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The Complete Tomato Guide

Vegetable Gardening

Tomato Categories

  • Slicing are the most commonly grown, used for a wide variety of processing and fresh eating.
  • Beefsteaks are large tomatoes often used for sandwiches and similar applications.
  • Plum or pear or pastes are bred with higher solids content for use in tomato sauce.
  • Cherry are small and round, often sweet, generally eaten whole in salads.
  • Grape are smaller and oblong, a variation on plum tomatoes, used in salads.
  • Early tomatoes bear fruit even where nights are cool.

Tomato Classifications

Determinate or bush types bear a full crop all at once and top off at a specific height. They are good choices for container growing and for canning. They require little or no staking, of the plant.

Indeterminate varieties develop into vines that never top off and continue producing until killed by frost. They are preferred by home growers who want ripe fruit throughout the season.

Days to Harvest – Average days from the time transplants are set out until the first fruit is ripe.

Heirloom Tomatoes

A tomato is considered to be an heirloom when the seed has been saved and grown at least 50 years. Heirloom tomatoes are grown for their superior taste. They are less disease resistant than most hybrids.

Arkansas Traveler
  • Slicer
  • Medium Size
  • 6 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 85 Days to Harvest
Black Krim
  • Slicer
  • Medium/Large Size
  • 12 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 80 Days to Harvest
Marriage Perfect Flame
  • Slicer
  • Medium Size
  • 4 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 65-70 Days to Harvest
Oxheart
  • Slicer
  • Medium
  • 12 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 75 Days to Harvest
Rutgers
  • Slicer
  • Medium Size
  • 7 oz
  • Determinate Class
  • 74 Days to Harvest
Brandywine Pink
  • Beefsteak
  • Large
  • 12 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 90-100 Days to Harvest
Cherokee Purple
  • Beefsteak
  • Large
  • 12 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 70-80 Days to Harvest
Crimson Cushion
  • Beefsteak
  • Large
  • 1-2 lbs
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 90 Days to Harvest
German Giant
  • Beefsteak
  • Large
  • 2 lbs
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 77 Days to Harvest
Marriage Big Brady
  • Beefsteak
  • Large
  • 12 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 78 Days to Harvest
Mortgage Lifter
  • Beefsteak
  • Medium/Large
  • 2 lbs
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 70-80 Days to Harvest
Amish Paste
  • Paste
  • Medium
  • 8 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 80-90 Days to Harvest
San Marzano
  • Plum
  • Medium
  • 4 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 80 Days to Harvest
Red Pear
  • Pear
  • Small
  • 4 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 75 Days to Harvest
Yellow Pear
  • Pear
  • Small
  • 1 Inch
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 70-80 Days to Harvest

Hybrid Tomatoes

Hybrid tomato plants tend to be heavier producers, and sometimes combine unusual characteristics of heirloom tomatoes with the ruggedness of commercial tomatoes. Hybrid tomato varieties are generally produced by plant breeders, which select two compatible tomato varieties and cross-breed them. Many hybrid varieties are bred for common disease resistance or tolerance.

Better Boy
  • Slicer
  • Large Size
  • 12 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 70-80 Days to Harvest
Better Bush
  • Slicer
  • Medium Size
  • 8 oz
  • Determinate Class
  • 68 Days to Harvest
Big Boy
  • Slicer
  • Large Size
  • 16 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 78 Days to Harvest
Celebration
  • Slicer
  • Medium
  • 8 oz
  • Determinate Class
  • 72 Days to Harvest
Celebrity
  • Slicer
  • Medium Size
  • 10 oz
  • Semi-Determinate Class
  • 70 Days to Harvest
Celebrity Bush
  • Slicer
  • Medium Size
  • 10 oz
  • Determinate Class
  • 70 Days to Harvest
Champion II
  • Slicer
  • Medium Size
  • 10 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 65 Days to Harvest
Champion II Bush
  • Slicer
  • Medium Size
  • 9-12 oz
  • Determinate Class
  • 65 Days to Harvest
Container’s Choice
  • Slicer
  • Medium Size
  • 8 oz
  • Determinate Class
  • 70 Days to Harvest
Early Doll
  • Slicer
  • Medium Size
  • 4-5 oz
  • Determinate Class
  • 55-60 Days to Harvest
Early Girl
  • Slicer
  • Medium Size
  • 5 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 60 Days to Harvest
4th of July
  • Slicer
  • Small Size
  • 4 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 49 Days to Harvest
Golden Jubilee (Yellow)
  • Slicer
  • Medium Size
  • 8 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 72 Days to Harvest
Jetstar
  • Slicer
  • Medium Size
  • 8 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 72 Days to Harvest
Lemon Boy (Yellow)
  • Slicer
  • Medium Size
  • 7 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 72 Days to Harvest
Patio Kabab
  • Slicer
  • Small Size
  • 2 Inches
  • Determinate Class
  • 65 Days to Harvest
Patio Megabite
  • Slicer
  • Medium Size
  • 4 oz
  • Determinate Class
  • 70 Days to Harvest
Super Fantastic
  • Slicer
  • Medium Size
  • 10 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 70 Days to Harvest
Tasty Merlot
  • Slicer
  • Medium Size
  • 10 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 65 Days to Harvest
Tasty Yellow (Yellow)
  • Slicer
  • Small Size
  • 6 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 65 Days to Harvest
All-Star
  • Beefsteak
  • Medium Size
  • 7 oz
  • Determinate Class
  • 65 Days to Harvest
Big Beef
  • Beefsteak
  • Large Size
  • 12 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 70-80 Days to Harvest
Bush Beefsteak
  • Beefsteak
  • Medium Size
  • 8 oz
  • Determinate Class
  • 72 Days to Harvest
Marglobe
  • Beefsteak
  • Medium Size
  • 6 oz
  • Determinate Class
  • 72 Days to Harvest
Supersteak
  • Beefsteak
  • Large Size
  • 1-2 lbs
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 80 Days to Harvest
Health Kick
  • Plum
  • Small Size
  • 4 oz
  • Determinate Class
  • 72 Days to Harvest
La Roma III
  • Paste
  • Medium Size
  • 5 oz
  • Determinate Class
  • 75 Days to Harvest
Tomatillo
  • Husk
  • Small Size
  • 2-3 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 65 Days to Harvest

Cherry & Grape Tomatoes Varieties

Chocolate Cherry
  • Cherry
  • Large Size
  • 1 Inch
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 70 Days to Harvest
Gardener’s Delight
  • Cherry
  • Large Size
  • 1 Inch
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 60 Days to Harvest
Heartbreaker
  • Cherry
  • Large Size
  • 1.5 Inches
  • Determinate Class
  • 90 Days to Harvest
Indigo Rose
  • Cherry
  • Large Size
  • 2 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 75-80 Days to Harvest
Large Red Cherry
  • Cherry
  • Large Size
  • 1 Inch
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 80 Days to Harvest
Lizzano
  • Cherry
  • Large Size
  • 1 Inch
  • Semi-Indeterminate Class
  • 65 Days to Harvest
Patio Tasty Cherries
  • Cherry
  • Small Size
  • .75 Inch
  • Determinate Class
  • 66 Days to Harvest
Sun Sugar (Yellow)
  • Cherry
  • Small Size
  • .5 Inch
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 62 Days to Harvest
Supersweet 100
  • Cherry
  • Large Size
  • 1 Inch
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 55-68 Days to Harvest
Sweet Chelsea
  • Cherry
  • Large Size
  • 1.5 Inches
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 65 Days to Harvest
Tumbler
  • Cherry
  • Large Size
  • 1.25 Inches
  • Determinate Class
  • 45 Days to Harvest
Juliet
  • Grape
  • Small Size
  • 1 oz
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 55-68 Days to Harvest
Red Grape
  • Grape
  • Small Size
  • .75 Inch
  • Indeterminate Class
  • 60 Days to Harvest

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