Tomato 'Porter'

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: Porter
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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

Ferment seeds before storing

Growing Habit:


Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:


Seed Type:



Fresh, salad


Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Bokeelia, Florida

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Tularosa, New Mexico

Elba, New York

Elgin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Glen Rose, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 2, 2010, Sherilou from Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This tomato plant is a prolific producer even in the most intense summer heat! The fruit is beautiful and crack resistant making it very suitable for market. The flavor is rich and tomatoey, but it's not a sweet tomato.


On Sep 21, 2010, dancingbear27 from Elba, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This was my first year growing this variety. I picked it because it was pink. Glad I did because when all my other tomatoes were dying with early blight this year, Porter was still going strong. Definitely gets a positive for that aspect. I was not impressed by the size though. The average is large golf ball size, wish they were a little bigger. Flavor was better than a hybrid but not as good as some of my favorite heirlooms. Definitely pumped out a ton of tomatoes per plant!


On Jun 27, 2010, SigourneyBeaver from Pine Island, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I'm in about the deepest, hottest, wettest South there is in the U.S., and this nice little tomato cranks 'em out year-round. It's fairly bullet proof. Not the most flavorful, but reliable, heat, rain(and neglect) tolerant and real productive. I'm going on toward 5 years of growing plants from cuttings (never planted a seed of it). Often the tomatoes are almost perfectly square, which is entertaining. Expect upwards of 400 large cherry or smallish plum tomatoes from one plant. great for drying.
Bug seem to ignore it, birds seem to love it.


On Mar 7, 2009, dlbailey from Central Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a must have for those in hot, dry climates that want to grow an open-pollinated tomato. I had four plants loaded with tomatoes from June through October. It set even when temperatures hovered around 100 degrees. These egg shaped tomatoes do not have the complex taste of most heirlooms, but it is far superior to any hybrid.

Oh, did I mention that these plants sprouted from a few seeds accidentally dropped in the garden in mid-March. Despite their poor start they were still vigorous and heavy producers.


On Oct 1, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A small pink plum which tolerates the heat of the deep south.