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Sun Sugar Yellow Cherry Tomato
Although called yellow cherry, these little tomatoes are orange at their peak, making almost more bite-sized bursts of sweetness than you can imagine on each plant. A single healthy plant is capable of producing hundreds. Several years ago, Sun Sugar was named by Sunset magazine as the best tasting tomato in their trials for its sweetness and rich tomato flavor that includes just the right amount of tartness. This disease-resistant plant is one of our very best cherry tomatoes and are easy to grow. The fruits are fantastic for salads or to just set out in bowls for snacking. Give the vines plenty of room; they can get 7 feet long or more and will bear through heat until frost, so give them a tall cage for support. Plants are resistant to fusarium wilt and tomato mosaic virus.
Cherokee Purple - Heirloom Tomato
Heirloom. Cherokee Purple seeds, originating from Tennessee, are thought to have been passed down from Native Americans of the Cherokee tribe. This heirloom tomato variety consistently ranks very high in taste tests. Slice Cherokee Purple tomato for rich, dark color and unmatched sweet, rich taste on sandwiches or in salads. The tomato is a beautiful dusky pink with a deep, rich-red interior. Cherokee Purple grows well in most regions of the U.S. Let the fruit ripen on the vine for the best flavor. This one is a consistent taste test winner at tomato fests around the country. For an heirloom, it is a good producer. In our Alabama test garden, where conditions are ideal and the season is long, we harvest and average of 20 or more fruits from each plant. Vigorous vines benefit from strong staking or caging.
Super Sweet 100 Tomato
When Sweet 100 tomato was first introduced it created a buzz among gardeners because it is so tasty and produces for such a long time. Now, its improved cousin, Super Sweet 100 hybrid, bears the same long, branched clusters of deliciously sweet tomatoes high in sugar and vitamin C. But Super Sweet 100 is known to be more disease resistant, giving plants a better chance where certain problems may be soil-borne. You'll be eating them right off the vine before they ever make it to the salad bowl! They are perfect for snacking, salads, and even juice. Super Sweet 100 lives up to its name, especially when harvested at the peak of ripeness. The indeterminate vines continue bearing until frost. Give them a tall support because they grow and grow over the top of the cage and back down again. Resistant to verticillium wilt (V) and fusarium wilt (F).
A native of the Mediterranean region and member of the mint family, rosemary is a lovely, easy-to-grow plant with great culinary and ornamental value. A striking, upright evergreen shrub that is winter-hardy in zones 8 to 10, it fills the air with its fragrance as soon as you brush your hand across the leaves. The key to growing rosemary is a well-drained soil that stays evenly moist at first; as the plant takes root it becomes increasingly drought tolerant. It is also excellent for containers, which lets gardeners in colder climates to bring it indoors in the winter. Unlike most herbs, rosemary has a stronger flavor when fresh than when dried. Cut sprigs anytime for fresh use. Trim it regularly to encourage tender new stems or the plant will get woody. It's hard to have too much rosemary. The plant has so many uses that it will be enjoyed all the time. Just a few cut stems will fill a room with fragrance.
Better Boy Tomato
High yields of smooth skinned, large fruit earn Better Boy a spot as one of the most popular tomatoes grown in the US and as one of our all time best sellers. The fruit has excellent classic tomato flavor with just the right balance of acid and sugar. This is a great slicing tomato. It is widely adapted throughout the country. Grow it in a tall cage or tie to a stake for support. The indeterminate vines are resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt (F), and nematodes (N). Organic varieties are only available at retailers.
Husky Red Cherry Tomato
This super sweet cherry tomato is a best seller because of its flavor, productivity, and good looks. If you like to snack on cherry tomatoes, this is a great choice. One of the popular "Husky" series developed especially for home gardens, the plant is stout, dark green and really pretty; it's one of the prettiest tomato plants that we grow. The vines are dwarf indeterminate, making them short and husky like a determinate type, usually between 3 and 4 feet, yielding clusters of tasty little cherry tomatoes in a small space over a long period of time. Perfect for pots, too. The dwarf vines stay neat and compact, but give the plant a little support on a stake or cage to keep it upright in rain and wind. Many juicy, sweet cherry tomatoes are borne on vines resistant to verticillium wilt (V) and fusarium wilt (F). Organic varieties are only available at retailers.
Beefsteak Red Tomato
Beefsteaks are always grown for their flavor and size for slicing and summer sandwiches. This variety produces large, meaty red fruit over a long season on indeterminate plants. Because it matures late compared to many other tomatoes, it will provide a fresh harvest in the latter part of the season. This is an old favorite beloved by gardeners in the Northeast and grown throughout the country. Vigorous vines grow best in tall cages. Resistant to fusarium wilt (F) and nematodes (N).
Prized for its use in tomato paste and sauces, Roma produces a large harvest of thick-walled, meaty, bright red, egg-shaped tomatoes about 3 Inches Long and with few seeds. This tomato is not juicy. This is not a slicing tomato. Instead, the flesh is thick and drier so that it will cook down into a thick sauce. Cooking intensifies flavor, too. If you can tomatoes, make your own spaghetti sauce, or like to chop a tomato into an omelet, this is a great choice. It's not too juicy in the pan compared to slicing tomatoes. The fruit freezes well for later cooking, too. The compact, determinate vines are resistant to verticillium wilt (V) and fusarium wilt (F) and widely adapted throughout the US. Organic varieties are only available at retailers.
Big Beef Tomato
For years gardeners wanted a large, beefsteak-type tomato that was delicious, early to bear, and highly disease resistant. Finally in 1994 those wishes came true with Big Beef. The large fruit has old-time tomato flavor and the vines are resistant to many of the problems that can discourage gardeners. The fruit is borne on vigorous, indeterminate vines from summer until frost. Compared to other beefsteak types, Big Beef is early and will set fruit reliably even in cool, wet weather. We harvest dozens of tomatoes from each plant in our Alabama test garden, where the harvest season lasts two full months and the growing conditions are very good. It grows well throughout the country, earning it an All America Selections designation in 1994; it has since grown to be a national favorite. Vines grow long, so give the plant the support of a tall cage or stake.Resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt (F) races 1 and 2, nematodes (N), and alternaria stem canker (ASC), gray leaf spot (St), and tobacco mosaic virus (TMV).For gardeners who enjoy plant history and interesting facts, Colen Wyatt, the breeder of this variety, was one of the most successful home garden vegetable plant breeders in the last half of the 20th century. He also bred Celebrity and Husky Gold tomatoes, which are both also AAS Winners.
Celebrity vines bear clusters of medium-large tomatoes that are prized for their flavor. This is a great, all-round, dependable choice for your "basic" tomato needs -- sandwiches, slicing, snacks, and bruschetta. Gardeners love that the plants are quite resistant to disease, too. The large, meaty fruit with exceptional flavor are borne on dependable, strong vines that benefit from the support of a cage or stake to keep them upright, especially when loaded with fruit. Celebrity is sometimes considered a semi-determinate tomato plant, because it grows to a certain height (3 to 4 feet) but continues to produce fruit all season until frost. Resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt races 1 and 2 (F), nematodes, and tobacco mosaic virus (T).
Early Girl Tomato
When gardeners talk about the "first" tomatoes, Early Girl is always there. This may be the most all-round popular hybrid to satisfy that itch for the first fresh tomato of the season. Use them for slicing on a place, into a salad, or on a sandwich. This a proven all-round early hybrid. Use it to jump start your harvest. Early Girl bears lots of fruit for early harvest, but because the vines are indeterminate, they continue producing through summer. In our Alabama test garden, where conditions are ideal and the growing season is long, we harvest an average of 300 tomatoes from each Early Girl plant! Many gardeners plant it again late in the summer so that it will produce a huge fresh crop of "fall tomatoes" quickly before frost.Resistant to verticillium wilt (V) and fusarium wilt races 1 and 2 (F).
Big Boy Tomato
The name, Big Boy, is easy to remember and so is the flavor. This is a big, sandwich-type slicer with smooth, bright red fruit and a flavor that everybody likes. It bears heavily in mid-season, yet the indeterminate vines continue fruiting (though not as heavily) until frost. Plants in our Alabama test garden, where conditions are excellent, have yielded 100 tomatoes each through a 10-week harvest season. Long vines need staking, or grow the plant in a tall cage. Resistant to cracking.
Sweet Sturdy Grace Tomato
Grow a bouquet of sweet treats right on your balcony or sunny kitchen windowsill. Part of the Bonnie® Reserve Collection, the Sweet Sturdy Grace Tomato provides the perfect compact size for indoor or balcony gardening—without compromising delicious flavor and abundant harvests. These incredibly sweet, yellow cherry tomatoes make the perfect addition to salads or kebabs, or eat them fresh by the handful. You won’t be able to resist popping a few in your mouth as you pass this pretty, petite plant! Easy to grow and disease resistant. The plant grows only 12 inches tall on sturdy stems—no need for supports. Great for containers or planted in the garden. Place in full sun and feed regularly. Matures in 70 to 84 days. *Image Credit: Sweet Sturdy™ F1 - Grace © Prudac & Visions
Tami G Grape Tomato
Gardeners who have grown Tami G grape tomatoes appreciate her hybrid qualities, both in the garden and at the table. These firm, sweet, dark-red grape tomatoes grow 1 1/4 inch long x 3/4 inch wide, perfect for a healthy snack or salad. Tami G grape tomatoes grow into a vigorous vine that can reach 8 to 9 feet tall in a season, easily growing over the top of the cage and back down again. Because this variety is disease resistant, you will enjoy an extended harvest. This makes an absolutely beautiful branch of grape tomatoes that you can lay out on a table and let folks pick their own from the stem (like grapes). It's a crowd pleaser. Resistant to fusarium wilt (F), alterneria stem canker (ASC), gray leaf spot (St), and bacterial spec race 0.
Ponchi Mi Tomato
Imagine growing tasty, healthy snacks right on your kitchen counter or sunny windowsill! Part of the Bonnie® Reserve Collection, the Ponchi Mi Tomato takes garden-to-table meals to the next level. The petite, compact plant grows beautifully in well-lit, small spaces, producing terrific harvests of sweet, bright-red fruit that’s easily grown, harvested, and enjoyed indoors or out. The clearly-visible fruit grows on top of the plant, making a pretty addition to indoor décor or balcony planters, as well as a convenient, flavorful ingredient in your favorite meals. Easy to grow and disease resistant. The plant grows only 6 inches tall, so no need for supports. Great for containers or planted in the garden, too. Place in full sun and feed regularly. Matures in 56 to 63 days. *Image Credit: Ponchi™ F1- Mi © Prudac
Tidy Rose Tomato
If you love the rich flavor of heirloom tomatoes but prefer the higher yields and less fuss of newer varieties, you’ll adore Tidy Rose Tomato, part of the Bonnie® Reserve Collection. The beautiful pink, deeply ribbed fruit tastes as good as it looks, with complex, sweet, delicious tomato flavor. The plant stays nicely compact, producing 5- to 7-ounce fruit all summer. Enjoy Tidy Rose tomatoes on sandwiches, in Caprese salad, or in tomato pie. Great for containers or planted in the garden. This compact indeterminate vine grows 36 to 60 inches tall, remaining relatively short, like a determinate vine, but producing fruit all season long. Add a strong cage or stake to your tomato when planting. Place in full sun and feed regularly. Matures in 60 to 65 days. Resistant to fusarium wilt (F1), verticillium wilt (V).
Bush Goliath Tomato
Goliath hybrid tomatoes have classic beefsteak shape and flavor with firm, light red fruit that have few seeds. In our Alabama test garden, where conditions are ideal and the harvest season is long, we harvest 70 or more fruit from each Goliath plant. The indeterminate vines are vigorous, so you will want to stake them or use a tall cage. Resistant to many diseases: verticillium wilt (V), fusarium races 1 ; 2 (FF), nematodes (N), and tobacco mosaic virus (T).).
Bonnie Original Tomato
Bonnie Original hybrid was developed especially for us decades ago and continues to be a favorite. It has earned a reputation for exceptional flavor and high yields throughout the growing season. The medium-sized slicing tomatoes are great for sandwiches, hors d'oeuvres, and salads. Indeterminate vines yield smooth, uniform fruit through the summer until frost. This is the one that Bonnie employees grow at home.Resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt (F), and nematodes (N).
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German Queen Heirloom Tomato
Heirloom. This old-fashioned beefsteak has large, sweet fruits that are lower in acid and quite meaty, making them perfect for slicing. The indeterminate vines will grow tall and bear fruit all summer long, so be sure to stake strongly or cage. One slice makes a great sandwich filling!
Yellow Pear Heirloom Cherry Tomato
Heirloom. Long, indeterminate vines produce a seemingly endless supply of mild flavored, pear-shaped tomatoes all summer. The tiny tomatoes are borne in clusters. This is one of the prettiest tomatoes in the garden -- it's beautiful in salads! This variety is known to bear fruit dependably through summer weather. Vines can grow 8 feet or longer, so give them a tall support or place to ramble. Moderately resistant to late blight (LB).
Tumbling Tom Yellow Tomato
Fill a few hanging baskets with Tumbling Tom Yellow tomatoes for an eye-catching — and tasty — show. Stems cascade freely from hanging baskets, tall containers, or window boxes, and when they're loaded with lemon yellow fruit, the effect is striking. You'll get a harvest of up to four pounds of tomatoes per plant, with new fruit ripening throughout the summer. These plants have a trailing growth habit, so they don't need staking. Tuck one to two into a tall pot or large hanging basket. Resistant to fusarium wilt, verticillium wilt, and nematodes.
Sunrise Sauce Tomato
Grow gorgeous, bright orange, Roma-type tomatoes perfect for sauce—right on your patio or balcony! Sunrise Sauce produces high yields of sweet, pretty fruits on short vines, perfect for container growing. Most fruit ripens within a concentrated period, which makes the variety ideal for preserving. The flavorful, high quality tomatoes are meaty, easy to peel, and cook down quickly, making tomato processing painless. Great for fresh eating, but the flavor becomes even more intense when cooked. The low maintenance, determinate vine is resistant to fusarium wilt (F) and verticillium wilt (V).
Summer Set Tomato
High temperatures don't usually affect fruit set on Summer Set tomato. This hybrid tomato has the genes to set fruit even during summer's intense heat. The large, globe-shaped tomatoes boast a firm texture and ripen relatively quickly. Count on Summer Set to add classic tomato flavor to salads and sandwiches. Fruit resists cracking even during the rainiest growing conditions. Since plants are only semi-determinate, plan to stake or cage them at the time of planting.
Rutgers Heirloom Tomato
Heirloom. An old favorite, Rutgers is proven to be highly productive. The large, red fruits have a thick flesh with superior flavor. Strong determinate vines yield a large initial crop followed by several flushes of fruit. This is one of those classic tomatoes that has been used as a parent in the breeding of many other hybrids. Seldom has problems with cracking. Resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt (F), and alternaria stem canker (A).
Seattle's Best Heirloom Tomato
Heirloom. Seattle's Best of All is a good choice for the cool climate of the Pacific Northwest, where earliness and the ability to fruit without a lot of accumulated hot weather is important. This is a mild tasting, slicing tomato that comes in toward the end of the early season varieties.Vines are vigorous and benefit from strong staking or tall cages. Only available in the following states, in limited quantities: CA, WA
San Marzano Tomato
Heirloom. Discover why gourmet and home chefs around the world seek out San Marzano tomatoes. These teardrop-shaped, meaty, plum-type tomatoes are famous for their sweet, complex flavor that creates a fabulous pasta sauce. Choose San Marzano tomatoes if you like to can whole tomatoes, whip up homemade tomato sauce, or freeze slow-roasted tomatoes. These tomatoes also taste great chopped into salads and sliced onto sandwiches. These vigorous indeterminate tomatoes produce heavy fruit loads and need sturdy, tall stakes or cages. Expect vines to bear fruit right up to frost. Tuck one plant into a 10-gallon container or half whiskey barrel. San Marzano tomatoes resistant to verticillium wilt and fusarium wilt races 1 and 2.
Pink Girl Tomato
Pink Girl is a large, juicy hybrid tomato that weighs up to one-half pound. The fruit is pearly pink with mild flavor and good resistance to cracking. Vigorous plants bear throughout the summer, and need to be staked or caged. Resistant to verticillium (V), fusarium (F), alternaria stem canker (A), and gray leaf spot (St).
Pink Brandywine Heirloom Tomato
Heirloom. This popular beefsteak-sized, Amish tomato produces rosy pink fruits loaded with an old-fashioned tomato taste that has been prized for decades. It is considered one of the benchmarks for intense tomato flavor. The indeterminate vines are vigorous, so use tall cages. Vines yield tomatoes that ripen gradually until frost. Plants have "potato leaf" foliage. The tangy taste of Brandywine is a gourmet cook's delight.
Patio hybrid is excellent for containers and small gardens, bearing tasty 3 to 4 oz tomatoes on strong, compact plants that grow only 2 feet tall. The stout stems generally do not need much staking at first, but it won't hurt to have stake or small cage to keep them upright in wind and rain, especially when loaded with fruit. This little plant is surprisingly productive. In our Alabama test garden, where growing conditions are very good, it yields 50 or more tomatoes per plant over an 8-week harvest period. Perfect for containers. Patio is resistant to fusarium wilt (F), alternaria stem canker (A), and gray leaf spot (St). Widely adapted throughout the US.
Park's Whopper Improved Tomato
If the classic Park's Whopper could be improved, this tomato does it with greater disease resistance, higher yield, and a longer growing season. Big, juicy, meaty sandwich-sized tomatoes appear early on indeterminate vines that continue until frost. Plants in our Alabama test garden, where conditions are ideal and the harvest lasts two months, bear 60 to 80 pounds of tomatoes. These vines are vigorous, so be sure to stake or cage well. Resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt races 1 and 2 (F), nematodes (N), and tobacco mosaic virus (T).
Mr. Stripey Heirloom Tomato
Heirloom. These huge, beefsteak-type red-and yellow fruits with a high sugar content are delicious and pretty to slice because of the bi-coloring. Although the variety is called Mr. Stripey, don't expect perfect stripes. This is an heirloom and no two tomatoes are ever the same. The background color of the tomato is yellow to light orange, and the red often appears in little spots that align themselves in stripes radiating from the stem end of the fruit. Indeterminate vines produce through the season; they are vigorous, so use tall cages. Popular in the mid-South and beyond. Resistant to late blight (LB).
Marion Heirloom Tomato
Heirloom. Developed by the USDA vegetable station in Charleston, South Carolina in 1960, Marion is open-pollinated and well adapted to the South. A Rutgers type, but earlier and more disease-resistant. Indeterminate vines bear smooth, deep-globed, and crack resistant fruit all season. High yielding and vigorous, so be sure to stake or cage. A great slicing tomato. Resistant to fusarium wilt (F) and gray leaf spot (St). Only available in the following state, in limited quantity: MS
Lemon Boy Yellow Tomato
Lemon Boy hybrid is an eye-catching tomato with wonderful color and flavor. The deep globe fruit is slightly tangy, but also sweet and mild, meaty, and smooth — perfect for slicing. Adds visual interest to the garden! Vines grow rather tall, so be sure to stake or cage the plant. The highly adaptable indeterminate vines are resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt (F), nematodes (N), alternaria stem canker (A), and gray leaf spot (St).
Jet Star Tomato
Heavy yields of firm, meaty, low-acid tomatoes are crack-resistant and especially popular in the northern US since its introduction in 1969. The vines are indeterminate but fairly compact. Plants in our Alabama test garden, where conditions are excellent and the harvest season is long, yield more than 100 tomatoes each over a period of couple of months. Resistant to verticillium wilt (V) and fusarium wilt (F).
Juliet Roma Grape Tomato
Slightly larger than the well-known Santa grape tomato, Juliet bears delicious, sweet fruit on indeterminate vines. Some gardeners refer to it as a mini Roma because of the shape. The wonderfully sweet fruit are crack resistant and remain in good condition on the vine longer than most cherry tomatoes. The fruit are as soft and juicy as cherry tomatoes, they hold up well in salads, even leftovers, and they have a longer shelf life so you can keep them on hand without picking every day. The vigorous vines set lots of fruit on long trusses and keep setting fruit throughout the summer. Quite heat tolerant. Vines are long and vigorous, so give the plant room to tumble over its cage. One of the longest-lasting tomatoes in the garden. Hybrid. Resistant to early blight (AB). Tolerant to late blight (LB).
Homestead Heirloom Tomato
Heirloom. An old favorite dating from 1954. Developed by the University of Florida especially for hot climates and known for its reliability to set fruit at high temperatures. Produces firm, meaty tomatoes. Large vines help shade fruit to protect from sunburn, and will need to be staked or caged. Plants in our test garden, where the growing conditions are ideal, bear an average of 50 pounds of fruit over a 6 to 7 week period. Resistant to fusarium wilt (F). Only available in the following states, in limited quantities: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX
Heatmaster holds its own in hot Southern gardens, where temperatures are frequently high. A determinate hybrid tomato, plants produce strongly oblong fruits perfect for halving or quartering into salads. Medium-size fruits typically ripen in roughly 75 days. Heatmaster performs well as a fall crop in warmer zones. Plants are resistant to alternaria stem canker (Aal), gray leaf spot (Ss), verticillium (V), fusarium (F), tomato mosaic virus (ToMV), and Southern root-knot nematode (Mi/Ma/Mj).
Golden Jubilee Heirloom Tomato
Heirloom. First introduced in 1943 as an All-America Selection, Jubilee bears large tomatoes with very meaty, thick-walled interiors and mild flavor. The globe-shaped, golden-orange fruit is similar to Sunray. Has meaty, thick walls and few seeds. High yielding. The indeterminate vines benefit from strong staking or caging, and are widely adapted throughout the US except in northernmost portions. Resistant to alternaria stem canker (A).
German Johnson Heirloom Tomato
Heirloom. For quality that has stood the test of time, German Johnson stands tall — literally. These big, pink-red tomatoes are borne on robust plants that can fill a tomato cage and drape back down again. Give them at least 3 feet between plants and then pick the flavorful sandwich-sized slicers as they ripen. The number of tomatoes may be less than other varieties, but the ones you bring to the table will be worthy of their space in the garden. In our Alabama test garden, where conditions are ideal and the season is long, we harvested an average of 40 fruits per plant. German Johnson calls North Carolina home, so it is suited to life in humidity. This one is a favorite at farmers' markets in the Carolinas in the summer when the local crops come in. Be sure to stake strongly or cage.
Debut Hybrid Tomato
Can’t wait for that first tomato? Debut yields flavor-filled slicer tomatoes in 70 days. Its compact size makes this tomato is the perfect choice for growing in a container on a deck or patio. Plant one plant per 18- to 20-inch-wide pot. Plants look great teamed with dwarf marigold flowers, or underplant them with colorful leaf lettuces. Debut Hybrid bears prolifically, and fruits are large (8 to 10 Ounces). So even though these are determinate tomatoes, plants benefit from staking in both container and garden settings. Resistant to fusarium wilt (F) and verticillium wilt (V).
For gardeners and cooks in Louisiana, summer is not summer without Creole tomatoes. Although relatively late to ripen, those loyal to Creole tomatoes are willing to wait. Creole tomatoes can tolerate heat and humidity, ripening into a meatier-than-average tomato with outstanding flavor. Developed at LSU for warm, humid areas, the indeterminate vines delight gardeners with high yields of juicy fruit that resists cracking. Vines are vigorous, so use tall cages. Resistant to fusarium wilt and alternaria stem canker. Only available in the following states, in limited quantities: LA, MS
Cherokee Carbon Tomato
A gorgeous dusky purple beefsteak with rich, complex flavor, this hybrid is a cross between two heirloom taste-test winners, Cherokee Purple and Carbon. Makes one of the most delicious tomato sandwiches you’ll ever taste! Cherokee Carbon tends to produce more fruit than either of its parents. Plants can get pretty tall, so be sure to support them with strong stakes or sturdy cages.
Grow garden candy—or at least, make kids think that you do! Candyland Cherry Tomato produces loads of tiny, tasty treats, perfect for popping in your mouth straight from the vine. A currant-type tomato, the fruit is smaller than a typical cherry tomato, but the super-sweet flavor makes a big impression, especially for people who think they don’t like tomatoes. Ideal for tarts, flatbreads, and salads, you’ll adore the big harvest of these little cuties. Indeterminate vines grow best in tall cages or staked.
Bush Early Girl Tomato
This hybrid is a relative of the well-known standard-sized Early Girl yet produces more tomatoes than many other compact varieties. The determinate vines form strong bushes perfect for containers. Bush Early Girl bears a surprising number of delicious tomatoes in a small garden or a pot. In our Alabama test garden, where growing conditions are ideal and the season is long, we average 100 tomatoes or more from each plant. Resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt races 1 and 2 (F), nematodes (N), and tobacco mosaic virus (T).
Bradley Heirloom Tomato
Heirloom. An old variety from the University of Arkansas, this indeterminate vine produces pink, mild fruit until frost. Excellent, smooth fruit, with a nice fresh-market quality. Also popular for canning and freezing. Vines benefit from strong staking or caging. Resistant to fusarium wilt (F), alterneria stem canker (A), and stemphylium.
Black Prince Heirloom Tomato
Heirloom. Admittedly, it is difficult to imagine growing tomatoes in Siberia, but this delicious heirloom hails from that very region. This is a fairly early tomato, and one that is more apt to set fruit in cool climates. The small, dark-red, slightly pear-shaped fruits begin maturing a little more than 2 months after planting, no matter where you live. Black Prince has been a very productive heirloom in our test garden, yielding from 25 to 40 pounds of tomatoes per plant over a 3-month harvest season. The flavor is worthy of a chef's table! Vigorous vines grow best in tall cages.
Black Cherry Tomato
This truly black cherry tomato was bred in Florida by the late Vince Sapp. Pick loads of these perfectly round, dark fruits with rich, sweet, dynamic flavor from just one plant. Great for shish-kebabs, salads (they're striking!), or just eating in the garden. Vines are quite vigorous, so use a tall cage. Open-pollinated.
Heirloom. Developed by Auburn University back in 1966, this is a popular tomato in the Deep South, where it performs well in the humid climate. Produces firm, smooth, meaty red fruits all season long. Plants in our test garden, which is 40 miles from Auburn University, yield about 50 pounds of tomatoes each in about two months! The meaty fruit makes a great sandwich tomato. Strong vines. Atkinson, which was developed in 1966, is similar to another old favorite, Marion. Resistant to fusarium wilt (F) and nematodes (N). Only available in the following states, in limited quantities: AL, AR, GA, FL, LA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX
Better Bush Tomato
This is a great choice that bears sizeable fruits on a very compact plant that works well in containers and small gardens. Especially strong, bushy plants bear truly tasty, medium-sized tomatoes great for sandwiches and slicing. The heavy foliage of this hybrid helps protect tomatoes from sunburn. In our Alabama test garden where the growing season is long and the soil is ideal, plants produce from 90 to 120 tomatoes each over a two-month harvest period. Keep the big harvest going with successive, monthly plantings through July for a fall harvest. Plants are strong and upright, but will still do best in a small cage or on a stake for support. Resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt (F), and nematodes (N). Organic varieties are only available at retailers.
Arkansas Traveler Heirloom Tomato
Try this heirloom slicer tomato Originating before 1900 in the Ozark Mountains, Arkansas Traveler is prized for very flavorful, medium-sized tomatoes that resist cracking and keep on coming, even in drought and hot weather. Taste is mild, like the pink color of the fruit. Popular in its home state and beyond. Indeterminate vines do best in tall cages. Only available in the following states, in limited quantities: northern AL; Lonoke, AR; Howe, OK; western TN
A great garden tomato, this variety is especially popular in Texas, where it made its debut at the 2004 and 2005 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Amelia is a hybrid with outstanding disease resistance and resistance to cracking. High-yielding vines bear tomatoes prized for their flavor. Because it makes a nice, neat plant, Amelia is cooperative in containers, too. One of the few tomatoes resistant to spotted wilt virus, it is popular not only in Texas, but throughout the Southeast. These big tomatoes are the size expected from a home garden. Amelia produces a lot of tomatoes (20 to 30 pounds per plant) over about a month's harvest time in our Alabama test garden, where the growing conditions are excellent. Resistant to verticillium wilt (V and V1), fusarium wilt races 1, 2, and 3 (F1, 2, 3), nematodes (N), stemphyllium (ST), and tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV). Only available in the following states, in limited quantities: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, SC, TN
Ace 55 Heirloom Tomato
Heirloom. Large, deep red fruit with low acid content--one of the few red tomatoes to be able to make that claim. Crack-resistant. Heavy foliage shades fruit to protect from it sunburn. Plant is not overly tall, but still benefits from staking. Good for containers. This tried and true variety is resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt (F), and alternaria stem canker (ASC). Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available in your local area, due to different variables in certain regions. Also, if any variety is a limited, regional variety it will be noted on the pertinent variety page.