Heat Tolerant Lines of Tomato

Heat Damaged Sepals

Selected Heat Tolerant Lines

Heat tolerance, as it relates to fruit set, may be due to one or several factors such as pollen viability, style growth or a plant's metabolic rate. Flowers experience trouble with fruit/seed set whenever daytime temperatures exceed 90oF and night time temperatures exceed ~76F. Heat either destroys pollen or interfers with the fertilization process resulting in flowers which abscise. The following is a list of a few varieties that are supposedly tolerant to heat.

Arkansas Traveler
Costuluto Genovese
Homestead 24
Solar Set
Sun Leaper

Breeding for heat tolerance at the Asian Vegetable Research Development Center in Taiwan
photo courtesy of Dr. Mary Peet


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