Back in May I was able to offer free blight-resistant Crimson Crush tomato plants from Dobies. Unfortunately it backfired a bit as the limited stocks went in a couple of hours and this left some people upset.
I grew some plants myself, both in the greenhouse and outside. The outdoors plant hasn’t done very well but that’s due to the rotten summer. The leaves show a characteristic purple colour indicative of the low night time temperatures.
Fair enough, we have challenging conditions here at the best of times and normally I would not even attempt outdoor tomatoes here. The plant struggled to make three trusses but has produced a small amount of fruit.
Most importantly, no sign whatsoever of blight. On the other hand, this hasn’t been a bad year for blight.
Size and Yield of Crimson Crush
The greenhouse grown plants did far better and were stopped at five trusses. Each truss produced a reasonable amount of fruits which were a decent size. I get a bit fed up with the current trend for smaller and smaller tomatoes. I like something that can be sliced on a sandwich or quartered in a salad.
Flavour of Crimson Crush
The flavour was good, not quite as good as my favourite Ailsa Craig but still a nice standard tomato with that acid bite. Far superior to Moneymaker or Gardener’s Delight for my money. Certainly worth growing even if it wasn’t blight-resistant.
One point on resistant crops, whether they be blight-resistant or club-root resistant etc. Resistant does not mean immune or invulnerable. Especially with blight which has various strains and mutates, any resistant plant can be taken down by one strain and shrug off another.
What it does mean is that a blight-resistant plant is more likely to be productive when blight is about than non-resistant varieties. With blight-resistant Sarpo potatoes I’ve found my plants to be standing proud when all the other potatoes on the whole allotment site had gone down.
As Simon Crawford the breeder of Crimson Crush states….
“Crimson Crush remained relatively free of blight but it is not immune, showing around 10 percent of infection when controls such as ‘Ailsa Craig’ were 100 percent infected”
I’d love to hear how you got on with Crimson Crush. Particularly:
- Did you grow indoors or undercover?
- Did your other tomatoes or potatoes suffer with blight?
- Were you happy with the yield?
- What did you think of the flavour and fruits generally?
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