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Tomato Varieties for the South

By: Dee Nash
Tomatoes grown in Southern gardens need to be especially resistant to high temperatures and multiple diseases that flourish in the heat of summer. 
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'Sweet 100' and 'Sungold' Cherry Tomatoes

Two great cherry tomatoes for the Southern garden are 'Sweet 100' and 'Sungold'. 'Sungold' is especially sweet and wonderful for snacking as you walk through your garden. Cherry tomatoes tend to grow on long branches with clusters of fruit. They are among the easiest of tomato types to grow in the home garden, or in a container on your patio.

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'Snow White'

Named after the fairy tale character, 'Snow White' cherry tomatoes mature to a pale yellow. The fruit is very sweet on heavy producing plants bred by Joe Bratka. Seed can to be purchased through Territorial Seed Company.

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'Defiant' Tomato

'Defiant' was a new tomato hybrid for 2011. Like its name, the slicer is truly defiant of several different tomato viruses. It is highly resistant to late blight and moderately resistant to early blight. It produces medium-sized fruits that are a deep red on determinate plants. 

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'San Marzano Tall'

'San Marzano Tall' is originally from Italy and makes taller vines that regular 'San Marzano'. This variety is a paste type of tomato, meaning it doesn't have as much juice or seeds. It is appropriate for canning and other types of preserving and for making spaghetti and salsa. It is a recommended variety for Texas. 

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