There are so many varieties of tomato, and the choices can be overwhelming. One of the first things to consider is what kind of tomatoes you like to eat! Another thing to consider is how much space you have to grow (in ground or in containers). Finally, how quickly you would like them!
Determinate tomato varieties that stay bushy and tend to ripen early.
- Bush Early Girl
- Better Bush
Indeterminate tomato varieties will have a longer growth period and can produce fruit until frost arrives.
- Big Beef
- Beef Master
- Big Boy
- Early Girl
- New Girl
- German Johnson
- Black Krim
- Pink Beauty
- Cherokee Purple
- Jet Star
- Lemon Boy
- Mr. Stripey
- Sweet 100
- Sun Gold
- San Marzano
Support your Tomatoes!
Tomato cages or stakes will help support your fragile plants from wind and weight. Use a small Tomato cage for Determinate Varieties and a large cage for your Indeterminate Varieties.
Protect your Tomato Plants!
Many tomato varieties are bred specifically to resist particular diseases.
Pay attention to the leaves of your plants. If you see any dramatic yellowing, browning or distortion in your leaves, act quickly by identifying the problem. In most cases applying a safe and organic Neem Oil will treat and protect your plants from further damage.
Steps to take to prevent problems on tomato leaves
- Plant healthy, disease-free plants.
- Plant with rich organic matter…Organic Soil Building Bumpercrop, or Lobster Compost!
- Feed your plants with organic fertilizer…Garden-Tone!
- Water at the base of plants. Overhead water spreads disease easily.
- Water in the morning or midday to minimize the amount of time leaves are wet.
- Monitor plants daily to check for pests.
- Avoid working on plants when leaves are wet.
- Remove and destroy affected plants at the end of the season.
- Rotate crops each year.