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What Types of Tomato Plants Do You Grow?
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Lynch    Posted 02-27-2003 at 11:08:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My favorite by far for just eating and ease of growth is the Sweet 100 cherry tomato...the volunteers you can get are fantastic...Also like Lemon Boy, and Willamette (will have to get seeds from Oregon probably--a very nice slicing tomato), and Early Girl, and any of the Jets, and some Pear varities...I usually grow at least 5 to 7 or more different types right along side about as many or more different types of peppers. Got used to the short growing season of Oregon a few years back...does anyone have any suggestions for deep south types? Figure on getting at least 2 crops of tomato plants down 2 in the Austin area, but it's drier there...thought I might get a 3rd in over here in the Gulf coast area. Lynch

Bud in NC    Posted 02-28-2003 at 07:31:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ever try a "Marion" tomato? I heard they were developed for the Marion, SC area - they can stand it HOT and humid. I still grow some of them every year - they seem to have a lot more acid and a stronger flavor than other types. They aren't big or pretty, but they taste great.

Lorraine    Posted 02-27-2003 at 17:46:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I only grow the Roma tomato plants for canning. I usually put in a few Big Boy ones for eating

Okie-Dokie    Posted 02-27-2003 at 16:56:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
The Beefsteaks, Better boy, better girl and such for main crop. This year I am going to try Goliath. Two guys I work with tried them last year with great success.

Darryl    Posted 02-27-2003 at 19:03:22       [Reply]  [No Email]

I grew the Goliaths a couple of years ago and really liked them. They were a large (Goliath, duh), smooth, good-tasting tomato that seems to be resistant to just about all diseases. I got mine as seed from an outfit called Totally Tomato but they were out of seed this year. Where are you getting yours? Seed or plants?


Donna from Mo    Posted 02-27-2003 at 16:15:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Celebrity and Jet Star; they seem more resistant to blight than any others. Until blight got so prevalent, my favorite varities were Big Boy and Rutgers.

Cindi    Posted 02-27-2003 at 13:11:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm very particular. I only grow the ones that don't die on me! Usually beef steak and cherry. one extreme or the other.

Tom A    Posted 02-27-2003 at 12:00:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
*love* tomatoes! We usually put in about 70 plants and can a lot of them.

We always plant a lot of Celebrity and Homestead for eating fresh, and Roma and Amish Paste for canning.

Then we experiment and alternate a few other varieties in every year, usually Pineapple and one of the Beefsteaks, an Oxheart or whatever heirlooms we scrounge from friends!

We always save our own seed.

Tom A

I kind of save seed...    Posted 02-27-2003 at 12:04:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
...we encourage volunteers...the plants that come up on their own are always the best. Lynch

Greg Vt    Posted 02-27-2003 at 11:52:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
For canning we like to plant 'Romas'. Real meaty without a lot of seeds. Easy to process and pretty hearty.

For eating, Early Girls and Brandywines. The Brandywines aren't as tolerant to adverse conditions as the others and if it were up to me we wouldn't bother with them but it ain't up to me so we end up planting a few. They are tasty though.

Les    Posted 02-27-2003 at 11:43:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Early Girl and whatever cherry tomatoes they have at the greenhouse.

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