• Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
  • Plant growth: determinate
  • Leaf type: regular leaf
  • Time to maturity: early season
  • Approx. number of seeds per pack: 15
  • Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment for Fungal and Bacterial Diseases

“Neptune” is a winner developed by Dr. J. W. Scott at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center at the University of Florida. I am going to recite its illustrious pedigree here just for fun. It all began with Walter x MH11. A selection from its F5 generation was crossed with Cl 11d. A selection from the F6 generation of that line was crossed with Campbell 28. At the same time, Hawaii 7997 was crossed with 645. A selection from the F4 generation of the Campbell 28 line was crossed with a selection from the F7 generation of the Hawaii 7997 line…to make (drumroll)…Neptune! Neptune was released at F11.
An excellent tomato database states that the high crimson “Suncoast” is a parent of Neptune, but that is not the case. I have taken my information from Dr. Scott’s research article from 1995, in which he introduces this variety.
So…what is the fuss about? Well, it is an early and determinate red tomato that is resistant to bacterial wilt and has heat tolerance. I will also add that it is not bothered by nematodes or high humidity. A gardener in the southeast US can get quite a few of these planted in a row for stocking the freezer with flavorful sauce. The fruits are also juicy enough to enjoy fresh.
One extra tidbit of information…Neptune is a parent of Bill Jeffers’ creation also listed here, called “NEMO.”

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