- Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
- Plant growth: determinate
- Leaf type: regular leaf
- Time to maturity: midseason
- Approx. number of seeds per pack: 20+
- Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment for Fungal and Bacterial Diseases
“Healani” was released in 1970 as a result of work by the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and many breeders. It was meant to be an improved Anahu. Healani was developed from a cross between Anahu and STEP 305, then refined over several generations, and then crossed to STEP 559 from South Carolina to improve fruit quality and size. Anahu has an impressive disease resistance package of its own; however, Healani adds increased resistance to TMV through the addition of the TM-2a gene, and tolerance to Vascular Browning. It is a red salad tomato, a bit sweeter than Anahu, so the flavor is balanced and smooth with a little more sweetness than acid, depending on how much water the plant receives as the fruit ripens. It is additionally resistant to Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus, Gray Leaf Spot, Fusarium Wilt and Root-Knot Nematodes. My fruits were 6-10 ounces, which is larger than the one in these photos looks to be. The plant is determinate, and so easily grown by those gardeners who like to grow in pots. In short, this is a perfect variety to grow in Hawaii, and a perfect variety to grow in the US southeast! One note though, it does not have bacterial wilt resistance as Kewalo does, so pot-growing is best in areas that have this problem in their native soil.
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