(Solanum lycopersicum) This crop, native to the Americas, has become the most popular garden crop over the last 200 years. We offer an amazing selection of many of the finest old varieties in lots of delicious colors! A few heirloom varieties have plants that don't get quite so large. Called "determinate" varieties, these grow to a certain size and then set all their fruit more or less at once. Determinates may be a better choice where tomatoes are grown in a very small garden, or in containers. All varieties are believed to be 'indeterminate' (long vines), unless specified 'determinate' (short vines). The best-tasting varieties tend to be indeterminate, and most of ours are unless otherwise noted. For many reasons, it is highly recommended to start your seeds indoors and transplant out. First, the tomato is a long season crop and northern growers will want a jump start, but also tomatoes greatly benefit from transplanting as it helps them to grow into a more sturdy plant. Seeds germinate in 7-14 days. Ideal germination temperature is 70-80 F. Sow seeds 1/8 inch deep. Transplant outdoors after all chance of frost have passed. Tomatoes have a unique ability to grow extra roots along their stems, which helps the plant to become better established and take up nutrients, so it is wise to dig a deep hole and plant the tomato so that the bottom few inches of stem are below the soil line. (Note: this ability is unique to tomatoes and planting deep in this manner will kill or harm other plants.) Plant in full sun. Plants prefer rich, well-drained soil and regular watering. Space plants 24-36 inches apart (determinate tomatoes can be planted 18-24 inches apart).
Unique, tasty and versatile, the Korean Long tomato is a sauce or slicing tomato with meaty flesh and superb flavor. The long pinkish red fruit has a slightly curved pointed nose or tail and ranges between 6-14 ounces, with some fruit being more heart shaped. A crack-resistant paste tomato that is productive, reliable and bursting with heirloom flavor. This sumptuous and flavorful variety is delicious fresh or cooked.
75 days. A favorite variety, introduced from Russia. One of the most beautiful and attractive tomatoes we have ever grown. It is very ribbed and pleated, but otherwise very uniform, large and perfect looking, being a vibrant watermelon-pink color with cream colored speckles that really make the fruit sparkle and glisten. Short, indeterminate plants produce a large mass of these fruit in a thick clustered area in the center of the plant. The flavor is sweet, mild and good; flesh is firm and the seeds are very few.
The flavor of this big paste tomato will put a regular Roma to shame, Incredibly flavorful and sugar-sweet! The super-long, 6-inch fruit of this paste tomato have very few seeds and thick, sweet flesh. Try making this meaty, sweet variety into paste or marinara you won’t be disappointed! Our favorite for snacking, too!
This old German heirloom was offered in Philadelphia by the mid-1800s. The sweet, red 1-oz fruit grow in large clusters; the name means “Giant bunch of grapes” in German. This is likely the most popular small tomato with seed collectors, as many favor the rich, full tomato flavor that is missing in today’s cherry types. Large plants produce massive yields.
Micro mini fruit, just the size of a tiny pea, and said to be the world’s tiniest tomato! A delightful edible ornamental, the tiny, fire engine-red fruit is arranged beautifully along super long trusses. What Spoon lacks in size, it makes up in flavor. This variety packs tons of bold classic red, tangy tomato flavor, which is another reason why it is a kid favorite! Spoon tomatoes pop in your mouth when you bite into them; they are a joy to eat and grow.
Sugar-sweet, crunchy and so delicious! This cherry tomato is simply packed with sweetness and a rich, berry-like flavor. It is quite crisp, and the fruit can keep long on the vine, making it extra high in sugar! Sweetheart Berry is a wildly productive little snacking tomato great for greenhouse and outdoor production. This was an outstanding tomato in our trials for flavor and yield, and the strong vines produced heavy yields of tomatoes longer than any other variety we have tried! Extra long trusses are smothered in small red cherry-sized fruit that resists cracking. Allow the fruit to ripen on the vine to a deep red for the very sweetest flavor, or pick earlier if you like it a bit more tangy; either way it is superb! It proved productive and flavorful even in our cool winter greenhouses, with only 42 F degrees at night. These little strawberry-shaped jewels were a staff favorite last season.
An exquisitely gourmet heirloom that was nearly lost to the sands of time. Perhaps the best-tasting pink tomato we have ever eaten, this variety is a winner for its refreshing flavor. This super sweet 19th century heirloom has a flavor and color truly reminiscent of watermelon -- the resemblance is uncanny! The large beefsteaks weigh about 1-2 pounds each and are borne in profusions on 4-to-5 foot tall plants. Super prolific, easy to grow and mighty fine flavor! We love to scoop the firm meaty flesh with a melon baller for salads and snacking. Mentioned in Gleckler’s Seedsman catalog of Metamora, Ohio in 1958, where it is described as “an old variety that has been grown for nearly a century, but now practically extinct. It was found in the hands of only a few neighbors in a town of West Virginia.”