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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Creole'

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: Creole

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.

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:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
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, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Fusarium Wilt (F)

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf


3 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral KCorley On Jun 15, 2012, KCorley from Houston, TX wrote:

Neutral with only one more chance to impress ... or it goes to negative. In my garden, plants produced medium to large orange-red fruits. Fruits were quite meaty, with less gel than normal, and they did not exhibit any real distinguishing flavor, quite bland. Will give one more chance in-ground instead of potted next spring.

Positive tangwystl On May 22, 2012, tangwystl from Limestone Creek, FL wrote:

I have had a great deal of luck with this tomato. The fruits have been very large-a solid 4" across. They have had a very good tomato flavor with a good level of acidity. I have picked some of them a few days early to ripen inside. These have tasted excellent as well. They are a firm and meaty tomato with a nice amount of juice. I grow them in a combination of peat moss, very rich compost and potting soil. We have had some hard rains here, followed by some very hot days. This did not seem to deter this tomato plant from producing a nice crop of tomatoes. I used many of the creoles -in combination with campbell's-for sauce that was out of this world. These plants do need staking. They get very loaded down with heavy tomatoes and will tip over. They have a thick stem and can be very sprawling.

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

Creole is the worst tasting tomato I have ever grown. Yes, the plant does well in hot/humid climates but the texture is mushy and the taste is not even close to a 'real tomato.' I heard that this variety only produces its 'distinguished taste' in the soils in Louisiana. This must be true.

Positive LAGardner On Aug 2, 2007, LAGardner from Alexandria, LA wrote:

An oldie but goodie for this area. Produces many small to medium sized fruits; nice acidity, juicy & flavorful. Keeps bearing after the rest have dried up in the late summer heat & shows good disease resistance, very reliable.

Neutral Farmerdill On Apr 1, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 1970 introduction from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Designed to set fruit under hot humid conditions.

Neutral MaryvilleRick On Jun 10, 2003, MaryvilleRick from Maryville, MO wrote:

I am not sure the spacing is correct. I think it should be 24-36" apart. Maturity is 78 days.

Positive habanero On Jan 20, 2003, habanero wrote:

Excellent local variety for southern Louisiana, usually a home garden type but has shown up at farmers market around Baton Rouge La. and surrounding areas. Sometimes irregular shaped but very tasty.


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

Thomasville, Alabama
Jupiter, Florida
Louisville, Kentucky
Deridder, Louisiana
Jeanerette, Louisiana
Vacherie, Louisiana
Saucier, Mississippi
Omaha, Nebraska
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Pasadena, Texas

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