AAS WINNER DETAILS
Winner Type: Regional (Heartland)
Variety Name: Mountain Merit F1
Common Name: Tomato
Type: Edible – Vegetable
Breeder: Produced and marketed by Bejo Seeds, Inc.
Close Market Comparison: Mountain Magic F1, Defiant F1, and Fletcher F1
Duration Type: Annual
Light Needs: Full sun
Water Needs: Normal
Season Type: Warm season
Staking Required: Yes
Foliage Color: Green
Plant Habit: Bushy
Plant Height: 4-5 feet
Fruit Color (Harvest): Dark red exterior and dark red interior
Fruit Shape: Round
Fruit Size: 3-3.5 inches
Fruit Weight: 10-12 ounces
Fruit Flavor Description: Good mild tomato flavor
Number Of Fruits Per Plant: About 45
IN THE GARDEN
Garden Spacing: 2 feet
Days To Harvest (Sowing Seed): 117
Days To Harvest (Transplant): 75
Plant Spread: 2-3 feet
Disease Resistances or Tolerances: Resistance to fusarium 123, verticillium, tomato spot wilt virus, late blight. Moderate resistance to early blight and nematodes.
HOW TO GROW
Sow seed for transplants about 6 to 7 weeks before planning to set in garden. Plant ½ inch deep and provide 65-70ºF. When seedlings are 2 inches tall, transplant to 4 inch containers. Plant in garden 2 feet apart.
AAS Display Garden- River Valley Master Gardeners –
The best tomato in our trials. Reasonably sized sturdy plant produces very uniform and crack free fruit. The tomatoes are meaty and don’t have the fibrous core. No problems with disease in Zone 6a.