Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 1963, 43(4): 614


1Contribution No. 38, Research Branch, Canada Agriculture
Experimental Farms, Morden, Man., and Brandon, Man.

Starfire is the first variety to be developed under the auspices of the Co-operative Tomato Breeding Project for the Prairie Provinces. Although the -project involves seven Experimental Farms, the main developmental work of Starfire was done at Morden and Brandon, Manitoba. Prior to naming, the variety was tested for several years at these locations and in 1962 at l2 testing stations in Canada.


Starfire was selected from Morden BB3 x Earlinorth backcrossed twice to Morden BB3. When it became evident that the new strain merited detailed attention it was designated "Morden 2-60". Following a number of favorable reports it was named "Starfire" early in 1963.


Plant Determinate, compact and small, averaging 12 inches high and 22 inches in spread. Fruiting clusters are located on strong branches and near to the center of the plant which limits fruit spoilage due to rots fostered by wet soil.
Fruit Uniform green when immature; orange-red when mature; average weight, 7 ounces; ovate shape and smooth; small blossom-end scar; signal red flesh color (R.H.S.); many, small locules and moderate seed quantity; fruit has a pleasant flavor when used fresh and is also suitable for canning due to a favorable acid content; fruit yield has been better than that of Morden BB3.
Maturity Mid-season at Morden; approximately 4 days earlier than Morden BB3 and 3 days later than Mustang hybrid tomato.
Adaptation Starflre is well adapted to garden culture in southern Manitoba areas having growing conditions typical of those at Morden and Brandon. It performed well in tests in 1962 at Ottawa, Kentville, Lethbridge, and Fargo, North Dakota. It yielded well on clay or sandy loam soil. Good soil fertility and a plant spacing of 24 to 30 inches apart in the rows are desirable for best results.
Availability Foundation seed stock will be maintained at the Experimental Farm, Morden, Manitoba. Seed for commercial distribution should be available from seed houses beginning January, 1964.
CHARLES WALKOF, Research Branch, Experimental Farm, Morden, Manitoba;
H. H. MARSHALL, Research Branch, Experimental Farm, Brandon, Manitoba