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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'JD's Special C-Tex'

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: JD's Special C-Tex
Additional cultivar information: (aka JD's Special C-Tex Early Black)

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

Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Fusarium Wilt (F)
Root Nematodes (N)

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive b54red On Jul 10, 2010, b54red from Dothan, AL wrote:

Great tasting tomato from a fairly large plant. My garden is plagued with fusarium and despite that it was one of the last to be affected even better than the fusarium resistant hybrids. It produced 26 tomatoes from 8 to 18 ounces. I was surprised at the size of some of them from the descriptions I had read saying it was a medium size tomato. Many were of medium size but many were also large. One drawback is the tomato will sun scald quicker than most. I will try it in the fall and see if it is a good fall tomato.

Positive SLO_Garden On Aug 1, 2009, SLO_Garden from San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:

Yum!! JD's Special C-Tex is large to extra large, with a fabulous sweet, earthy flavor typical of a black tomato. The plant had no problems with disease but produced on the late side for me (well worth the wait). I will definitely grow JD's again.

Positive Suze_ On Sep 29, 2007, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Informally rated the best tasting variety at the 2007 South East Texas Tomato Fest (SETTFest), out of ~90 varieties tasted.

Exact history is not known for certain, but it is thought to be a stabilized selection from a cross between Brandywine and an unknown black, based on information that was passed on when seeds were shared with a fellow tomato grower about three years ago.

Developed by a JD in Conroe, Texas. Transplants for this variety can sometimes be found in the spring at better nurseries in the South Texas area. At the time of this entry, seeds are not commercially available.


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

Dothan, Alabama
San Luis Obispo, California
Miami, Florida
Tishomingo, Mississippi
Elgin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
San Marcos, Texas

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