Heat-Tolerant Tomato Varieties

Choosing an appropriate variety for your growing conditions is a key to successful tomato gardening. It’s possible to have excellent crop in a hot climate when you select heat-tolerant tomato varieties. Hybrids Bella Rosa Hybrid, determinate, 75 days, red, large Bred for the southeast USA Big Beef Hybrid, indeterminate, 73 days, red, medium/large (10 ounces) Florida 91 Hybrid, determinate, 72 days, red, medium/large (10 ounces) Fourth Of July Hybrid, indeterminate, 49 days, red/pink, small (4 ounces) Grape Hybrid, indeterminate, 60 days, red, grape Heat Wave II Hybrid, determinate, 68 days,…

Read More

Paste Tomatoes

This is the golden age of tomatoes. Never have gardeners had more choices, from heirlooms to hybrids, huge beefsteaks to the tiniest, sweetest cherry tomatoes. True tomato junkies, though, are embracing the type celebrated for making the thickest, heartiest sauce: the paste tomato. But paste tomatoes have more to offer. While they can’t be beat for making the best tomato sauce, paste, and salsa, their intense flavor, firm texture, and few seeds mean they are just as appealing whole, eaten right off the vine, or featured in recipes that usually…

Read More

Growing Giant Tomatoes

Meet the growers of super tomatoes: Their tomatoes are as big as cauliflowers, and their plants are stupendously tall and luxuriantly healthy. Year after year, they win contests, give away hundreds of pounds of fruit, and put the growers of ordinary tomatoes to shame. Who are these super-growers, and what miraculous methods, special seeds, and fantastic fertilizers do they use? Although this country boasts many great tomato growers, we’ve found four whose huge plants and giant tomatoes are worthy of special note. They have some growing techniques in common, but…

Read More