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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Atkinson'

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: Atkinson

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.

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:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing

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

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf


3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tomatolarry On Sep 1, 2012, tomatolarry from Dalton, GA wrote:

2012 is my first try with Atkinson and I have been very pleased with the two plants I have. So far, as of Sept. 1st, they have produced a total of 290 tomatoes and are still going strong. I have saved seeds and will replant next year. They are not spectacular in taste or size, but are able producers. Good canners and slicers.

Positive habaneros On Aug 12, 2011, habaneros from Manitou, KY wrote:

Since I grow about 30 different varieties, this is not our favorite. We like because it is usually the first producer of fruit. And is good for canning. It is usually the first to stop producing fruit, also.

Positive luciee On Feb 24, 2011, luciee from Hanceville, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have been given to understand that this variety was created at Auburn Al. for the south. It holds up well here. I have grown this one since back in the 70's. We usually grow more than one kind, but I always come back to this one. It is sweet and low acid. I think it was created for high humidity regions.

Neutral Farmerdill On Apr 15, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 1966 round red from Auburn University. Fruits average 12 ounces. Originally a green wrap shipper now a home garden cultivar.


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

Gurley, Alabama
Hanceville, Alabama
Woodland, Alabama
Menifee, California
Dalton, Georgia
Manitou, Kentucky
Bay City, Michigan
Raymond, Mississippi
Soddy Daisy, Tennessee

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