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Tasti-Lee® ! Maturity Consider the number of frost-free days in your growing area. Early crops are often useful to make early market windows, even though some tradeoff in fruit size may be necessary. Determinate vs Indeterminate Determinate plants grow shorter, with more concentrated fruit set, and need less pruning or support. Indeterminate plants usually have a more extended harvest season, and can yield larger, more perfect fruit if supported and pruned . Fruit Type and Use Various sizes, shapes and colors are available to meet market demand in different regions and applications. Jointless vs Jointed Jointless fruits, when picked, leave the stem (pedicel) on the plant resulting in a smooth fruit surface. Smoother fruit can show less damage in shipping with less need for special packing materials. Jointed fruits have an enhanced appearance in fresh market settings because stem remains attached to fruit. Shipping/Fresh Market Descriptions indicate suggested best uses for many varieties. Shipping types usually are very firm, produce a concentrated fruit set and can ripen to a red color in storage after green harvest. Adaptability Many varieties perform well in certain regions; we include this information when possible. Disease Tolerance or Resistance Many new varieties have been improved for a broader range of disease traits, as new research results become available for commercial use. As part of your disease management, you may choose varieties that are strong against the diseases that make the most problems in your area. It is recommended that you contact an extension service agent in your area to identify the cause of growing problems. They can help identify the problem so you can better deal with it. We have found that land grant universities offer excellent information on their websites. See page 110 or ask your Twilley salesperson for universities in your region. Indicates varieties resistant to Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus, which is now a growing problem in many states. TSWV can wipe out entire tomato crops. Symptoms are hard to detect in early stages and no treatment is known to be effective at saving an infected crop. TSWV is hard to control because the tiny thrips that feed on infected plants spread quickly through a field and carry the virus to healthy plants. Disease resistance is the only known method to control this problem. Indicates varieties resistant to Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl. Transmitted by white fly, TYLC has recently come on as a problem disease. To Order Call: 800-622-7333 (USA) or 864-227-5140 (Int'l) 73 TSWV TYLC Selecting Tomato Varieties With so many varieties available, it may be difficult to choose which tomato to grow for your crop. Twilley continually looks for new varieties with better performance traits. The following information will help you select the best varieties for your production. We especially suggest any of the tomatoes in Twilley’s tried and true “Professional Seeds Series”. When a tomato is allowed to ripen on the vine, it continues to get nourishment from the plant up to harvest time, boosting nutrient content, color and flavor. Forcing a tomato to ripen after harvest causes loss of flavor and nutrition. Tasti-Lee®, when ripened on the vine maintains flavor, color and high nutrient content throughout harvest, shipping and distribution. Full of antioxidents and lycopene (up to 40% more than other varieties!), it has a 7-10 day harvest window and performs well under a wide range of growing conditions. This variety is self-topping, so it seldom needs staking, and grows best when caged. The delicious 6-8 oz. fruit has a firm and juicy flesh making it perfect for sandwich slices or chopping into salads, salsas or sauces. It is even good for chomping into and eating whole! An excellent balance of sugar and acidity gives it a sweet & tangy flavor that delights the tastebuds. The American Heart Association has identified Tasti-Lee® Tomatoes as part of its Heart-Check Food Certification program. The Heart-Check mark helps consumers to easily find foods in retail stores that meet the nutritional standards of the American Heart Association to promote healthy eating habits. Many consumers ask for Tasti-Lee® by name. Twilley Seed is proud to offer this variety to our customers. †Note - Sales to supermarket chains require participation in a brand-name marketing program. Please inquire about this program if your plans include supermarket distribution. ††Orders for more than 5000 sd require breeders marketing agreement. Please call for information. See page 76


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