Many allotment holders and gardeners have long since stopped growing outdoor tomatoes, mainly because they have suffered the disappointment of seeing their entire season’s tomato crop devastated by blight. Blight is a fungal disease that thrives in warm wet conditions, such as the typical British summer!

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Blight affects the stem, leaves and fruits and causes plants to quickly rot and die. With the spores being carried on the wind tomato blight can spread for many miles and although some blight resistant tomatoes are already available none have been able to fight off all strains of the disease. Until now.

Simon Crawford, leading plant breeder, and James Stroud, PhD scientist at Bangor University, have been working since 2006 to create a blight immune variety of tomato. Simon first found blight resistant genes in a tomato plant when carrying out trials at his farm in Yorkshire. Working together Simon and James then combined blight resistant genes Ph2 and Ph3 into just one plant, thus creating the first fully blight resistant outdoor tomato, Crimson Crush.

In addition to shrugging off even the worst attack of blight, Crimson Crush produces exceptionally fine tasting, large round tomatoes, weighing up to 200g each.

New and exclusive Crimson Crush is available in both seed and plant form. A packet of 15 Crimson Crush seeds costs just £3.49 or you can buy different sizes of plant, starting at £7.99.

Put simply, Crimson Crush is the world’s first commercially available blight-resistant tomato. The significance is huge – it means for the first time ever amateur growers don’t have to worry about their tomato crops being wiped out by blight. The growing of outdoor tomatoes is once again viable.

Breeder Simon Crawford said, “We think this tomato will change the face of home gardening. Blight is the biggest problem facing the home gardener and we’re confident our tomato will hold up to it. I’m most pleased that we have managed to create a blight resistant tomato that has great taste too.”

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