Disease Resistant Tomato Seeds and Varieties

Starting with quality disease resistant tomato seeds can make all the difference in your garden. Common diseases like bacterial cankers, radial cracking, verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt and root knot can often be avoided by selecting plant varieties that are resistant.

Whether you are growing for canning, eating, salsa, etc. (the possibilities are endless!), there are now resistant seed varieties available to provide you with extra prevention against diseases common in your area.

Popular Disease Resistant Tomato Plants

  • Big Beef Tomato Seeds are best known for their large size, being heavy producers and sweet juicy flavor. These are great straight off the vine and sliced up for burgers or salads. They have been referred to as having “old time” flavor, delicious and classic. The diseases they are resistant to include verticillium wilt, nematodes, fusarium wilt and tobacco mosaic.

  • Celebrity Tomato Seeds are known for producing firm, 8 ounce crack-free tomatoes packing a great flavor. They perform well in almost every region and under adverse conditions. Perfect for canning or making salsa. They are resistant to fusarium wilt, verticillium wilt, root nematodes, and tobacco mosaic.

  • Sweet Chelsea Tomato Seeds produce the sweetest of all cherry tomatoes and grow in abundance all season long. The small 1 ounce fruits are popular in home gardens as well as for market growers. They are great for snacking right off the vine! These are resistant to fusarium wilt, tobacco mosaic, root knot, and verticillium wilt.

  • Park's Whopper Tomato Seeds are an American classic. At a whopping 4 plus inches across, they are known for their longer producing season and high yields of large, juicy, crack resistant tomatoes. Resistant to verticillium wilt, root knot nematodes, tobacco mosaic virus, and 2 strains of fusarium wilt.

  • Miracle Sweet Tomato Seeds are known for producing the sweetest tomatoes. They are a medium size fruit and often the tomatoes of choice for sandwiches and salads. The diseases they are resistant to are root nematodes, verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt, and tobacco mosaic.

A thriving garden is the ultimate goal for every gardener. Give your garden the best start by choosing disease resistant seeds for happy, prosperous tomato plants.

Comments from Other Gardeners
  • Nick says:

    I look for tomatoes that have VFN on the tag. These tomatoes are resistant to Verticillium Wilt, Fusarium Wilt (both of these will take out your whole crop!) and Nematodes. There are many varieties in all parts of the country that are disease resistant.

  • Julie says:

    Bella Rosa is another great disease resistant tomato variety. The fruit is large and round on a medium to tall vine. It is a determinant type. Better Boy is an indeterminate hybrid that matures in 75 days and is a fabulous slicing tomato. Both are VFN disease resistant.

  • healthnut says:

    Where do you all get your seeds? I’m looking for a reliable online seller but hate to waste my money on some of the crackpot sites that I know are out there. I’m interested in cherry tomatoes, slicing tomatoes and fruit for salsa. Thanks in advance for your patience for a noob!

  • Jenny says:

    Baker Heirloom Seeds is my #1 favorite. check them out. They have so many unusual varieties to try and you can expect great germination. I have also bought from Sustainable seed company and from Parks Seeds. Make sure you store unused seeds in an enclosed container in the refrigerator so they stay fresh.

  • Julie says:

    Try Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. These people have an exquisite collection of seeds for every kind of tomato imaginable. They also have many other unusual vegetables and flowers.

  • Jacob says:

    I love Baker Creek, Johnny’s Selected Seed, and of course, Seed Savers Echange! I’m a member of SSE and grow out crop trials for them. I highly recommend becoming a member of SSE to get the swap catalog…about 400 pages of just tomato varieties! They have it all.

  • Brian says:

    I’m looking for the tomato variety Mondeo. It used to be available from a nursery which has now closed. Anyone help me?

  • cookie123 says:

    I grow Shirley tomato in the greenhouse by using ring culture way but outside we grow cherry toms in hanging baskets last year we had a lot of blight so this year we bought blight resistant cherry tomatoes seeds.

  • John McDowell says:

    My experience with many types of tomatoes leads me to believe that an active spraying program is required if you wish to extend the tomato season and save your plants. I start a week after planting. I use a combination of Serenade, liquid copper, and sulfur(either liquid or powder. I spray every 7-10 days and immediately after a rain. I have been successful in warding off both early and later blight. I water only from the base of the plant and use black plastic to warm the soil and preserve moisture. Good Luck. I will eat my last tomato today(11/16).

  • Anne Layzer says:

    Though Verticillium Wilt is described as a soil-borne disease, I am convinced that it gets air-borne as well. I have used many different parts of my garden, planted seedlings in pots treated with bleach, used only purchased soil and VW-resistent varieties, and still they get sick, The best result is when only half of the plant gets infected. Cherry tomatoes seem more resistant. I even tried grafted tomatoes ($12.95 each!) and even they got sick. I haven’t figured out yet which sin(s) I’m being punished for.

  • mourice odera [jauriri] says:

    I have been planting assila f1,but not getting good result from it.now need to know which tomatoe verietie is suitable to my area uriri migori county.coz I have been notise WILT,BLOSOM-ENDROT,TOMATOE MOSAIC Help me please

  • Dan G says:

    I bought some early girl toms and celebrity toms this year (specifically because they were resistant to VFN) and started them in my greenhouse. They looked great and were about 24″ when they went into the garden. They have been in since April. Early Girl varieties all produced fruit withing 3-4 weeks but then gradually started to exhibit fusarium and started to die off. The celebrity are all still doing good and producing nice fruit as of 8-5-2016. I think the early girl will be lucky to last to September. Not as resistant as the label said, eh?

  • Roma says:

    After five growing seasons of fighting Verticillium Wilt on over one hundred tomato plants per year, I’m convinced that over watering is the culprit. At least, that’s what I’ve now decided. Like Anne, I’ve done everything known to man “and still they get sick”.
    I do confess, I’m a heavy waterer to the point of using Ollas, in my case….milk jugs buried halfway into the soil. Being in the Deep South, the humidity is high, so there should be plenty of moisture, even in the hottest months.
    So, that is my mission this upcoming season. To back off the watering every day and limit it to twice or thrice per week. We shall see if it works. Wish me luck!

  • otelu john says:

    iwould now be very rich person but what brings down always is WILT i deal wih horticultural crops but i always suffer with the same proble.

  • Juju521 says:

    Is there any thing you can do to save your plants once they start wilting / or getting black spots/ fungus and loosing lots of leaves and branches? Have plenty of tomatoes set, but losing most of the leaves…

  • Joan Thilges says:

    This area is prone to Yellow Shoulders on tomatoes. What are the best varieties to use once we have amended the soil? We are new to this area which is full of limestone and I’m guessing that causes soil PH issues.

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