Seeds from tomatoes can remain viable for 10 years or more, so it's easy enough to develop a collection of varieties.
Especially if you also save your own.
When I tell you, and this isn't bragging, that I have 43 packets of seeds that were given to me, saved, or purchased... well if you know me or have been reading here for a while, you won't be surprised. It's even worse when the oldest are only from 4 years ago.
It does present a problem though, as we don't own a farm and there has to be a cutoff.
So we narrowed it down to those listed below, a note as to whether they are heirloom (inc. open pollinated) or F1 hybrid, determinate or indeterminate, with a link where you can find seeds, and an explanation as needed.
Not that we need to be tempted into trying more varieties, but which have you chosen for this year?
|Variety||HL or F1||Habit||Notes|
|Roma*||HL||Dt||Great sauce type.|
|San Marzano*||HL||Dt||One of our favorite sauce types.|
|German Johnson*||HL||Ind||Our all-time favorite red/pink brandywine variety.|
|Pompeii||F1||Ind||Another delicious sauce type with good disease resistance.|
|Tiren||F1||Ind||Very early sauce type fruits.|
|Sungold*||F1||Dt||We saved our seeds from this hybrid and it will be fun to see what happens.|
|Jersey Devils*||HL||Ind||This is one of those varieties we originally got from a friend.|
|Pineapple*||HL||Ind||Have had these seeds for 2 years it's about time.|
|Kellogg's Breakfast*||HL||Ind||Heard so many good things about this one.|
|Goliath||F1||Ind||What can I say- it sounds perfect.|
|Big Rainbow*||HL||Ind||Caught me eye||sometimes it is just that simple.|
|Cherokee Purple*||HL||Ind||Tried these once before with little success- but everyone else raves so we'll give it another go.|
|AAS Chef's Choice Yellow||F1||Ind||Can't wait to try this latest AAS winner.|
|AAS Chef's Choice Green||F1||Ind||We trialed these last year and loved how they add great color variety.|
|Oregon Spring*||HL||Dt||Can take our cold Pa. springs better than any other.|
|Pink Oxheart*||HL||Ind||We just love the heart shape.|
|Cream Sausage*||HL||Dt||Our only white variety this year.|
|BHN-589*||F1||Dt||We grew this last year and it did very well in the wee greenhouse.|
*We were very happy to see these varieties were also recommended by Craig LeHoullier in his wonderful book Epic Tomatoes.
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NOTE: We are not financially affiliated with any of these seed companies. We do freely trial seeds for All-America Selections.