What is the best tomato to grow?

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by jbolander, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. jbolander

    jbolander Hatching

    Apr 1, 2016
    Any suggestions on what tomatoes to start with? I want to start a veggie garden and tomatoes are a must for my household
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] Heirloom tomatoes are my favorites, and my favorite varieties are: Mortgage Lifter, Mr Stripey and Cherokee Purple. Good luck in establishing some plants. Home grown tomatoes are the best!
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  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I agree with sourland for the heirlooms. However, for a first time gardener, I'd go with Early Girl and Better Boy hybrids.
    Early Girls are the fastest to produce and Better Boys give a good all around tomato.

    For Heirlooms, I agree on the Cherokee Purple. I also like Black Krim, Garden Peach, White Beauty and Scarlet Red.
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  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    It all depends on what your using the tomatoes for and if you are buying the plants or starting the seeds.

    If your paining on starting the seeds your self --

    Good all around or out of hand eating tomato you could go with either Marglobe (size8oz.), Rutgers (size 8oz.), Pritchard (size 8oz.) or Delicious (size 1-2 lbs.) .
    Very good "show off" tomato that is still a good out of hand eating tomato go with a Porterhouse tomato (size 2-4 lbs.)
    Good paste tomato go with Roma (size 2 oz.)

    Another great all around tomato is the Campbell's 1327 (size 10oz.)

    I will also add IF your buying seeds and planting them yourself, buy them from a good, well name seed company.
    Companies like Stokes Seeds, Burpee Seeds, and Liberty Seeds have been around a long time and sell good trustworthy Non-Hybrid, Hybrid, and Heirloom seeds that have good germination and are true to type.
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I’ll mention cherry tomatoes. Obviously they are not much for slicing for a sandwich but they are very easy to grow and can be very prolific. It’s not a bad first tomato for someone to get their feet wet growing tomatoes. I always plant one near my garden gate so I can munch on a few as I enter and leave.

    You don’t mention where you are. Your growing season can have an effect on which varieties grow best for you. As someone once said, “All gardening is local”. Varieties or even certain veggies may do great for me but horrible for you depending on your growing season.

    I like 4th of July, a small red juicy hybrid from Burpee but has thin walls. I think the taste is great plus it normally keeps producing during my hot summers. Many varieties shut down in the heat. I also always grow Jubilee. That’s a large yellow tomato, good thick walls and a flavor I like.
  6. partorganic

    partorganic Hatching

    Apr 2, 2016
    For me a heirloom roma is the best. Yes there are better tasting heirlooms... And I grow a few mentioned above too .... But, with ease of growing, big yields/ long harvest time and all purpose eating & canning- roma is my go to tomato.
  7. Arielle

    Arielle Crowing

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Yellow Pear!!! it is a large indeterminate that can become HUGE. A tomato cage is a MUST. It is a fun tomato and seems to grow well, at least it does for us. It is late but well worth it. 1 1/2 - 2 inch clear yellow. And of course it looks like a pear.

    We plant several varieties. Some do better than others, depending on the weather. Our weather can be cool. Or rainy. Or very hot and dry. Hence, many varieties of tomatos here.
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  8. nin in PA

    nin in PA In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2016
    I seeded cherokee purple, rutgers, black krim, red cherry, red and pink brandywines, bush beefsteak, celebrity, delicious and san marzano
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  9. Circle-M-Farm

    Circle-M-Farm In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2016
    It hard to name a "best" tomato.
    I plant a few hundred tomatoes and dozens of each variety for my use and to sell and I have yet found a "perfect" tomato.
    There are a lot of good tomatoes out there but not one is what I would call the best tomato.

    I try to stay away from really old Heirloom varieties just because over the years there quality and type has changed drastically do to poor harvesting of the seeds, improper selection, and over all bad management. Some of the bigger seed suppliers still have decent quality but the little online "stores" are killing a lot of the heirloom varieties.

    I also try to stay away from a lot of the newer varieties mainly because they tend to lack taste and texture.

    What I do plant are older varieties that are still readily available from most good seed suppliers.
    These tomatoes not only still have good tomato type as in the fruit but also the plant itself still has good type.

    For me, you cant go wrong with Rutgers, Marglobe, Beefstake, Burpee's Delicious, Roma and Pritchard. There still a good tomato.
    * Note both Rutgers and Pritchard have Marglobe as a parent stock.*
  10. Arielle

    Arielle Crowing

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Dint realize Rutgers had mariglobe in it--that explains a lot about rutgers

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