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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Thessaloniki'

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: Thessaloniki

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16 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
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)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Alternaria Stem Canker (ASC)

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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5 positives
2 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive leemiller38 On Mar 31, 2014, leemiller38 from Stockton, CA wrote:

This is a very productive and tasty tomato. I grow lots of heirlooms, but not every one every year. However I do grow Thessaloniki every year because I know I will have lots of good tomatoes from this one. I think it is pretty outstanding in the red tomato category. I don't remember it cracking like some heirlooms do.

Neutral Hildebrd On Jul 29, 2013, Hildebrd from North Sioux City, SD wrote:

Expected baseball size orbs, but got elongated paste shaped (although that is what Sand Hill Preservation did describe - should have paid more attention). Just getting red at 8 weeks or so. Short plant.
It may well be fine, but not what i expected. Are there two strains of thessaloniki, a baseball and a paste?

Positive ODOD On May 9, 2011, ODOD from Woodland Hills, CA wrote:

I grew four plants last year (2010) and they were the winner of all the varieties I grew for hardiness and taste.

Other varieties grown were Lemon Boy, Brandywine, Amish Paste, Rutgers, Early Girl, Better Boy, Pineapple, San Marzano, Sweet Millions, Yellow Pear, and a couple of others...

Everyone who tried them said they had the best flavor they'd ever had in a tomato.

I grow all organically and I think that helps. There were no pest problems at all. Generally clusters of 4 to 5 fruit about 6-8 oz each... Cooked up into delicious sauce, great for eating out of hand straight, no salt... at least that's what I heard. I don't like tomatoes raw!

Negative csgarden On Aug 5, 2009, csgarden from Roanoke, VA wrote:

I was disappointed in this variety. It barely bloomed, has no fruit, and the plants didn't grow. At the same time, eight other varieties were heavily producing and looking great. I won't grow this variety again.

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

I was looking forward to this variety and I was let down. It did not do well in my hot/humid climate. The taste was ordinary and the size of the tomatoes was not impressive. Production was decent but overall, I am dissatisfied.

Positive sanpedro On Nov 12, 2008, sanpedro from Espanola, NM (Zone 6b) wrote:

2008 - vigorous production of smooth, deep-red tomatoes with a complex, earthy flavor

Positive bmuller On Apr 1, 2007, bmuller from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

We grew this tomato last year for the first time. It did so well that we're starting it from seed again this year. The plant is hardy and the tomatoes prolific, tasty, and juicy.
'Thessaloniki' also has a tendency to "take over the universe" in a small back yard, but that's okay during tomato season!

Positive tomstrees On Mar 31, 2007, tomstrees from Keyport, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

Productive, heat tolerant, disease tolereant, & great taste.
A real winner for home or market gardeners.

Neutral Big_Red On Dec 17, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

"Very early, perfect, uniform, medium red globes, non cracking with no blemishes. Extrodinary delicious tomato flavor. Add very, very good production."


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

Pelham, Alabama
Oceanside, California
Richmond, California
Lakeland, Florida
Hill City, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Portland, Maine
Ellicott City, Maryland
Livonia, Michigan
Omaha, Nebraska
Keyport, New Jersey
Espanola, New Mexico
Harrison, Ohio
North Sioux City, South Dakota

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