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    I keep reading that Wild tomatoes have some resistance to early blight.

    Matt's Wild Tomato is most commonly mentioned. Scarlet, I think, has grown Chiapis Wild Toms, and I have a few seeds of these. Also some from HSL - just called Wild Tomato Lycopersican Pimpinelifolium.

    Wild (Lycopersicon pimpinellifolium)
    New for 2011. This currant variety has changed little from the tomatoes first found growing wild, from which all tomato varieties originate. Prolifically produces long trusses of tiny (3-4g) fruit with a rich flavour described as sweet, but sharp. It will need staking because of its sprawling habit. Thought to be resistant to blight.


    My question is - who has grown Wild tomatoes outdoors and were they blight tolerant, please?
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    I only grow undercover!!
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    Can you remember what Chiapis were like?
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    Last year I didn't see blight on anything. I also had self seeded toms springing up outdoors but they were all a bit too late to crop properly.
    I'm thinking that small fruited toms, planted outdoors early, might beat the blight anyway. I've also got seeds of Real Seeds "Millefleur" which has a wild tomato in its parentage.
    Might have a little experiment with these outdoors this year.
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    D0bies are selling some wild toms too https://www.dobies.co.uk/Garden/Vege...ant_439081.htm
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    An old thread about Currant Tomatoes which seem to be Pimpinellifolium (sp).
    https://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gr...oes_45598.html

    I have some Petit Moineau (Little Sparrow) red currant toms from the VSP/Nicos but I'm not sure that they are "Pimp"s. They may be part of my experiment though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    I'm thinking that small fruited toms, planted outdoors early, might beat the blight anyway.
    I always used to grow Red Alert (before I got the greenhouses) and it reliably fruited before blight struck. Not a bad cropper either, considering it's doesn't grow very tall I've still got some seeds I think, perhaps I should try some again....
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    The Chiapas fruit were tiny! The kids liked them but it was as like picking currants! Great for snacking outside. The plants were a bit wild and unruly/sprawling for inside the greenhouse really.
    It was too dry for blight last year, so they would have done brilliantly.

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