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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Bellstar'

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: Bellstar
Additional cultivar information: (aka Bellestar)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
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:
Early (55-68 days)
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:


Disease Resistance:
Verticillium Wilt (V)

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf


1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cwalsh2 On Aug 11, 2014, cwalsh2 from Hermosa, SD wrote:

I have never liked the flavor of any tomato, till I tried these. They do not taste like any other tomato I have ever tried, and are wonderful, in salads, with cucumbers, sliced on a burger, Etc. They will be a permanent part of my garden. Plants are loaded with nice sized tomatoes, the bush is a compact size, but has heavy vines to suport the abundance of beautiful tomatoes. If you want a nice smooth tomato with up to baseball size fruit, and tasty dark red flesh, without a lot of water, this one is for you.

Neutral Suze_ On Aug 30, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

A productive paste tomato that has fruit almost twice the size of regular plum types. 4 to 5 ounce tomatoes on compact plants that become nearly covered in fruit. Tomatoes are resistant to cracking and excellent for paste, canning, or juice. Determinate.

Neutral Farmerdill On Apr 13, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 1981 processing tomato from Agriculture Canada, Smithfield Expt. Farm, Trenton. A 4 ounce round paste tomato.


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

Hermosa, South Dakota

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