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Exploring Tomatoes: A Guide for Gardeners

At Flowerland, we take pride in offering an extensive selection of tomato varieties to suit every gardener’s taste. Tomatoes are a staple in every garden, offering a burst of flavor and versatility in countless recipes. A new or even an established gardener may be overwhelmed by the wide range of tomato varieties available. Fear not! We’re here to help you navigate the world of tomatoes and introduce you to some popular and delicious varieties. Whether you prefer cherry tomatoes, beefsteaks, or roma types, there’s a tomato variety for everyone.

Exploring the Abundance of Tomatoes

With over 45 varieties of tomatoes available, here are a few of the exciting tomato varieties available:

Tomato Type Description
Amish Paste
Indeterminate
A meaty, flavorful heirloom tomato perfect for sauces and canning.
Artemis
Indeterminate
This cherry tomato produces sweet, juicy fruits in abundance.
Beefmaster
Indeterminate
A large, beefsteak-type tomato known for its size and excellent flavor.
Beefsteak
Indeterminate
A classic, meaty tomato variety with robust flavor, ideal for sandwiches and slicing.
Better Boy
Indeterminate
A popular hybrid tomato variety, offering good disease resistance and high yields.
Big Beef
Indeterminate
Another hybrid with large fruits, known for its "old time" sweet flavor and disease resistance.
Big Boy
Indeterminate
A well-known beefsteak tomato with large, juicy fruits and a rich taste.
Black Prince
Indeterminate
This heirloom tomato features dark, mahogany-colored fruits with a rich, smoky flavor.
Brandywine
Indeterminate
A highly regarded heirloom tomato known for its exceptional taste and large, pink fruits.
Canary Yellow
Determinate
A unique yellow cherry tomato with a sweet, tropical flavor and low acidity.
Carolina Gold
Determinate
This yellow tomato has a smooth firm texture and offers a sweet, mild taste.
Celebrity
Determinate
A reliable and disease-resistant hybrid tomato that produces medium-sized, flavorful fruits.
Champion
Indeterminate
A popular variety with good disease resistance, producing juicy, red tomatoes.
Cherokee Purple
Indeterminate
An heirloom tomato with a distinct flavor profile, often described as rich and smoky.
Delicious
Indeterminate
As the name suggests, this tomato offers a deliciously sweet flavor and is perfect for slicing.
Early Girl
Indeterminate
A versatile hybrid tomato that bears fruit early and consistently throughout the season.
Grape
Indeterminate
Small, bite-sized tomatoes with a super sweet flavor, perfect for snacking and salads.
Green Zebra
Indeterminate
This unique tomato variety features a green and yellow striped skin and offers a mild well balanced flavor.
Health Kick
Determinate
A smaller-sized sweet tomato with high levels of antioxidants and nutrients, ideal for patio containers and small gardens.
Husky
Indeterminate
A compact cherry tomato plant suitable for container gardening, or small gardens.
Independence Day (4th of July)
Indeterminate
A high-yielding tomato variety that ripens early and produces sweet, red fruits.
Jet Star
Indeterminate
A reliable, high yielding hybrid tomato with excellent flavor and disease resistance.
Jubilee
Indeterminate
A golden-orange heirloom tomato with a sweet and mild taste, perfect for fresh eating and slicing.
Lemon Boy
Indeterminate
This yellow tomato variety offers a mild, tangy, slightly sweet flavor and adds vibrant color to salads.
Marglobe
Determinate
A disease-resistant heirloom tomato with a classic tomato flavor, ideal for sauces and canning.
Mortgage Lifter
Indeterminate
A famous heirloom tomato known for its large size and delicious, meaty flesh.
Mountain Fresh
Determinate
A hardy and disease-resistant tomato variety with sweet flavor and smooth texture.
Mr. Stripey
Indeterminate
A visually striking heirloom, tomato with yellow and red stripes and a sweet, fruity taste.
Orange Oxheart
Indeterminate
This oxheart-shaped heirloom tomato boasts a rich, tangy flavor and vibrant orange color.
Patio
Determinate
A compact cherry tomato plant that is perfect for growing in containers.
Pear
Indeterminate
This small, pear-shaped tomato offers a sweet and tangy flavor, perfect for snacking and salads.
Pineapple
Indeterminate
Named for its tropical flavor, this heirloom tomato features a sweet and fruity taste with a hint of pineapple.
Pink Girl
Indeterminate
A hybrid tomato with large, pink fruits that have a balanced flavor and juicy texture.
Roma
Determinate
An Italian favorite, Roma tomatoes are meaty and have low moisture content, making them ideal for cooking sauces and canning.
Sugar Gloss
Indeterminate
This hybrid cherry tomato variety produces large, glossy fruits with high sugar content, delivering a sweet and flavorful taste.
Supersteak
Indeterminate
As the name suggests, this variety produces extra-large, juicy beefsteak tomatoes with exceptional flavor and meaty texture.
Sweet 100
Indeterminate
A popular cherry tomato variety that bears clusters of small, sweet fruits perfect for snacking and salads.

These are just a few examples of the tomato varieties we offer at Flowerland, and each one has its unique characteristics and flavors. From the rich sweetness of the Brandywine to the tangy zest of the Green Zebra, there’s a tomato for every palate.

Choosing the Right Tomatoes for Your Garden

When selecting tomato varieties, it’s essential to consider your gardening space, taste preferences, and specific needs. Here are a few factors to keep in mind:

Determinate vs. Indeterminate: Some tomato varieties are determinate, meaning they have a defined growth pattern and reach a specific height. Determinate tomatoes also tend to have bush-like habit and produce fruit over a short period of time. Indeterminate varieties continue to grow and produce fruit throughout the season. They tend to have a more vine-like habit that requires staking or other support. Determine the type that suits your garden space and desired harvest.

New vs. Heirloom: New varieties, developed through breeding programs, offer disease resistance, higher yields, and unique flavors. Heirloom varieties, on the other hand, are treasured for their historical significance and exceptional taste. They are pollinated by insects or wind rather than cross-breeding. Consider whether you want to explore the classics or try something new.

Nourish Your Tomatoes for Abundant Growth

To ensure your tomato plants thrive and produce an abundant harvest, it’s important to provide them with the necessary nutrients. Using a high-quality fertilizer specifically formulated for tomatoes is highly recommended. Look for a balanced fertilizer, like Espoma Tomato Tone, that contains essential macronutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, as well as micronutrients such as calcium and magnesium. By applying fertilizer according to the package instructions, you can help promote healthy growth, strong root development, and robust fruit production. Remember to follow the recommended fertilization schedule and adjust the application rates based on the specific needs of your tomato plants. With the right fertilizer, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a bountiful and flavorful tomato harvest.

Embark on your Tomato Growing Journey

As you embark on your tomato-growing journey, remember that experimentation is key. Plant a mix of varieties to enjoy a diverse and bountiful harvest. Whether you’re savoring the sweetness of cherry tomatoes or indulging in the rich flavors of beefsteak types, growing your own tomatoes is a rewarding experience. 

Visit your favorite Flowerland to explore our extensive collection of tomato varieties and bring home the perfect ones for your garden. Happy gardening and happy tomato feasting!

Note: Due to seasonality, the availability of specific tomato varieties varies in-stores. 

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