MoCross Elgin #9
- 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
“MoCross Elgin #9”…sometimes you just need that perfect, globe-shaped tomato, with no core, with great tomatoey flavor, with heat set and disease resistance…and then you plant something that Bill Jeffers created with just those characteristics.
MoCross Elgin #9 was segregated from a cross of Mozark x Sioux. Mr. Jeffers states that this should be a determinate, red, baseball size tomato, yielding 40+ tomatoes in a concentrated set.
I have grown this variety several times. Here are my notes from my first season:
MoCross Elgin #9 set fruit abundantly on a compact plant. It set fruit in our unseasonably hot late spring, and the fruits are all lovely like this. No “con-FUSED” blooms. No catfacing. It is interesting that every other plant in that row eventually died from bacterial wilt, except this one. I don't know why. Maybe just luck. I don't think it was bred with that trait?
I planted Crista F1 (HMX 4828) VFFFNNNTSWV for a comparison. Crista F1 was developed by Randy Gardener of NCSU, and is supposed to be a large to extra large, intensely red tomato with massive disease resistance. Crista F1 set two fruits and then died. There was no comparison in productivity or size and quality of the fruits…MoCross Elgin #9 was in the lead from start to finish.
People who grow this variety repeatedly report that it was able to set fruit in the mid to upper-90s. It may prefer a hot and dry climate to a hot and humid climate; however, MoCross Elgin #9 seems to handle both. An excellent workhorse variety to try.
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