Each season new varieties appear in the seed catalogues and online, promising even better growth and tasting tomatoes, tempting us to give them a try. Here are just a few of the new tomato varieties 2020 season!
Three New Tomato Varieties 2020
Crimson Cocktail F1 – Balanced taste and resistant to early and late blight.
F1 Honeycomb – Similar to Sungold but with less splitting of skins.
Heinz 1370 – Large fruit, semi-bush, crack resistant and can be grown outside.
So what do we need from another tomato variety? – here are a few of the things to look for.
Early to mature
Tomatoes are generally categorized as early, mid-season and late-season varieties.
We often see terms like “90 days to maturity” which means that it’s about three months between planting out, or planting in the greenhouse, and picking ripe tomatoes. From seed to ripe tomatoes takes around four months or more.
Late season varieties won’t have time to mature in an average UK summer. These include tomatoes with long Italian names that are best grown in Italy!
Given the possibility of a wet spell in the middle of summer, disease resistance is very important in order to avoid blight and other fungal and root diseases.
In American seed catalogues, tomato varieties have been classified with disease resistance using some of the following:
Some varieties in the UK are bred to be resistant to blight. In the case of Crimson Cocktail F1, both early and late blight. Definitely a good one to grow outside in a UK summer!
There are generally two types of tomato taste:
- Balanced – a combination of sugar and acid, giving a traditional tomato taste such as Gardener’s Delight.
- Sweet – high in sugar content and low in acid. A good example of this is Sungold.
You may ask … what about the tomatoes that are high in acid and low in sugar content? They get discontinued – that combination tastes horrible!
See also: When to sow tomato seeds