Many gardeners have at some point suffered the disappointment of seeing their entire season’s tomato crop being devastated by blight. This fungal disease likes warm wet weather and causes plants to quickly rot and die. With the spores being carried on the wind tomato blight can spread for many miles and although some blight resistant tomatoes are already available none have been able to fight off all strains of the disease. Until now.
Simon Crawford, leading plant breeder, and James Stroud, PhD scientist at Bangor University, have been working since 2006 to create a blight immune variety of tomato. Simon first found blight resistant genes in a tomato plant when carrying out trials at his farm in Yorkshire. Working together Simon and James then combined blight resistant genes Ph2 and Ph3 into just one plant, thus creating the first truly immune variety, Crimson Crush.
As well as being able to shrug off even the worst attack of blight, Crimson Crush produces exceptionally fine tasting, large round tomatoes. Each weighing up to 200g.
Brand new and exclusive to Suttons, Crimson Crush is available as super plug plants with 3 plants costing £7.99. Ready for despatch in April 2015 these young plants will need growing on for a while but will then be perfectly suitable for outdoor growing.
Crimson Crush seed will be available for the 2016 growing season and will feature in the Suttons Seed catalogue due out in September 2015.
Alfie Jackson, Vegetable Product Manager at Suttons said, “Put simply, Crimson Crush is the world’s first commercially available blight-resistant tomato. The significance is huge – it means for the first time ever amateur growers don’t have to worry about their tomato crops being wiped out by blight.”
Simon Crawford added, “We think this tomato will change the face of home gardening. Blight is the biggest problem facing the home gardener and we’re confident our tomato will hold up to it. I’m most pleased that we have managed to create a blight resistant tomato that has great taste too.”
Suttons has the exclusive rights to Crimson Crush. For more details and to place an order please click here.