First, I planted "homestead" tomatoes, 80 days to harvest. I chose this variety because it's supposed to be well-suited for hot and humid gardens. Homestead is a salad tomato, 6-8 ounces according to the catalog, although mine have been averaging about 2-3 ounces with the largest one I've picked weighing 4.2 ounces.
Will I grow them again? Yes, I like these a lot.
This is the first year I've grown a paste tomato; it's also the first time I've grown a determinate tomato. I chose "oroma", an heirloom, 70 days to harvest. Shortly after the homestead tomatoes started ripening, these started turning orange too. They were smaller than I expected at first, although now the ripe ones are larger, about five inches long. They are fighting blossom-end rot, even though they are planted right next to the other varieties that have no problems at all.
Will I grow them again? Well, I do have more seeds, but they aren't "my favorite paste tomato", plus there's the whole blossom-end-rot thing that doesn't seem to bother the other tomato varieties I'm growing. I'll probably try something else in the future but I'll continue to use these seeds too.
I love cherry tomatoes - I keep a bowl of them on the counter to snack on throughout the day, and I eat a handful of them whenever I'm in the garden. This year I chose "yellow pear" because so many people raved about them. It's also an indeterminate variety, 75-80 days to harvest.
"Mortgage lifter" is the final variety I grew from seed this year. It's an indeterminate plant, 95 days to harvest. It was the last of all my plants to provide ripe tomatoes, but they are also much larger than I expected. Perhaps it's not officially a beefsteak tomato, but I call it that.
Most of them have this belly button-looking thingy on the bottom.
I bought a four pack of "Arkansas traveler" tomatoes from the feed store, but only one survived. It's an indeterminate variety, 85 days to harvest. The description said it's a very old tomato that was historically grown in the south, and has fruits up to half a pound. I've babied the remaining plant along, but it's still far behind the other varieties in development and growth.
Will I grow it again? I hope I'll get some tomatoes from it before the end of the season so I can decide whether or not it's one I want to grow again. I noticed this week that there are several clusters of flowers, so I'm more hopeful than I was.
What is your favorite tomato variety?
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