Vegetables

Recommended Tomato Varieties I

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Tomatoes are the most popular vegetables grown in the gardens across the US and around the world. There are many reasons why tomatoes are so popular among home gardeners. It’s interesting to note that for many years, tomatoes (then known as “love apples”) were considered poisonous so they were grown only for their ornamental value.

It’s important to know that tomatoes are relatively easy to grow and they save a lot of money if you grow it in your own garden instead to buy them at a grocery store. They are also very tasty and rich in nutrients, so even a few plants can provide enough fruit for the whole family.

The biggest advantage, however, is that growing tomatoes in your own garden ensures a steady supply of fresh, natural and healthy tomatoes for your family. Homegrown tomatoes are simply better and healthier than anything you can find at a grocery store.

One thing you need to understand about tomatoes is that there are virtually hundreds of varieties to choose from. There are tomatoes in all shapes, sizes, colors and plant types. There are so many tomato varieties that beginners find them confusing. This is why The University of Illinois Extension has made a handy chart listing all the tomato varieties. This chart can help you decide on the best tomato variety for your garden. You can pick a variety based on your individual needs and preferences, such as size, climate requirements, taste and other factors.

The tomato is a warm season perennial, know for its bright red, tender fruit. It’s grown as an annual plant in summer gardens in the US and across the world. Cold weather and freezes in the spring and fall limit the outdoor growing season for these plants.

The tomato plant is a tender, warm-season perennial that is grown as an annual in summer gardens all over the continental United States. Spring and fall freezes limit the outdoor growing season.

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The Best Varieties

In order to grow tomatoes successfully, it’s important to choose the best variety. As noted above, these are hundreds of varieties of tomatoes available to home gardeners, so it really depends on factors such as your individual needs and preferences, as well as growing conditions factors area (space, weather).

Tomatoes are very varied. There are many different sizes, colors and plant types. You may even choose tomatoes based on disease resistance and season of maturity. There are many available catalogs you can find in garden centers, greenhouses or online to help you select the best tomato varieties.

Since there are so many varieties to choose from, it’s not an easy choice to make, especially when it comes to 2-3 best ones. This is why you should do it carefully. Evaluate your needs and choose the varieties best suited for your intended growing method and intended use.

The first thing you need to know that there are two definite tomato types that affect the plant height and cultural requirements: determinate and indeterminate.

  • Determinate tomatoes eventually form a flower cluster at the terminal growing point. It causes the plant to stop growing in the height.
  • Indeterminate tomatoes never set terminal flower clusters, only lateral ones. It means that the plant continues to grow indefinitely and thus end up being taller than the determinate tomato varieties. As a general rule, older varieties are almost exclusively indeterminate.

There are many advantages and specifics coming from each of this type, so this is the first thing you need to choose when deciding on which tomato variety to grow. Indeterminate varieties usually produce abundant foliage and give flavorful fruit. On the other hand, these varieties can be very late in maturing.

Determinate varieties, on the other hand, tend to mature early. The first determinate varieties developed used to have problems with inadequate foliage cover and taste. However, these problems are largely eliminated with new determinate varieties. These new determinate varieties have a better foliage and grow taller than their ancestors and have a similar quality of fruit as the intermediate varieties. At the same time, they still ripen their fruit more quickly than indeterminate varieties. This is why many gardeners choose determinate varieties to keep the harvest coming through the entire growing season.

Another possible advantage to determinate varieties is that they are easier to control and support during the growing season. They also come in many interesting varieties. For example, some extreme dwarf types are both determinate and dwarf, which means they produce some very tiny mature plants.