Tomato 'Champion'

Lycopersicon lycopersicum

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: Champion
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


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

Growing Habit:


Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Medium (under one pound)

Large (over one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Early (55-68 days)

Fruit Colors:


Seed Type:

Unknown - Tell us


Fresh, salad

Fresh, slicing


Disease Resistance:

Fusarium Wilt (F)

Verticillium Wilt (V)

Root Nematodes (N)

Tobacco Mosaic (T)

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Flagstaff, Arizona

Canoga Park, California

West Sacramento, California

Winter Garden, Florida

Pittsburg, Kansas

Lothian, Maryland

Norman, Oklahoma

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jonesville, South Carolina

Minor Hill, Tennessee

Richmond, Texas

Grand Mound, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 15, 2016, Jefficus from Norman, OK wrote:

I planted four of these last year, and I wasn't thrilled with them. The plants performed well, but I had several issues with the fruits:

They were an awkward size. They were too large to use whole, like in a salad or something, but small enough that you could only really get one or two good slices from the middle, so they weren't great for slicing either, but I guess they were an alright size for just snacking on out of hand while I was tending the garden.

They cracked somethin' fierce. I live in Norman, Oklahoma and last May (May 2015) was the wettest May in recorded history in Oklahoma, so overall I had more issues with tomatoes cracking than usual, but of the four varieties I planted last year in the same garden plot, Champion cracked the worst. (If anybod... read more


On Jun 15, 2014, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Purchased seedling at favorite nursery. Container grown, first harvest was approx. 3 lbs.


On Dec 12, 2009, b54red from Dothan, AL wrote:

Mixed results so far with only one season to go by. The ones I planted early died so I tried it as a late season tomato and it made a good number of small and medium fruits. Taste was okay but they seemed a little too firm. Will try again next year.


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

This tomato is a winner. Taste is good (slightly acidic) and size is good as well. Produces lots of medium sized tomatoes throughout the hot/humid summers. Champion II is marketed as a step up from the original Champion with the same taste and production. I have not trialed Champion II yet but the original Champion is a winner.


On Apr 22, 2008, RickCef from Lothian, MD wrote:

If you Can ever find a Champion at a Nursery definatly get one. These little guys are the TASTEST tomatos on Earth. They grow strong and have good yeilds, smaller than average tomatoes but a lot of them. Grow strong into November and will produce tomatoes till they actually freeze. Great all around tomato grow em from seed every year!


On Nov 25, 2007, EZGardener from Pittsburg, KS wrote:

I first bought "Champion" as a seedling from a small roadside nursery. Nobody seemed to know anything about it. Some kind of plant blight killed all my new plants before I even got them into the ground and the Champion was the only survivor. It recovered from the disease, gave me the first
tomatoes of the season and gave a great yield all summer. I decided I would always have a Champion in my garden and they have turned out to be a great addition-hardy, early bearers, very prolific with red medium-size fruit that is tasty and suitable for just about anything. Mine seem to keep going when all others are about played out-only a hard freeze stops them. Great all-round tomato, very forgiving.