Tycoon Tomato: A New Texas Superstar

Adapted from “Tycoon Tomato Named Superstar,” by Robert Burns,
Published on the Website AgriLife Today

Released at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition in 2011, the Tycoon Tomato has proven to be so exceptional that it has achieved recognition as a Texas Superstar, a crop that performs well for consumers and commercial growers throughout Texas.

Evaluated in extensive testing by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and AgriLife Extension horticulturists, superstars must also be easy to propagate, ensuring that the plants are both widely available throughout Texas, and reasonably priced. They must be disease resistant and must tolerate Texas heat well.

Tycoon has many characteristics that rival or even outdo the Celebrity tomato, the long-standing favorite of many commercial and home growers, according to one Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist.

The Tycoon has superior resistance to diseases and nematodes, and it can produce very large fruit of superior quality. The plant is resistant to tomato yellow leaf curl virus, a disease that has become a major problem for many varieties in the past few years. It is also resistant to the fungi verticillium and fusarium, races one and two, and tomato spotted wilt virus, and nematodes as well.

Tycoon is an annual and determinant variety, which means that it is bushy rather than vining, and produces and ripens all its initial fruit crop at nearly the same time, most often within about a two-week period. Tycoon is also capable of growing very large tomatoes, with some specimens reported at one pound or larger.

Texas Superstar is a registered trademark owned by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, a state agency that is part of the Texas A&M University System.


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