So many flavors, colors, and sizes
How do I choose?
We feel that most gardeners
will be the happiest with one or two main-season tomatoes that have a
taste and texture you really love--usually these are indeterminate varieties. They bear fruit a few at a time until frost stops them.
We always hedge
our bets by growing an early or extra-early to eat while we are waiting
for our favorites, or if the season turns out to be a chilly or
Determinates are good for canning if you
want separate tomatoes in the jar; they hold their shape. Flavors more
like commercial tomatoes. They are usually quite dependable.
tomatoes are bred to make smooth
sauce without too much cooking. they have less juice and fewer seeds, making them firm and perfect for Pico de Gallo.If you can or freeze tomato sauce, (or
make fresh sauces and salsas) this is what you want. They also dry
exceptionally well, and tend to be fast to pick. Usually, they leave behind the little green cap, so you don't have to take it off.
If you love cherry tomatoes, try 2 or 3 colors on a trellis giving afternoon shade to a seat or chair in the garden.
Start indoors 6 weeks before last frost date and plant out after frost or give some protection. Tomatoes set more fruit if grown with flowers and herbs to attract bees. They need lots of phospohrous and potassium for good yields, plus calcium to prevent blossom end rot. Too much nitrogen or water after fruit set will result in soft, rot-prone fruit. Try to keep soil evenly moist and no water on foliage. Mulch helps.
DETERMINATE tomato vines grow to a fixed size about 2-4' tall and tend to ripen in a single crop and then fade away. This works well for canning or sauce, or a first crop if you plant several varieties. Don't prune; caging is helpful. Tend to be modern varieties.
INDETERMINATE tomatoes keep growing and producing fruit until frost gets them. They need support. Most heirlooms are indeterminate. For earlier crops and a more manageable vine, many folks pinch out the suckers in the leaf crotches.
Tomatoes noted from transplant as extra-early (less than 60 days), early (55-68 days), mid-season (69-80 days), or late (more than 80 days).
H/Matures 8-13/Harvest 17+/Yield 100-418/Spacing Cherry 18”, determinate 21” Indeterminate - 24”