Big Hill Tomato
Origin: Paradise, Utah
Improvement status: Cultivar/Breeding material
Seeds per packet: ~35
Germination tested 12/2019: 76%
This tomato variety comes from landrace seedsman Joseph Lofthouse. Here is his description:
"Big Hill tomato was my first attempt to breed a promiscuously pollinating tomato. The anther cone is open and the anthers are loosely attached to each other. The stigma is exposed. It has a bold floral display, and the flowers are open to the sky and not buried in foliage. Determinate. Large (12 oz) bi-colored fruits: red and yellow. Tastes great. Big Hill is fairly susceptible to cross pollination. Promiscuous pollination is a defining characteristic of this variety. Closed flowers are a dominant trait. Therefore any offspring that have closed flowers are off-type and should not be called Big Hill. I would love to receive seeds from any descendents of this variety that are off-type or have closed flowers since they are hybrids and would further my breeding project. The ancestors of this tomato are Hillbilly, which has been my life-long favorite tasting tomato, and Jagodka, which is my earliest market tomato. Big Hill represents the best traits of each ancestor. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. OSSI-pledged."
GROWING TIPS: Transplant 6 week old plants into the field just after the last spring frosts. Determinate vines up to about 2 feet long. Trellis recommended.