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Comparing Heirloom Tomato Varieties

Comparing Heirloom Tomato Varieties

Every spring I sell heirloom tomato plants at the farmers’ markets and I’m always trying to organize the information in a way that is not so overwhelming for people.  Based on the questions I have received over the years, I’ve put together a chart that is about comparing heirloom tomato varieties against each other.

Of course there are many varieties that do not show up in these charts. These varieties are the most popular varieties that have stood the test of time.  More information on flavor profiles can be found in this post.

Red globe heirloom tomatoes
Red globe heirloom tomatoes
Comparison of easy to grow heirloom tomatoes
Comparison of easy to grow heirloom tomatoes
Comparison of bi-colored heirloom tomatoes
Comparison of bi-colored heirloom tomatoes
Comparison of heirloom black tomatoes
Comparison of heirloom black tomatoes
Comparison of orange heirloom tomatoes
Comparison of orange heirloom tomatoes

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Lisa Sharpe

Thursday 17th of September 2020

Very helpful charts on tomatoes that are not as commonly grown. So thanks for that. Would you be willing to expand the charts to include some info about disease resistance? Thanks!

dorothy stainbrook

Friday 18th of September 2020

Thank you for the comment Lisa, it helps me know what is missing for people. That’s a good idea and I am more than willing to expand the charts. I won’t be able to get to it until next Spring when I start ordering specific varieties and culling the ones I currently grow. I will definitely make note to add more of that information to the charts! In the meantime, here is the post that I have related to disease. It’s mainly during the seedling stage, but that is the most critical time for the plants (now the soil related disease is a different story). Here is the link: https://farmtojar.com/signs-and-solutions-of-nutritional-deficiencies-in-heirloom-tomato-seedlings/

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[...] market.  For more specific information on size, growth habit, flavor, and disease resistance see this post which gives more in-depth information (*note that the previous post is for 2012 varieties, so a [...]

John Steinmeyer

Sunday 3rd of March 2013

Great Website!!

But I cannot find Cherokee :Purple listed anywhere. I am growing 20 plants this year for myself and friends and it is the most tasteful tomato we have tasted and very prolific.

Thanks for considering. John

Dorothy Stainbrook

Monday 4th of March 2013

Hi John, I go back and forth growing Cherokee Purple. I will be growing it this year, but didn't last year, so it wasn't in the roundup. I like Cherokee Purple... I just find it very similar to a lot of the other large pink-to-purple varieties, so I switch it up a bit.

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Thursday 13th of December 2012

[...] to the extent that I can in a blog post.  For a more complete summary of growing attributes,  see Heirloom Tomato Summary Charts.  For my favorite catalogs for ordering heirloom tomato seeds, see Top 5 Seed Catalogs for Heirloom [...]

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