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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Snowball'

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: Snowball

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

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
Ferment seeds before storing

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:
Creamy white

Seed Type:

Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JeremiahT On May 11, 2012, JeremiahT from Brodhead, KY wrote:

Grew this old and unusual cultivar on a whim last year, after receiving a packet of seeds as a free gift. Like Farmerdill, I found it hardy and productive; my Snowballs were not noticeably bothered by the diseases that affected some of the other tomatoes grown in their vicinity, and they bore more fruit than any tomato I have yet planted. And like notthefunkind, I found the flavor pleasant---sweet and subtly fruity. The medium-sized fruits, in addition to being good eating, were attractive, with yellow-white skin and flesh, and an occasional touch of blush. They might do well at a farmers' market, and they'd certainly impress your friends---if you're keeping the right sort of friends.

The only downside, apart from the possibility that Snowball might not appeal to those who demand more assertiveness and tang in their tomatoes, is that white tomatoes have low concentrations of lycopene. If you're growing tomatoes mostly for the reputed health benefits of this compound, you'll want another, darker cultivar. Otherwise, if you've the space in your garden, you owe it to yourself to try Snowball at least once.

Positive notthefunkind On Sep 3, 2008, notthefunkind wrote:

i strongly disagree that this tomato is a novelty. i grew it just to say i had a white one in the mix and didn't expect much from it. when i tasted that first tomato i was SHOCKED. rich, fruity, sweet, one of the most delicious tomatoes i have eaten this season. i'm not generally a fan of low acid tomatoes but i will grow this one every year from now on. this plant was slower to produce than my others but has also shown a hardiness that some of the others lack. i couldn't recommend it highly enough.

Positive Farmerdill On Nov 26, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Grew this one in the late forties, again about four years ago. Grows and produces well but strictly a novelty.


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

Maricopa, Arizona
Augusta, Georgia
Brodhead, Kentucky
Halifax, Massachusetts
Omaha, Nebraska
Rumford, Rhode Island
Troy, Virginia

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