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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Illini Star'

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: Illini Star

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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
Ferment seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:
Created heirlooms

Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf


1 positive
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tomatolarry On Sep 28, 2013, tomatolarry from Dalton, GA wrote:

2013 is the first time I've tried these and I was pleasantly surprised at how well my two plants produced. Even though they only grow to about five feet tall, they produced large amounts of 4-6 oz. fruit. I saved seeds and will plant again.

Negative noman On May 1, 2008, noman from Bluffton, IN wrote:

Starting plants indoor this spring:

Have had a lot of trouble keeping thiese plants growing well. In soil grew to about 18" with about 6 levels of branching trying numerous things and the plant shows signs that resemble potassium deficiency. Tried one plant in hydro and got to be about the same level of branching at about 10" high, phenomenal growth and then pfft....leaves drooping over and growth stunting.

The plants continue to grow at a diminished rate; lower leaves drop off over time and older growth "wilts" while new growth seems to be okay. Have not figured out the key to this.

Neutral Farmerdill On Sep 2, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

75 days Indeterminate Early producer of bright-red, globe-shaped, 6 - 8 oz. fruits with firm flesh and a flavor equal to, or better than, later-fruiting varieties. Heavy production on plants that need very little staking. This variety was selected by growers Merlyn and Mary Ann Neidens, from a cross of Italian Heirloom tomato. It is definitely slated to become a new heirloom.


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

Omaha, Nebraska

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