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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Viva Italia'

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: Viva Italia

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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:
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, salad

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

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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8 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative ocean_314 On Sep 7, 2014, ocean_314 from Ukiah, CA wrote:

The only tomato that did not produce well. Roma is a much better paste tomato. I got a few lbs off of each plant. very poor production compared to what i am used to with Romas.

Negative LooneyLinda On Sep 28, 2013, LooneyLinda from Mantua, UT (Zone 4b) wrote:

Like many paste tomatoes it is nearly flavorless. Fair production. Will not grow again.

Positive JohnWendy On Mar 19, 2013, JohnWendy from Chapin, SC wrote:

This is another fine variety of tomato. Good salad tomato, for pesto, and for canning. Good producer and good flavor. As with all tomatoes, this one does not like over watering. Flavor is always better when grown without chemical fertilizers.

Neutral jdjester52 On Oct 28, 2010, jdjester52 from Tomball, TX wrote:

I was very excited to try this plant when I found out about the variety, as I had heard it makes a great sauce. I tried it potted and had serious issue with bloosom end rot and began applying calcium chloride which had helped and the uneffected tomatos were very flavorful. I am currently trying them in the ground for my fall tomatos(along with Big Biy, Beefsteak, and Cherokee Purple) some have stared to ripen, however I have had an issue again with "B.E.R." and it is driving me nuts. None of the other plants seem effected just the Viva Italia, don't know if I will attempt them again.

Positive jenhillphoto On Feb 14, 2009, jenhillphoto from Danbury, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

I love this tomato for sauce, canning, and cooking. Short plants bear perfect fruits heavily. I have not had any problems with disease or blossom end rot with this tomato. Few blemishes, no cracks. It produced well in a great tomato year (good weather) and also in a terribly rainy summer. Firm and heavy in the hand, they are meaty. You get a lot of poundage per plant unlike some paste tomatoes that tend to be hollow. The taste is great too. I can taste a huge difference in sauce made with these as opposed to roma or la roma tomatoes. Grew them the last 2 years and will be growing them again this summer.

Positive toughgardengeek On Dec 10, 2008, toughgardengeek from Bethpage, NY wrote:

When you grow this one, better set aside some time to make sause. Huge numbers of fruit tend to ripen all at once. First bunch tends to be the biggest crop, subsequent ones more manageable. Very good flavour and juicy enough to be used for any purpose. The fruit does hold well on the plant with no cracking. I grow this every year.

Positive fwfarm On Sep 27, 2005, fwfarm from Lebanon, OR (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is my workhorse paste; flavor is better than other hybrid pastes I've tried. It does get a fair bit of blossom end rot (early season watering problems), but otherwise is great.

Positive duraki On Jun 16, 2005, duraki from Bryan, TX wrote:

BIG winner. It is still setting fruit in the TX heat, very productive and tastier than Roma.

It does seem to be getting bothered by leaf problems...fungal stuff, worse than some others.

Positive jerseymike On Mar 23, 2005, jerseymike from Parsippany, NJ wrote:

I grew this variety and Roma tomatoes last year and this one was much better for making sauces (the fruits had a fuller shape than the regular Romas). I plan on growing them again this year.

Positive Weedwhacker On Oct 8, 2003, Weedwhacker from Bark River (UP), MI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Ditto to everything madman said and then some! I love this variety; very meaty, very productive, great flavor for eating fresh as well as for canning.

Positive madman On Jun 6, 2002, madman wrote:

'Viva Italia' is an excellent Roma-type paste tomato that bears heavily. I have had good success with it for the past two years. It has good disease resistance, and good fruit set. I highly recommend it as a canning/freezing/sauce tomato.


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

Oceanside, California
Ukiah, California
Danbury, Connecticut
Loganville, Georgia
Bark River, Michigan
Bordentown, New Jersey
Parsippany, New Jersey
Charlotte, North Carolina
Chapin, South Carolina
Bryan, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Tomball, Texas
Mantua, Utah

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