For a cherry tomato, I like "Blond Kopfchen". It's a little slow getting
started, but is survives the fall rains better than anything else I've
grown, which gives it a long growing season. Then there is Stupice
(stew-peachy) a 2", 55 day tomato which is my first tomato of the
season, and for large tomatoes I like Striped German (low acid, good
taste for sandwiches), and Caspian Pink which comes in a few days before
Brandywines, which only do well for me in warm years (in other words,
not recently). The last few years, I've put down clear plastic sheeting
to increase the soil temps, which has kept my harvest a couple of weeks
ahead of my neighbors.
I've ordered Blond Kopfchen and Caspian Pinks from Tomatofest. To bring
the order up their minimum I added some of their new varieties, Amy's
Sugargem, Santiago and one that they listed as a favorite cherry, Isis
I do much better with cherry varieties because they tend to mature
quickly. I don't have a lot of sun so the larger varieties frequently
don't mature by the time I have my first cold snap.
General Schvantzkoph;953609 Wrote:
> It's time to plant some seeds. Looking for suggestions for tomato
Cherry Gold : compact determinate plants recommended for smal pots and
Red Robin : Tiny plants that bear clusters fo fruit. Recommended for
container growing, both indoors and outdoors.
Sweetie : A sprawling indeterminate that produces clusters of sweet,
cherry-sized red fruit. Not hybrid, seeds can be saved, an
open-pollinated alternative to many of the hybrids available.
These tomatoes I have grown in my *'vegetable gardening'
(http://tinyurl.com/86jfv9q )* and planning to grow Bush Beefsteak and
Here are some of the cherry tomatoes I have grown with success.
From Tomato Growers Supply: http://www.tomatogrowers.com
Dr. Carolyn -- a white
Window Box Roma -- A patio tomato
Totally Tomatoes: http://www.totallytomato.com /
Yellow Jelly Bean
Jelly Bean Hybrid
When I ordered from them in 2010 my order was $18.80 plus $3.95
shipping. I saw nothing on their site today that stated a minimum
order. I could have missed it. I try to order enough to make the
postage worth while.
I guess I was mistaken mistaken about a $25 minimum. It seems their
minimum today is $15 which it must have been in 2007, when I made my
last purchase from them for $18.75.
Select from 600 varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes
($15.00 minimum order required)
I avoid buying from them unless they have something I desperately want,
which they haven't for about 5 years now. They have a very good site,
which has pictures and information on many different tomatoes.
Their prices seem high though, e.g.
Tomatofest Marmande $3.95
Reimer Seed Marmande $2.50
Maybe they give you more seeds. I see that Johnny's seeds run around
If you're growing tomatoes this year, you may want to download a Power
Point Presentation at
Better Boy. I know it's not sexy, but the fruits are big and tasty and
the yield is good. I save the seeds even though it's a hybrid. I also
like Principe Borghese for drying (they taste good fresh too.)
Lots of good varieties out there.
I like the old varieties like Rutgers, Marglobe and so on.
I still remember eating lunch in the garden with just a salt shaker.
Corn on the ear and ripe tangy flavorful tomatoes.
We smeared a little butter on the corn and it was all we wanted.
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