Tomato 'JD's Special C-Tex'

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: JD's Special C-Tex
Additional cultivar information:(aka JD's Special C-Tex Early Black)
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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)

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:

Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:



Seed Type:



Fresh, salad

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:

Fusarium Wilt (F)

Root Nematodes (N)

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:

Dothan, Alabama

San Luis Obispo, California

Miami, Florida

Tishomingo, Mississippi

Elgin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

San Marcos, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 31, 2016, nkda1819 from Salt Lake City, UT (Zone 7a) wrote:

We grew this tomato during the summer or 2015 in Salt Lake City. We had several weeks of triple digit heat early in the summer and then the weather was moderate and dry the rest of the growing season. This tomato was grown in an Earthbox with another variety. It's neighbor had foliar disease early and throughout the growing season. Despite being intertwined this plant never displayed any disease up until frost. It yielded its first tomato 90 days from transplant. It's yield was on the lower side for my garden with 23 usable tomatoes recorded. Having said that, it was a flavor champion. It and 'Eva Purple Ball' were the two tomatoes that seemed 100% consistent in producing tomatoes of truly superior flavor. It will earn a place in my garden every year due to it's consistent superio... read more


On Jul 10, 2010, b54red from Dothan, AL wrote:

Great tasting tomato from a fairly large plant. My garden is plagued with fusarium and despite that it was one of the last to be affected even better than the fusarium resistant hybrids. It produced 26 tomatoes from 8 to 18 ounces. I was surprised at the size of some of them from the descriptions I had read saying it was a medium size tomato. Many were of medium size but many were also large. One drawback is the tomato will sun scald quicker than most. I will try it in the fall and see if it is a good fall tomato.


On Aug 1, 2009, SLO_Garden from San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:

Yum!! JD's Special C-Tex is large to extra large, with a fabulous sweet, earthy flavor typical of a black tomato. The plant had no problems with disease but produced on the late side for me (well worth the wait). I will definitely grow JD's again.


On Sep 29, 2007, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Informally rated the best tasting variety at the 2007 South East Texas Tomato Fest (SETTFest), out of ~90 varieties tasted.

Exact history is not known for certain, but it is thought to be a stabilized selection from a cross between Brandywine and an unknown black, based on information that was passed on when seeds were shared with a fellow tomato grower about three years ago.

Developed by a JD in Conroe, Texas. Transplants for this variety can sometimes be found in the spring at better nurseries in the South Texas area. At the time of this entry, seeds are not commercially available.