Heirloom Tomato Varieties
5 Best Heritage Tomatoes for the Hobby Gardener
The 5 best heirloom tomato varieties for the hobby vegetable gardener. Best tasting purple heirloom tomatoes. What is an heirloom tomato?
What are Heirloom Tomatoes?
Heirloom tomatoes and vegetables are open pollinated varieties that have been around for at least 50 years. They are also sometimes called heritage tomatoes.
Heirloom variety tomatoes are grown for their incredible flavors and because, being open pollinated, their seed can be saved from year to year to start new tomato plants.
Any of the following heirloom tomato varieties will be an asset to this year's heirloom tomato garden.
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Pink Brandywine tomato. Growing yellow, red and black Brandywine heirloom tomatoes. How to grow heritage tomatoes. Tomato Brandywine plants.
Brandywine is more susceptible to tomato disease than any other heritage tomato on this list. I'm including it anyway because of its fantastic flavor and wide popularity among home growers.
Mortgage lifter tomato growing tips. Pink, indeterminate tomatoes. Buy heirloom tomato seeds here. Red and yellow tomato mortgage lifter. Lycopersicon lycopersicum.
"Radiator Charlie" Byles, the breeder of Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter tomatoes, sold enough seedlings for $1 each during the 1940s to pay off the mortgage on his house!
This has got to be one special tomato plant.
The Yellow Pear tomato plant produces little yellow pear shape tomatoes on indeterminate vines up to 6 feet tall. It is one of the best tasting yellow cherry tomato varieties.
Organic gardeners like this variety because it is one of the easiest to grow and using organic tomato fertilizer to feed it tends to impart a richer flavor to these golden nuggets.
Cherokee Purple tomato is an open pollinated heirloom tomato plant. Growing Cherokee Purple heritage tomatoes.
Purple, brown or black beefsteak tomatoes growing on fusarium wilt resistant, indeterminate vines.
After planting Black Krim tomato seeds, you will be harvesting beefsteak tomatoes within 80 days of setting the seedlings into the garden. These so called black tomatoes are actually dark red and brown at maturity.
Heirloom Tomato Seeds
Heirloom tomato seeds. Buy seed for growing heritage tomatoes. Best heirloom tomato varieties. Open pollinated, standard cherry tomato seed.
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