Texas SuperStar Tomatoes

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on July 11, 2011

Texas SuperStar plants are plants that are superior in growth, hardiness, and the ability to thrive throughout Texas.  Only a few vegetables have been given this designation.  Two of these are tomatoes:  Tomato 444 and “Sun Pride” tomato.

Tomato 444has a natural resistance to Tomato Spotted Wilt (TSW).  TSW causes odd colored fruit or keeps the plant from producing fruit at all.  Because this cultivar is still hard to find, Extension recommends you grow it as a container vegetable so you can protect it from frost yet put it in the sun on sunny days.  It still needs its six hours of sun a day even if there is a frost.

‘Sun Pride’ tomato produces mid-season.  It has big leaves to protect the fruit from sun scald.  The plant is semi-determinant, and produces large, firm fruit.  Important to home gardeners is the fact that this cultivar is somewhat crack resistant.  Cracks can ruin a tomato.  This plant is also resistant to Verticillium and Fusarium Wilt.

These tomatoes have been tested extensively in Texas.  If you do not live in Texas, you can ask your Extension Agent if they are right for you.

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Flex July 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

Yeah, I bet if it can thrive in Texas, it can endure just about anything. Is it safe to say that both these varieties do well in desert climates? I’m always on the hunt for better varieties of tomatoes. Sun Pride sounds like it could be a really good way to go.
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Robert July 14, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I really need help growing my tomato seeds can you make an daily update on tomatoes because I tried to grow some and i failed it plz reply
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Stephanie Suesan Smith July 15, 2011 at 4:56 am

I have a number of articles under tomatoes and under gardening 101 that will help you. I also have a book out, available from, called Preparing a vegetable garden from the ground up. The link to that is on the left sidebar in the Amazon widget.


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