Virtues: We love 'Lizzano' and 'Terenzo' tomatoes for their tasty fruit, high yield, disease resistance and their growing habit. Both are cherry tomatoes with a compact size that makes them perfect for containers or small gardens. They have a low, trailing growth habit, making them good for hanging baskets. Both won the All-America Seed Selections award for 2012.
Common name: 'Lizzano' F1 tomato (above) and 'Terenzo' F1 tomato (right). What does F1 mean?
Botanical name:Lycopersicon esculentum 'Lizzano' F1, L. e. 'Terenzo' F1
Fruit: 'Lizzano' bears 1-inch-round, bright red cherry tomatoes ready to harvest 105 days from seed sowing or 63 days from transplant. Fruits are produced continuously for a long harvest period. 'Terenzo' produces 1.25-inch cherry tomatoes with great resistance to cracking and ready to harvest 56 days from transplant. Fruits are set all at once in great numbers, rather than continuously, making 'Terenzo' a good choice for canning or sharing.
Habit: 'Lizzano' grows 16 to 20 inches tall and 20 inches wide, with semi-determinate growth. 'Terenzo' grows 16 to 20 inches tall and as wide, with determinate growth. Read about determinate vs. indeterminate tomatoes.
Cultivation: Grow tomatoes in full sun, in fertile soil with good drainage. Water regularly, but be careful not to overwater, especially after the fruit has set. Even watering can help avoid blossom-end rot. 'Lizzano' has proven good resistance to late blight. Stake plants if growing in the ground, so their leaves do not contact the soil. If growing as trailing plants in containers, offer the central stems some low support, such as with a hoop, to prevent them from racking under the weight of hanging fruit. Read more about growing tomatoes.
Images courtesy of All-America Seed Selections.
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