Tomato Mountain Magic

A large cherry, blight resistant red F1 Hybrid tomato on indeterminate plants.

Description

Mountain Magic is a "Blight Resistant" F1 Hybrid. Developed by North Carolina State University it has resistance to both Early and Late Blight.

It is a "large cherry" (about 1 - 1.5 inches) and crops well.

We have grown Mountain Magic in 2016 as part of our attempt to grow tomatoes at our allotment outside. Late Blight is endemic at our allotment site and any tomatoes grown outdoors for the last 10 years (in 2016) have usually suffered from late blight (it seems a little strange that we would keep trying tomatoes, but there have been a couple or three years when we have not had blight and that kept us trying.

In 2016, we grew Crimson Crush, Mountain Magic and a few heritage varieties. All of the Heritage varieties failed to late blight quite early but both Crimson Crush and Mountain Magic, whilst they had blight on some fruit, carried on growing through the blight and produced a crop.

Neither Crimson Crush nor Mountain Magic produced any ripe fruit before we were forced to pick the green crop in late October when frosts were becoming a threat. We sorted out the fruit that looked like they were infected with blight (about 20% of the Crimson Crush fruit but none of the Mountain Magic) and brought them back to ripen indoors. By late November about 80% of the fruit had ripened.

Their taste was nothing special. However, this is probably unfair as the comparative fruit were all ripened on the vine and the Crimson Crush/Mountain Magic were ripened off the vine which probably doesn’t allow them to properly develop their flavour.

https://horticulture.ces.ncsu.edu/fletcher/programs/tomato/releases/release-notices/release-Mountain-Magic.pdf

2017 Update: As well as growing the F1 seeds left over from 2016, we also sowed some F2 seeds collected from the allotment plants in 2016. We have two distinct varieties. A potato leafed variety and a regular leafed variety. The assumption is that these represent the parent tomatoes in some way. Looking in more detail at the parentage from these links:

http://www.fruitlent.nl/downloads/ho...tain_magic.pdf

http://fshs.org/proceedings-o/2005-v...18/376-378.pdf

https://repository.lib.ncsu.edu/handle/1840.16/1041

its still difficult to work out what the parents of Mountain Magic are (and therefore which has what sort of blight resistance).

Mountain Magic Plants at the Allotment
Mountain Magic
Mountain Magic plants

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Cherry
  • Fruit Shape: Round
  • Fruit Size: 1-1.5 inches
  • Fruit Colour: Red
  • Flesh Colour: Red
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Seed Type: F1 Hybrid
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Late (Outdoors)
  • Taste: Plain
  • Fruit per Truss: 8-10
  • Truss Spacing: 12-18 inches
  • Alternatives: Crimson Crush
  • Our Source: T&M

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