Gardening Articles: Edibles :: Vegetables

Fantastico Tomato

by Susan Littlefield


Tomatoes are America's favorite home vegetable garden crop. From heirlooms to hybrids, tiny grape tomatoes to mammoth beefsteak varieties, gardeners across the country are always eager to harvest luscious, tasty, truly ripe tomatoes from their home gardens. 'Fantasico', a 2014 All-America Selections (AAS) National Vegetable Award winner, is sure to be a popular addition to the gardens of tomato lovers across the country.

This early-maturing (90 days from seed, 50 days from transplant), high yielding grape tomato is a determinate variety that is loaded with delicious half-ounce, grape-shaped fruits -- up to 12 pounds per plant! The long clusters of fruit are held toward the outside of the plant, making harvesting easy, and the fruits resist cracking better than many other varieties. Good news for the many gardeners who have battled this disease in recent years, 'Fantastico' shows good late blight tolerance. Best grown in a cage to provide support, 'Fantastico' also can be grown in a 10-gallon patio container or an 18-inch hanging basket.

For more about 'Fantastico' grape tomato and other 2014 AAS winners, go to AAS. (Image courtesy of All-America Selections)

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