This page has the full list of available tomato varieties. Please click on a color, shape or specialty to narrow your search.
Indeterminate (Ind.): An indeterminate is a plant that sets fruit and continues to grow and set fruit right up to the frost. A couple of weeks before frost you can top off the plant so it will concentrate on ripening the fruit instead of growing. You will get a lot of fruit from this type of plant, especially cherry tomatoes. Plants can get very tall and will need some form of support. Those little cages you get at stores are meant for determinates and will not handle a large indeterminate plant. Staking or making a cage of concrete reinforcing wire works great for support.
Determinate (Det.): A determinate is a plant that grows and sets fruit, matures that fruit and is done. A few determinates may set one more flush of fruit. The top of the plant ends in a fruiting cluster and does not continue to grow. They tend to be shorter plants 4-5’ and under and are good for growing in containers. Many canning tomatoes are determinates which is good for having a lot of fruit ripen at one time to process.
Days to Maturity: Please be aware that all Days to Maturity are possibilities not guarantees. They will always depend on weather and growing conditions. Cloudy, cooler or even hotter weather can all add to the length of time to produce fruit and ripen. Daytime temperatures above 85 or 90 degrees or nighttime temps below 50 or over 70 degrees can cause blossom drop which leads to lower production. Days to maturity are based on ideal conditions and observations of myself and seed suppliers.
Production: Many people think heirloom tomatoes have poor production. Some varieties do not produce a lot of fruit, but many people think their awesome flavor is worth it. Other varieties will surprise you with their production. Production depends on many things, especially growing conditions and of course, the weather.
Tomatoes come in many colors and sizes. Picking the “best" tomato depends on your intended use. Most gardeners are naturally looking for great fresh eating varieties, but don’t forget those good for salsa, roasting, making sauces and more. Many tomatoes have great reputations for flavor but remember, flavor is a personal thing, so you will really have to try the tomato and taste it for yourself. With hundreds to pick from, come enjoy the many flavors of heirloom tomatoes.