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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Park's Whopper Cr Improved'

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: Park's Whopper Cr Improved
Additional cultivar information: (aka Park's Whopper™)

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:
American hybrid

Fresh, slicing

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

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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8 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive nmbirder On Sep 1, 2012, nmbirder from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

I have grown this variety for many years, both in the ground (1970's with an earlier version of the hybrid) and, in the past 15 years, in containers. It is reliable, has a good balance of juice to pulp, is a good slicing tomato and seems resistant to the dreaded blossom end rot. Best of all is that it tastes good. It can take the heat of a New Mexico summer, but likes partial shade and regular watering.

I grow my tomatos in recycled 15 gallon nursery buckets with a combination of manufactured soil, compost and a supplement of gypsum & epsom salts as well as fertilizer. Water is provied through a times drip system. I don't even try to grow vegatables in our local, native soil, which is decomposed granite with alkaline caliche.

Back to the subject, this is a first-rate tomato. Heirloom tomatoes may taste good, but they are so prone to diseases it's hardly worth it. I also like that Whoppers are easy to start from seed; the germination rate is good, even with seeds a few years old. Sometimes I can buy the plants locally as seedlings-good if I need to fill in a gap in the garden after the initial set-out.

Positive bstnh1 On Feb 18, 2012, bstnh1 from Farmington, NH wrote:

Have planted Whopper for years and it has always grown well, produced heavily, and always, always tastes great.

Positive tomatolarry On Feb 11, 2012, tomatolarry from Dalton, GA wrote:

I tried this variety for the first time last year and was amazed at the production. I picked 324 tomatoes from two plants!
I normally don't plant many hybrids, but I was glad that I tried this one. 5 stars on production.

Positive Wargamer777 On Apr 6, 2010, Wargamer777 from Simpsonville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is one of my favorite hybrid tomato plants. It produces a lot of tomatoes during the season and they are very tasty and sweet.

I grow it every year.

Positive DAKOTA31400 On Mar 4, 2010, DAKOTA31400 from Petersburg, ND (Zone 3a) wrote:

Best performance in partial shade. Very sensitive to climate. Even moisture and calcium a must. Win Some, Lose some. Container friendly. Must prune to 2 or 3 vines.

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

This is a good tomato and it is one of my winners. Tomatoes are good-sized and they have an acidic taste, which I prefer. It does well in hot/humid climates.

Positive cowtrailrd On Jul 6, 2008, cowtrailrd from Shawnee, OK wrote:

just started picking looks like it will produce many good size tomatoes. Good size and taste.

Positive Big_Red On Jun 1, 2007, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Quote from Park's Seed:

"65 days from setting out transplants. Indeterminate. The original Whopper™ was an American classic, and its successor is simply the home gardener's dream tomato: greater disease resistance, higher yields, a longer season, and better taste! These big, juicy, crack-resistant tomatoes, 4 inches or more across, ripen uniformly (even when the weather is overcast!) and finish 5 days sooner than the old Whopper™. Then they keep right on coming in huge quantities until frost--none of your smaller, greener end-of-season fruits here! And because they're meatier, you get even more succulent tomato flavor in every slice! Resistant to Verticillium Wilt, Root Knot Nematodes, Tobacco Mosaic Virus, and 2 strains of Fusarium Wilt."

Withholding my judgment on this one until I try the ripe fruit. I'm certainly impressed with the vigorous growth and good fruit set that I've seen so far.

Added June 9, 2007: Excellent flavor, just a little sweet and a just right acid taste. Goes on my list for next year.

And of course, available from Park's Seed.


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

Anderson, California
Denver, Colorado
Ocala, Florida
Dalton, Georgia
Bethelridge, Kentucky
Marks, Mississippi
Marshall, Missouri
Stockett, Montana
Farmington, New Hampshire
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Mooresboro, North Carolina
Morehead City, North Carolina
Shawnee, Oklahoma
Jonesville, South Carolina
Simpsonville, South Carolina

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