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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Champion'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Champion

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (under one pound)
Large (over one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Early (55-68 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:
Unknown - Tell us

Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Fusarium Wilt (F)
Verticillium Wilt (V)
Root Nematodes (N)
Tobacco Mosaic (T)

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On Jun 15, 2014, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Purchased seedling at favorite nursery. Container grown, first harvest was approx. 3 lbs.

Neutral b54red On Dec 12, 2009, b54red from Dothan, AL wrote:

Mixed results so far with only one season to go by. The ones I planted early died so I tried it as a late season tomato and it made a good number of small and medium fruits. Taste was okay but they seemed a little too firm. Will try again next year.

Positive lssfishhunter On Jan 14, 2009, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This tomato is a winner. Taste is good (slightly acidic) and size is good as well. Produces lots of medium sized tomatoes throughout the hot/humid summers. Champion II is marketed as a step up from the original Champion with the same taste and production. I have not trialed Champion II yet but the original Champion is a winner.

Positive RickCef On Apr 22, 2008, RickCef from Lothian, MD wrote:

If you Can ever find a Champion at a Nursery definatly get one. These little guys are the TASTEST tomatos on Earth. They grow strong and have good yeilds, smaller than average tomatoes but a lot of them. Grow strong into November and will produce tomatoes till they actually freeze. Great all around tomato grow em from seed every year!

Positive EZGardener On Nov 25, 2007, EZGardener from Pittsburg, KS wrote:

I first bought "Champion" as a seedling from a small roadside nursery. Nobody seemed to know anything about it. Some kind of plant blight killed all my new plants before I even got them into the ground and the Champion was the only survivor. It recovered from the disease, gave me the first
tomatoes of the season and gave a great yield all summer. I decided I would always have a Champion in my garden and they have turned out to be a great addition-hardy, early bearers, very prolific with red medium-size fruit that is tasty and suitable for just about anything. Mine seem to keep going when all others are about played out-only a hard freeze stops them. Great all-round tomato, very forgiving.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Flagstaff, Arizona
Canoga Park, California
West Sacramento, California
Winter Garden, Florida
Pittsburg, Kansas
Lothian, Maryland
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jonesville, South Carolina
Minor Hill, Tennessee
Richmond, Texas
Grand Mound, Washington

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