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Tasty blight resistant tomato better than Tigerella

I’m thinking about tomatoes for next year, and the old taste vs blight thing comes round again. We always get blight, even under cover, even with growing in pots with fresh soil every year. But I find that blight-resistant varieties are uniformly tasteless. So I always go back to Tigerella because it’s early and gets a head start on the blight. It resists for a while, and is tasty, so I get a decent crop before they succumb. Just wondering if anyone has found another variety that is tasty and has good resistance. 


  • Crimson Crush is good (Suttons seeds).  Bred to be blight resistant.  Good sized fruit and taste.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 65,394
    Another vote here for Crimson Crush ... a well flavoured salad tomato and even tastier grilled or roasted. 
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,358
    That's a pity @Emerion. I grew them last year only because the girls bought me a little box of mixed veg seeds. I can't really grow outdoors here, so mine were in the small  greenhouse. I quite enjoyed them, and they grew very well, but I'm not sure I would grow them again.
    Could they have been a bit tightly packed, causing the problem to be more fast spreading ? 
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  • EmerionEmerion Posts: 201
    Interesting. I tried crimson crush and thought it was tasteless. However, I do grow in a poly tunnel, and I recall Bob Flowerdew saying that outside toms are far tastier. Have you grown crimson crush inside or outside? It’s a bit exposed here for outside toms. I have toyed with the idea of using spare polytunnel sheeting to create a sheltered square for them.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 65,394
    I grow all my tomatoes outside either in big pots or planted into the veg patch. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • I grow Losetto, a heavy cropping bush tomato that is blight resistant.  It's an F1 hybrid, so you don't get many seeds in the packet, but a few seeds will give you a huge crop. The other one I grow is Sungold also an F1), a cordon tomato with fantastic flavour - it is not promoted as being blight resistant, but I have very few blight problems with it, compared with some other varieties I have tried.
  • EmerionEmerion Posts: 201
    Thank you, I’ll give Losetto a go then. I found Sungold succumbed earlier than my Tigerellas, so I think you’re in a less blighty area. 
  • Best Tomatoes I've ever tasted are Mountain Magic.  They offer a good level of blight resistance.  I only grow these now!
  • GrannybeeGrannybee Sunny South EnglandPosts: 244
    Agree with Crimson Crush. I grew them for the first time outdoors and they were great. Weather conditions were awful for tomatoes - dry, drought, rain, deluge! They survived and were very tasty. I will definitely grow them again next year and have more plants.
  • EmerionEmerion Posts: 201
    I think the difference in taste with Crimson Crush might be indoor/outdoor planting. People have told me that outside is always tastier, but we live in an exposed area. We have windbreak trees and shrubs etc, but not really good enough for tomatoes - I have tried them and they look miserable and produce sorry-looking unripe toms.  I might have to try plastic barriers. I saw a garden in Scotland on the Beechgrove garden that was using spare poly tunnel plastic as a 4 foot high surround for sweetcorn, and that worked for me with sweetcorn. Haven’t got any more though, but have got a few months to think of something. I might lash out on a few varieties and try just a few of each. It’s not really fair to compare different varieties grown in different years. 
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