoes are sometimes spherical in dimension, about 1 ½ to 2 inches round, and differ in shade. As a result of their dimension, they’ll be one of many first sorts of tomatoes to ripen. 

1. ‘Sungold’

TOP PICK

A cluster of Sungold tomatoes, showcasing a stunning interplay of orange and green hues, elegantly hangs from the lush stem. Lush green leaves encircle the tomatoes, creating a picturesque scene. The sun's warm rays lovingly caress the ensemble.
Harvest Sungold tomatoes a number of days early to keep away from splitting.
TYPE Indeterminate cherry
ROW SPACING 1-3 ft
DAYS TO MATURITY 57 from transplant
HYBRID STATUS (F1)
DISEASE RESISTANCE  HR: F(1), TMV

There’s nothing higher than the juicy pop of the primary ripe cherry tomato in the summertime. Sungolds by no means disappoint; we’ve clients, members of the family, and pals alike who look ahead to instances when the pints of those golden beauties change into out there in mass. 

Hold Sungolds pruned beginning on the backside and take away all suckers to maintain them from changing into unruly. A stringed trellis system that lets you clip the vine up each week works greatest as a consequence of its potential to develop very tall.  

Usually, one of many first cherry tomatoes to ripen, harvest them a number of days earlier than they’re totally ripe to forestall splitting. 

2. ‘Sakura’

TOP PICK

A cluster of green, orange, and rich red Sakura tomatoes, each petite in size, delicately hangs from a fuzzy green stem. The blurred background gracefully showcases the surrounding lush green leaves, enhancing the overall aesthetic.
A high-yielding cherry tomato selection, Sakura has candy, split-resistant fruits on tall vines.
TYPE Indeterminate cherry
ROW SPACING 1-3 ft
DAYS TO MATURITY 55 from transplant
HYBRID STATUS (F1)
DISEASE RESISTANCE  HR: F (1) & (2), TMV, LM A-E; IR: N

This small, pink cherry tomato selection supplies you with plenty of clusters filled with juicy fruits. Get your trellises prepared as a result of ‘Sakura’ vines attain six ft or longer. Observe the lower-and-lean methodology when you’ve got the house to increase the season and make it simpler to reap from tall vegetation. 

‘Sakura’ is extraordinarily candy and has low charges of splitting. Crops may be spaced tightly with a stringed trellis system and constant pruning. It produces massive trusses of fantastically shiny fruits. 

This selection retains going late into the season as a consequence of its in depth disease-resistance bundle. Pair it with Sungolds for a scrumptious duo. 

3. ‘Indigo Rose’

A close-up showcases indigo rose tomatoes, their rich hues standing out against fuzzy stems, creating a visually striking contrast against the blurred green backdrop. Bathed in sunlight, the indigo tones of these round tomatoes come to life.
Developed at Oregon State College, Indigo Rose tomatoes are candy and barely acidic.
TYPE Semi-determinate cherry
ROW SPACING 1-2 ft
DAYS TO MATURITY 80-90 from transplant
HYBRID STATUS N/A
DISEASE RESISTANCE  HR: EB, PM

These candy and barely acidic cherry tomatoes have been developed at Oregon State College. They vary in dimension from six to eight ounces and boast a shiny violet-blue-brownish hue that dulls with ripeness with inside pink flesh. 

The darkish blue pigments of those tomatoes are an indication of their excessive ranges of anthocyanins. These function antioxidants in our our bodies that will forestall irritation, enhance reminiscence, and combat off infections when consumed commonly. 

Enable the open-pollinated fruits of ‘Indigo Rose’ to totally ripen on the vine earlier than harvesting.

Small-Fruited Tomatoes 

These tomatoes get to three to 4 inches in diameter and about three to 6 ounces in weight.

4. ‘Mountain Magic’ 

TOP PICK 

Vibrant red and yellow Mountain Magic tomatoes, freshly showered, sparkle under the warm sun. The luscious fruits create a captivating scene as they rest among lush green leaves, creating a visually stunning and appetizing display.
Recognized for his or her juicy and vibrant pink fruits, Mountain Magic is great for direct consumption.
TYPE Indeterminate cocktail
ROW SPACING 1-2 ft
DAYS TO MATURITY 66 from transplant
HYBRID STATUS (F1)
DISEASE RESISTANCE  HR: F (1), (2), & (3), LB, V; IR: EB

This extraordinarily candy cocktail is like nature’s sweet. Greatest eaten straight from the vine and sliced in half in a salad, ‘Mountain Magic’ fruits are juicy and vibrant pink. The trusses are packed filled with uniformly two-ounce fruits that infrequently crack. 

In case you’re rising to promote your tomatoes, harvest the entire truss and promote it that approach. It makes fairly a press release on a farmers’ market desk. 

Leaves of ‘Mountain Magic’ conveniently cowl the fruits, defending them from sunscald. Prune spent and decrease leaves and empty trusses from the underside up as you begin to harvest. 

5. ‘Golden Jubilee’

Large, ripe Golden Jubilee tomatoes, their vibrant orange hue catching the sunlight, hang gracefully from a sturdy green stem. The background showcases a lush tapestry of verdant leaves, providing a natural contrast to the warm, golden tones of the tomatoes.
These climbing slicer tomatoes have agency flesh and small seed cavities.
TYPE Indeterminate climbing slicer
ROW SPACING 1-3 ft
DAYS TO MATURITY 75-80 from transplant
HYBRID STATUS N/A
DISEASE RESISTANCE  AS

This vibrant yellow stunner is the proper cross between ‘Tangerine’ and ‘Rutgers’ which was launched in 1943 and gained the All-America Picks award that very same yr! Producing the occasional inexperienced shoulder, ‘Golden Jubilee’ fruits get to be six to eight ounces and about three inches round in diameter. 

This selection doesn’t have any resistance to chill or chilly temperatures, so it’s greatest for gentle climates. Germinate on warmth mats set to 70-80°F (21-27°C) and transplant as soon as soil temperatures attain at the very least 60°F (16°C). Area them at 1 ½ to 2 ½ ft

‘Golden Jubilee’ has a pleasant agency texture and holds up nicely after being harvested. In addition they have small seed cavities, making them excellent for caprese salads or sandwiches. Harvest after they have just a bit give when squeezed and are vibrant orange.

6. ‘Early Woman’

A display of early girl tomatoes, showcasing a harmonious mix of ripe fruits and their unripe counterparts nestled among lush, verdant leaves. The contrast between the orange and the green captures the stages of growth, promising a future harvest.
These tomatoes are a medium-sized slicing selection that performs nicely in excessive tunnels.
TYPE Indeterminate climbing slicer
ROW SPACING 1-3 ft
DAYS TO MATURITY 62 from transplant
HYBRID STATUS (F1)
DISEASE RESISTANCE  HR: F(1), (2), & V

This has been our go-to for a persistently productive, medium-sized slicing tomato. ‘Early Woman’ is pale pink and performs nicely each exterior or beneath cowl in a excessive tunnel. Most research conclude the advantages of rising in a excessive tunnel embody extending the season and rising extra marketable fruits. That’s as a result of they get fairly banged up exterior from pests and numerous climate circumstances. 

‘Early Woman’ is extensively adaptable, and it’s one of many earliest slicers to ripen. Though not as juicy or flavorful as another choices, it’s dependable and uniformly sized. When we’ve an abundance of those tomatoes, we freeze them and add them to soups and stews within the winter. 

Professional tip: If dry farming, ‘New Woman’ will produce extremely acidic, very candy fruits. 

7. ‘Lemon Boy Plus’ 

A sprawling tomato vine lies on the ground, surrounded by scattered dried leaves. Amidst this earthy tapestry, Lemon Boy tomatoes gleam, their green hue contrasting with the surrounding foliage.
A candy and tangy slicer, this tomato provides brightness to the backyard and desk.
TYPE Determinate bush slicer
ROW SPACING 1-2 ft
DAYS TO MATURITY 75 from transplant
HYBRID STATUS (F1)
DISEASE RESISTANCE  HR: ASC, F (1), (2), and (3), FOR, GLS, ToMV, V; IR: N, LM A-E

This candy and tangy slicer provides a singular brightness to the backyard and the dinner desk, particularly together with vibrant reds, blushes, or greens. With an intensive disease-resistance bundle, the vegetation preserve going sturdy into the late season.

All the time deep water your tomatoes with drip irrigation and harvest the day earlier than to maintain them from cracking. All the time monitor soil moisture ranges and water extra throughout scorching spells and when no rain has fallen.  

In case you favor these “lemons” a bit extra on the acidic aspect, harvest them early and underripe. In any other case, snag them after they’re vibrant to golden yellow with a slight blush shade on the blossom finish. 

Beefsteak/Massive Slicing Tomatoes 

Beefsteak and enormous slicing tomatoes have a large form, providing you with persistently sized slices, excellent for sandwiches, and meaty, juicy insides. They’re about six inches in diameter and weigh as much as one pound or extra every. 

8. ‘Mountain Advantage’

DETERMINATE TOP PICK 

In this captivating close-up, Green Mountain Merit tomatoes steal the spotlight, nestled among luxuriant leaves. Their plump, verdant forms promise a harvest of freshness, while the surrounding foliage forms a protective embrace.
Compact Mountain Advantage vegetation yield eight to ten-ounce fruits with resistance to late blight.
TYPE Determinate bush slicer
ROW SPACING 1-2 ft
DAYS TO MATURITY 75 from transplant
HYBRID STATUS (F1)
DISEASE RESISTANCE  HR: F(1), (2), & (3), N, GLS, V, TSWV; IR: LB

‘Mountain Advantage’ vegetation are compact, solely rising to be about three ft tall. They produce fruits of eight to 10 ounces. With a terrific disease-resistance bundle, together with safety from late blight, your vegetation ought to nonetheless be wholesome in late summer season. 

With correct staking, this determinate selection can simply be grown in containers. It’s additionally excellent for gardeners with little house or solely a patio to develop on. To persistently have tomato provides in bulk all through the season, sow new successions each 4 to 6 weeks. 

Harvest after they’re vibrant pink and have a slight give once you (gently!) squeeze them on the vine. Professional tip: Harvest tomatoes the day earlier than you irrigate them to keep away from cracking as a consequence of extreme water. 

9. ‘Huge Beef Plus’ 

INDETERMINATE TOP PICK 

A solitary, and perfectly ripe Big Beef Plus tomato dangles from its resilient stem, showcasing its luscious red hue. The tomato is enveloped by a lush cluster of verdant leaves, creating a picturesque scene of nature's bounty.
Enhanced in taste, shade, and illness resistance, Huge Beef Plus surpasses the unique Huge Beef.
TYPE Indeterminate beefsteak
ROW SPACING 2-3 ft
DAYS TO MATURITY 72 from transplant
HYBRID STATUS (F1)
DISEASE RESISTANCE  HR: AS, F(1)1 & (2), FOR, GLS, TOMV, V; IR: N, TSWV

With improved taste, shade, and extra illness resistance, ‘Huge Beef Plus’ is even higher than the unique ‘Huge Beef’ that all of us knew and liked. 

‘Huge Beef Plus’ is juicy and meaty and is a good producer of medium to massive fruits excellent for BLTs. The insides of this tomato are a basic tomato crimson with a pleasant, spherical form. 

In case you’re rising tomatoes to promote, this can be a sensible, dependable, and enticing choice.

10. ‘Purple Satisfaction’

A close-up of three Red Pride tomatoes suspended gracefully from their verdant stem, enticing with their rich, red hue that promises a burst of flavor. The oblong contours of these tomatoes suggest a perfect blend of succulence and firmness.
A compact and adaptable plant, Purple Satisfaction yields high-quality, blemish-free, ten-ounce pink fruits.
TYPE Determinate bush slicer
ROW SPACING 1-2 ft
DAYS TO MATURITY 78 from transplant
HYBRID STATUS (F1)
DISEASE RESISTANCE  ASC, F (1) & (2), V

‘Purple Satisfaction’ reliably produces ten-ounce, vibrant pink fruits which can be nearly blemish-free. The flavour is nice, nearly heirloom high quality, and germination charges are persistently excessive. 

Crops keep compact and are adaptable to climates throughout North America, and their massive leaves shield the fruits from harsh solar. Fertilize them about six weeks after planting with a well-balanced liquid feed. When flowering begins, swap to a fertilizer greater in potassium.

Pruning isn’t needed for determinate varieties. Stake them with a fence or a cage. 

11. ‘Geronimo’

Hanging from a deep green stem, red and orange Geronimo tomatoes add a burst of color.  Nestled within the crinkled embrace of verdant leaves, these tomatoes exude freshness and ripeness.
This tomato shows resilience to powdery mildew in greenhouse trials.
TYPE Indeterminate slicer
ROW SPACING 1-3 ft
DAYS TO MATURITY 78 from transplant
HYBRID STATUS (F1)
DISEASE RESISTANCE  HR: F (1) & (2), LM A-E, TMV, V; IR: PM

In case you’re in search of a persistently formed, sized, and great-flavored slicing tomato, give ‘Geronimo’ a shot. It has agency, eight to ten-ounce fruits and a formidable disease-resistance bundle. 

It is a nice selection in the event you’re rising it in a protected surroundings. Greenhouse trials present it holds up nicely to powdery mildew. Crops develop balanced and stay wholesome even into the autumn. 

Whereas another related varieties have come onto the scene, Geronimo remains to be a terrific choice. 

12. ‘Caiman’

A Caiman tomato vine gracefully sprawls, adorned with clusters of ripe orange tomatoes. The blurred background hints at the lush, earthy surroundings, highlighting the plant's connection to the rich brown soil beneath.
A high-performing beefsteak selection, Caiman reveals conventional traits with early maturity.
TYPE Indeterminate slicer
ROW SPACING 1-3 ft
DAYS TO MATURITY 76 from transplant
HYBRID STATUS (F1)
DISEASE RESISTANCE  HR: F (1) & (2), LM A-E, ToMV, V; IR: N, TSWV

‘Caiman’ is a conventional beefsteak selection in dimension, form, shade, and taste. It’s a bit sooner than ‘Geronimo’ and holds collectively extremely nicely when sliced. Fruits keep clear and enticing. 

It’s a powerful performer in a tunnel and has nice resistance to all of the heavy-hitter illnesses.

Professional tip: On the whole, when beginning tomatoes from seed, don’t begin them too early. Pay shut consideration to your zone’s final frost date, learn the suggestions for every selection you choose, and begin them accordingly in order that they don’t change into leggy or rootbound within the greenhouse. 

13. ‘Harvest Moon’

A close-up of an orange harvest moon tomato, bathed in soft light, rests gracefully next to a sturdy brown stem. In the background, a green tomato and lush foliage create a harmonious tapestry of colors and textures.
This produces uniformly formed, seven to ten-ounce unblemished fruits all through the season.
TYPE Indeterminate slicer
ROW SPACING 1-3 ft
DAYS TO MATURITY 75 from transplant
HYBRID STATUS (F1)
DISEASE RESISTANCE  HR: LB

I’d be remiss if I didn’t embody a marbled magnificence. ‘Harvest Moon’ is paying homage to a golden and red-orange heirloom however presents excessive resistance to late blight, not like heirlooms. Many of the physique is golden-yellow, and the blossom finish is a pink blush. 

These vegetation persistently present uniformly formed and sized seven to ten-ounce virtually unblemished fruits. They proceed to set fruit up the trellis, providing you with recent tomatoes all season lengthy. 

Harvest once you discover shade on the stage, known as “first blush” and permit them to ripen at room temperature. 

Paste/Plum/Roma Tomatoes 

These sorts are often present in determinate choices since many individuals develop them to make sauce in bulk at a sure time of the yr. 

14. ‘Granadero’

TOP PICK 

A close-up of a vibrant Granadero tomato vine, with lush green leaves stretching towards the warm sunlight. Ripe tomatoes dangle alongside their unripe counterparts, creating a captivating contrast of colors.
An natural plum tomato, Granadero yields plentiful vibrant pink fruits.
TYPE Indeterminate climbing plum-type Roma
ROW SPACING 1-3 ft
DAYS TO MATURITY 75 from transplant
HYBRID STATUS (F1)
DISEASE RESISTANCE  HR: F (1) & (2), ToMV, V; IR: PM, N, TSWV

This natural plum tomato is extraordinarily prolific, producing uniformly formed 4 to five-ounce vibrant pink fruits. ‘Granadero’ has a low charge of blossom finish rot, which is especially frequent in a majority of these tomatoes, due to its thick skins. 

‘Granadero’ has nice taste, excellent for making and freezing or canning do-it-yourself sauces and salsas. 

Though it’s an indeterminate selection, ‘Granadero’ is sort of compact, so staking might or is probably not needed. 

15. ‘Plum Regal’

A bountiful cluster of regal Plum tomatoes, both ripe and unripe, gracefully hangs from the verdant vine. The oblong shape of the tomatoes indicates their readiness for harvest. Encircled by vibrant leaves, they showcase nature's vibrant palette.
A star amongst plum tomatoes, ‘Plum Regal’ has each early and late blight resistance.
TYPE Determinate plum
ROW SPACING 1-3 ft
DAYS TO MATURITY 75 from transplant
HYBRID STATUS (F1)
DISEASE RESISTANCE  HR: F (1) & (2), TSWV, LB, V; IR: EB

You gained’t see any sunscald on these plums because the vegetation supply loads of depart protection for his or her four-ounce fruits. Tomatoes are completely blocky, deep pink, and have nice pasta taste. 

With each early and late blight resistance, ‘Plum Regal’ could be the star of the plum tomato present. 

Attempt planting some indeterminate and a few determinate plums so that you don’t really feel the strain to make a sauce with all of them after they begin to are available in. Attempt freezing them on a cookie sheet when you’ve got an abundance. As soon as they’re frozen strong, retailer them in an hermetic bag and label them with the date. 

Heirlooms

A close-up of orange and green tomatoes hanging gracefully, showcasing their unique form. The tomatoes are suspended delicately amidst a backdrop of lush, green leaves, enhancing the overall composition with a touch of botanical elegance.
Grafting heirloom tomatoes onto disease-resistant rootstock enhances their vigor, maturity, and resilience.

Heirlooms are chosen annually by gardeners all over the place for his or her intense juicy flavors, unusual magnificence, pure pollination, and to hold on traditions from a whole bunch of years in the past. Sadly, heirloom varieties don’t supply a lot illness resistance. In right this moment’s world, illnesses rapidly smash an ideal patch of tomatoes in the event you don’t supply them any safety. 

Enter rootstock and the world of grafting. In case you’re not prepared to leap into the world of hybrids or GMO tomatoes, attempt the age-old methodology of grafting to lower pest and illness strain, improve yields, and proceed to benefit from the flavors of heirlooms. They’ll be extra vigorous, mature sooner, and face up to inclement temperatures and numerous climate patterns. 

Our favourite heirlooms to graft are Striped German, Cherokee Inexperienced, and Abigail. Some seed firms have additionally launched hy-loom varieties, which supply the style and funkiness of heirlooms with the productiveness and disease-resistance of hybrids. We’ve been grafting all sorts of tomatoes for 3 seasons on our farm, and we’ve by no means regarded again! 

How To Management Illness – Common Cultural Suggestions

Right here are some things you are able to do to cut back the danger of illnesses.

          • Tidy up backyard particles and fallen leaves commonly.
          • Hold instruments and tools clear.
          • Prune usually and as wanted by eradicating discolored leaves or any which can be under an empty truss.
          • Observe correct crop rotation.
          • Choose resistant cultivars.
          • Hold weed strain down, as illnesses use them as hosts.
          • Buy seeds and seedlings solely from respected sources and discard any that you just suspect to be diseased.
          • Comply with remedy plans in the event you suspect your vegetation are diseased, whether or not that be copper spray or complete elimination and burning.
          • Graft tomatoes.
          • Amend the soil as wanted. All crops are more healthy and extra in a position to keep off pests and illnesses when the soil is wholesome.

Ultimate Ideas 

On the planet of ever-changing local weather, early and late frosts, and surprising climate patterns globally, illness resistance in seeds we develop is necessary, particularly in key summer season crops like tomatoes.

Every year, breeders are working to create new hybrids to assist gardeners and farmers produce high-quality and great-tasting tomatoes with out sacrificing them to illness. Pleased, wholesome tomato rising!  

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