Tomato plants in many areas of the country will require some form of protection particularly where there are driving cold winds. In mild sheltered areas where tomatoes are grown under glass you can expect bumper crops in most summers.
If you intend growing tomato plants outdoors make sure you choose a variety that is suitable, otherwise it will all end in tears. If you are short on space you can always use large pots or growing bags. Regular watering and feeding is essential.
Before planting make sure the soil is rich in humus and well drained. Water regularly in dry weather and feed with a good tomato fertilizer.
There is no doubt at all that home grown tomatoes will taste better than a fruit of the same variety bought from a store.
Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and the seeds are high in fiber. The green parts are mildly poisonous, which is not surprising, as tomatoes are closely associated with both nightshade and tobacco. Tomatoes have become a flavorsome ingredient in many dishes, and are used fresh, canned, stewed or even sun-dried.
A cherry tomato is a smaller garden variety of tomato that has become extremely popular as a snack and in salads. Cherry tomatoes range in size from a thumbtip up to the size of a golf ball, and can range from being round to slightly oblong in shape. The more oblong ones often share characteristics with plum tomatoes, and are known as grape tomatoes.
The Super Sweet SunSugar Tomato matures in 62 days.
It produces heavy yields of very flavorful and juicy orange cherry tomatoes. Tomatoes grow in clusters and turn orange when mature.
This variety has thin skin and is crack resistant. Very sweet and very flavorful. Excellent in salads or eaten alone as a treat.
The Tumbling Tom Red Cherry Tomato is pretty to look at and great to eat! It's weeping habit trails 2 feet from baskets and tubs.
Finally , there is no more staking, stooping, and searching for tomatoes in the garden. Tumbling Tom puts big handfuls of luscious Cherries right at eye level.
This lovely "edible ornamental" is just perfect for hanging baskets, windowboxes, and tall containers where you want to show off the color and vigor of your favorite Tomato. 70 days to maturity from setting out transplant
The beefsteak tomato is amongst the largest tomato cultivars, with a few varieties weighing in at over 2 pounds per tomato. This meaty tomato is grown in a rainbow of colors, from vibrant red to pale yellow to purple-black.
Instead of maintaining a completely spherical shape as it develops, the beefsteak tomato takes on a decided kidney-bean shape, spreading out to the sides.
It is one of the slowest-maturing tomatoes, with the largest beefsteak cultivars taking up to 90 days to produce ripe fruit.
These Black Cherry Tomatoes are one of our favorite tomatoes growing to about 1.5 inches in diameter. These large bushy plants grow up to 8' tall.
They are very easy to grow and take just 65 days to maturity.
If you want to grow bushels of tomatoes the size of grapefruits the Giant Tree Tomato can do just that. Growing up to 8 feet tall, each plant yields up to 60 lbs of extra large tomatoes.
Can you imagine growing tomatoes as big as grapefruits! 20 slices from a single tomato, or how about 60 lbs of tomatoes from one plant?
Your Tomato tree will be loaded down with more tomatoes in just one week than most plants produce in an entire season. Producing up to 60 pounds of super size tomatoes for less than a penny a piece.