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Comparing Heirloom Tomato Varieties: Growth Characteristics

Comparing Heirloom Tomato Varieties: Growth Characteristics
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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 compares popular heirloom tomato varieties against each other.

Of course there are many varieties that do not show up in these charts. While the charts below primarily compare growth characteristics, I also wrote a post that compares heirloom tomatoes by flavor in each of their color categories

Although these charts were developed in 2012, very little has changed. I still grow most of these.

Red Globe (aka Slicer) Heirloom Tomatoes

Red globe heirloom tomatoes

Easy to Grow Heirloom Tomatoes

Comparison of easy to grow heirloom tomatoes
Comparison of easy to grow heirloom tomatoes

Bi-Color (Striped) and White Heirloom Tomatoes

Comparison of bi-colored heirloom tomatoes

Black Tomatoes

Comparison of heirloom black tomatoes

Orange Heirloom Tomatoes

Comparison of orange heirloom tomatoes

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