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Trial Varieties

With over 10,000 varieties of tomato world-wide it is important to know how to trial and identify these different varieties.

How do I do this?

With trials it is effective to start with a few plants of a selection of types that you would like to compare with current ranges. When trialing varieties, ask yourself these questions…

  • Are they different?
  • Is the taste unique?
  • Will this variety consistently produce annually?
  • Are the plants more susceptible to P&D issues?
  • Which customer will want to try it?

The answer to these questions decides whether the tomato will make it to a main variety, so they are extremely decisive in the status of a tomato. Deciding a tomatoes variety can take up to 5 years. So make sure that you stick to the questions!