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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Santa'

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: Santa

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 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:
Small (grape/cherry varieties)

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)
Tobacco Mosaic (T)

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive gray_53 On Jun 21, 2008, gray_53 from Mcdonough, GA wrote:

Boy, do these babies grow! This is the highest tomato yield I've ever had. The flavor is great so far. This summer has reached the 90s, yet they are thriving with minimal irrigation. As with most tomatoes, I recommend a circular trellis for each plant to grow on.

Neutral Suze_ On Mar 10, 2007, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

While this is a hybrid variety, will come true from saved (F2) seed about 99% of the time.

Very sweet, but missing other nuances of flavor, at least to my tastebuds.

Neutral tropicalaria On Sep 7, 2006, tropicalaria from Tri-Cities, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very solid walls and so-so flavor. It keeps very well on or off the vine. My kids love it.

Positive Farmerdill On Jan 27, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Santa is a 1980 introduction from the University of Idaho. originally bred for cool summer conditions (one of the parents is sub-arctic)it has emerged as the rage in recent years as a winter tomato.It is the one that started the grape tomato craze. It is about the size and shape of the Thompson's Seedless grape. Surpringly it grows here. Flavor contrasts are not the same as the winter offerings but cherry tomato lovers seem to like it.


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

Fort Collins, Colorado
Inverness, Florida
Miami, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Mcdonough, Georgia
Webster, Massachusetts
Elgin, Texas
Richland, Washington

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