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‘Crimson Crush F1 Hybrid’ claimed to be ‘the first blight-resistant tomato’ by the Suttons Seeds, Paignton, England.
Developed as a collaboration between legendary British tomato breeder Simon Crawford and a Ph.D. student at Bangor University. It was first spotted in a glasshouse in Yorkshire but then in a trials field in North Wales, it stood out as a shining green and red beacon surrounded by blight-infested tomato plants. ‘Crimson Crush’ is a standard indeterminate developed to be grown outside in the veg garden, allotment, or container. The vivid red fruits are large – they weigh in at up to about 7oz./200g. each, and are carried in generous trusses. Its exceptional disease resistance is the result of the fact that this is the first variety to have two different resistance genes instead of just one. Just to be technical for a moment: it has the PH2 and PH3 genes which make it resistant to all common British blight strains including what are known as ‘Pink 6’ and ‘Blue 13’, the strains which have decimated outdoor tomato crops in recent years. The taste is outstanding, far superior to any other disease-resistant variety. A very rich tomatoey flavor.