- Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
- Plant growth: indeterminate
- Leaf type: regular leaf
- Time to maturity: midseason
- Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment for fungal and bacterial diseases
- Approx. number of seeds per pack: 20
“Venus” is a red salad tomato that I am using in my cross-breeding efforts to incorporate bacterial wilt resistance into a larger color/flavor/size population of tomatoes. When I grew Venus, I was not expecting to see a prime example of an indestructible tomato plant. The fruits are large globe to slightly oblate. The texture is slightly firm, but not as firm as today’s shipping varieties. The flavor was a good balance of acid and sugar, but not especially sweet. This is a great BLT sandwich, salad, and even cooking tomato.
The plant itself is resistant to fusarium wilt (I do not know which strain), according to the USDA information, and to southern bacterial wilt. It was literally the last plant still standing in my garden in late July, and I did a terrible thing by clearing out a thriving plant that had green and ripe fruits on it…except that all of the fruits were covered with leaf-footed bugs and simply providing a nicer breeding ground for them. Unfortunately, all tomato plants must go in July if I am to have any control over the number of leaf-footed bugs that show up the next year.
For someone who can grow a tomato plant from May until first frost, the amount of fruits harvested should be profuse. I would love to see how many pounds of fruit such a person could harvest from one plant.
Interestingly, although there is no claim to other disease resistance, I also noticed that this variety did not get late blight, tomato spotted wilt virus, or a few other nasties that appeared in some of my plants. Venus also apparently has heat set, judging by the small green fruits evident in July. It does make a tall plant, so I recommend secure caging or staking.
I would classify Venus as a great workhorse variety for stocking up on tomato products in the kitchen as well as a lengthy period of fresh eating. Its performance in my area has outdone even my beloved Homestead 24, and best of all, it is an open pollinated variety introduced in the 1970’s. We can save our seeds and grow it again and again.
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