Blight free tomatoes

Auntie EAuntie E Posts: 22
I grew three Crimson Crush tomato plants last year, and while they were definitely blight free, I wasn't too keen on the taste, plus they took ages to ripen and developed blossom end rot.  What other blight free tomatoes have members grown and can recommend.  I garden in Devon where we have a mild climate.

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  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 1,047
    It might not have been the toms fault as this year the weather spoilt alot of growing toms. My Black Russians were large slow and no flavour so won't be growing them again. The gardeners delight survived the heat well and the black cherry went wild and I was still picking in October very good flavour too.
  • SuesynSuesyn Posts: 130
    I tried a variety called Fandango, which were said to be blight resistant . They were but also developed blossom end rot,  which I put down to the weather.  They were enormous tomatoes, I had one which weighed over 300g so they were mostly sliced for sandwiches or chopped and frozen for cooking in winter. We haven't bought tinned tomatoes for several years and we use a lot. The flavour wasn't great but together with the butternut sqash the soup is fine.
  • Auntie EAuntie E Posts: 22
    Thank you for your information, I guess the weather had a lot to do with the taste of the tomatoes and the blossom end rot.  I think I will try some Fandango and the Black Cherry sounds good too.  I have been reading about Mountain Magic which is supposed to be blight proof, and wondered if anyone had grown them.  I only have room for a few tomato plants and want to get it right.  Thanks again.
  • BobFlannigonBobFlannigon Posts: 539
    I was about to recommend Mountain Magic before I saw that you'd asked!  I absolutely love these, in fact I primarily grow this variety now as they taste so good (very sweet, juicy, firm skin), easily the best tasting tomatoes I've ever tried.
    I've been seeding them for about 4 years based on their taste rather than because of any resistance they might show, largely because blight resistance is quite hard to quantify (but also because it's less important to me).  This summer was especially dry, I didn't have blight on any of my tomatoes.   

    I don't tend to remove leaves from tomato plants as they ripen (life is too short) and I don't recall losing any to early-onset blight.  If it's wet enough, they will succumb eventually (there's no truly resistant variety, that I'm aware of anyway).  Just give them lots of space (air) and keep them off the (damp) ground.
  • Auntie EAuntie E Posts: 22
    Thanks Bob, very helpful, so have made up my mind now, it's Mountain Magic, Crimson Crush,  again, Sungold (always grow them, delicious) Black Cherry, Black Russian ( not very prolific for me, but the taste is so good) and Fandango, just hope I have room, will put some in the greenhouse and the supposedly blight proof plants outside.  Will be interesting to see, if we have a wet summer, which plants succumb to blight.  Roll on spring.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 1,047
    Am finding it hard to find seed of Mountain Magic and Black Cherry, anyone know who's stocking them this year
  • Auntie EAuntie E Posts: 22
    Have just ordered Mountain Magic and Black Cherry from Premier Seeds on Ebay, hope that's helpful.
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