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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'First Lady'

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: First Lady

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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:
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:
Early (55-68 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:
American hybrid

Fresh, slicing

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

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive esmerelda51 On Jul 22, 2012, esmerelda51 from Gold Hill, OR wrote:

Have grown this variety for years and can't say enough good things about its disease resistance, high yield, perfect medium size, and the wonderful tart/acidic taste.

Couldn't get it through my usual source (Reimer) this year so would appreciate knowing where people are buying their seed. Tried their First Lady II seeds this year but the fruit doesn't have the heart shape of plain old First Lady and the size is more like beef-steak size.

Positive lindypuddin On Mar 5, 2012, lindypuddin from stony mountain, MB (Zone 3a) wrote:

started late march planting out late may 2011. one plant in
full sun and one in a raised planter on the west side of the house. this has been our #1 hybrid for the last 5 years, never disappointing with yield or taste. zone 3

large bushy healthy looking plant
heavy yields of slightly heart-shaped tomatos
required lots of water fertilized twice.
one of the earliest to ripen
thin skinned and very juicy wonderful acidic tomato taste

Positive fiberholic On Sep 30, 2008, fiberholic from Saint David, AZ (Zone 8a) wrote:

I love this tomato. It has survived a late frost, gophers chewing on it, several attacks from the tomato hornworms and just keeps on going. I've picked 98 3-4 oz fruits from it so far and it is still loaded. I'm sure it will keep going until frost. I will definitely plant again. Tomatoes taste is good - just a bit on the tart side which we like.

Neutral Farmerdill On Mar 24, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 1990 4-5 ounce round red from Seminis (Petoseed). Compare to Early Girl.

Positive cartman437 On Aug 19, 2002, cartman437 wrote:

I formerly grew Early Girl but it has been my experience that First Lady is much better. Yield was better and polination seemed to be outstanding during early spring.I put my plants out very early into a plastic covered cage with a heat source inside a thermostatically controlled envirement and I have had fantastic luck with this method.


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

Saint David, Arizona
Manteca, California
Denver, Colorado
Gold Hill, Oregon
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Fort Worth, Texas

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