I’m pretty big into varieties. When I want to plant something I like to research what kind of varieties do well here in Austin. Whether it is squash, peppers, cucumbers, etc. Tomatoes are no different…well, except for there are an insane amount of tomato varieties out there.
This year I planted 11 different varieties of tomatoes. I thought I would do a recap of each one so you could get an idea if you might be interested in adding a certain variety to your garden.
This is by far my favorite tasting cherry tomato. It has a bright yellow-orange color when it is fully ripe, and is generous producer. Last year I got so many ripe Sungolds, I didn’t know what to do with them all! This year I planted it in the middle of my tomatoes and it didn’t get adequate sunlight, so the production wasn’t as high. Definitely “user error” and not the plant’s fault. Although thankfully it is still chugging along through this hot summer and will probably keep producing into the fall, despite it’s garden placement.
Will I plant again? Definitely! This is a favorite, and I am pretty sure it will be a staple in my garden for years to come.
This cherry tomato is definitely a reliable one, and the name is pretty accurate. This variety produces an insane amount of little, red cherry tomatoes, and will most likely be the very first fruit you get to enjoy from your spring garden. It grows fast, produces a lot, and is perfect to add to just about every recipe. It has a good taste, and you will have plenty for yourself and plenty to give away to friends during its run. Just be sure to keep it trimmed so it doesn’t take over your garden!
Will I plant again? I planted this one last year and this year as well, and while I don’t enjoy the flavor as much as Sungolds, I will most likely add it to my tomato rotation again because it’s production is so great.
When I saw the name of this variety, I just had to try out it in my garden this year. In fact, my sister-in-law had to try it out too. This produces a white tomato! Have you ever heard of a white tomato? Okay, in reality it is more of an ivory/light yellow but even still I had never seen a tomato that color. Like other cherry tomatoes, it produced well (and is still producing). While the tomatoes were pretty cool to look at, they didn’t have a super strong flavor. Definitely more on the watery side…although some people may like that. Flavor or not, I did enjoy it’s addition to my garden this year.
Will I plant again? I am on the fence about this one. I love its color and it grows well, and I think it would be a great plant for a kid’s garden because it is so cool to look at. But I like to grow food to eat food, and this one was definitely not my favorite.
When this beast of a tomato produces, it takes the cake to any other tomato I have ever had. They are large, and beefy, and green! Seriously if you want a proper fried green tomato, grow this variety. Aunt Ruby’s was hands down my favorite tomato to grow last year. This year, however, it has been a little different as I only got a couple smallish tomatoes this time around and I’m not sure why—maybe it was sunlight or fertilizer…or maybe it was the pesky squirrels. Either way this is a large plant and needs quite a bit of space, and since the tomatoes are so large you also need to be sure to stake it well.
Will I plant again? Most definitely. (Although if I get another crop like I did this year, I might have to reconsider.) Like I said the flavor and texture of this beefsteak does not compare to any other tomato I have had, it is so great.
This is a beautiful pink-red tomato with a super beefy flesh that is generally an early bloomer. This was the first year I grew this variety, and my plant seemed to do quite well. Unfortunately in the end I only got to harvest a couple tomatoes, because they were in full production when the squirrels infested my garden and stole pretty much all of my tomatoes in my garden. The plant has been continuing to grow through the summer, and I am hoping I get a few more tomatoes from it this fall.
Will I plant again? Yes. Before the stupid squirrels came around, there were a good amount of decent sized tomatoes growing on my plant so I think they would be a good producer. Plus they are pretty pink color and were especially scrumptious to eat.
This variety was a surprise to me this year. It turned out to be a late bloomer. Now I don’t know if that is normal for this variety, but I got a large harvest just the past couple of weeks. It pretty much has been the only variety in my garden that is producing in this crazy Texas heat. I have been impressed, and thankful! I don’t think the fruit is as large as some of the other beefsteak tomatoes I have grown, but they are still great for sandwiches. Just be sure to wait until it is a deep red because otherwise the flavor is a bit too strong and tangy.
Will I plant again? I’m not sure. I definitely liked the color, shape, and size of a Brandy Boy better. Although, I did love the fact the Brandywine Red was able to provide some fresh tomatoes late summer. Most likely I will give another beefsteak variety a shot next year and see how it compares before I plant this variety again.
This variety is one of the few determinate tomatoes I grew this season, so I grew it in a pot since I knew it wouldn’t get too huge. And it did pretty well. My plant didn’t get too bushy though like I think it probably should have. I am not sure if it was because it didn’t have the best drainage at the beginning of the season or what, but it was a little leggy. However, that didn’t stop it from producing. In fact it is still producing which I think is a little strange for a determinate variety. The La Roma tomato has been fun to watch grow because it is such a weird, long shape. This is a tomato that people love to make sauces out of, so if you want to can some tomatoes this is definitely the variety to grow.
Will I plant again? It’s definitely a possibility since it grows so well in a container. Currently my plant has a good handful of tomatoes growing and I am hoping to be able to have a better idea how much I love their flavor this fall, and decide if it is a plant to grow again.
This was my absolute favorite variety to grow this year. It was a new variety out this year bred from Oregon State University to have a high level of antioxidants (hence the blue/purple color). Since my husband is from Oregon and since a blue tomato sounded interesting, I thought I would give it a try. My plant started producing fruit pretty quickly and immediately they had a bright blueish purple color, which was a little deceiving because I knew they weren’t ripe yet. It is important to wait until the green parts of the tomato turn a deep red and then it is ready to pick. Also, after a while the new tomatoes seemed to lose their blue color which was slightly sad but was helpful in knowing when the tomato was ripe. The Indigo Rose is a rather small tomato, only slightly larger than a decent sized cherry tomato. But I loved that about this tomato, the small size made it easy to cut and add to sandwiches or toss in a salad. Plus, I thought the flavor was pretty great too.
Will I plant again? For sure! Like I said, this was my favorite variety this year. Besides the taste, I loved how early the fruit started to grow and the abundance of fruit I got from this plant. Definitely a keeper for years to come.
When I headed to the plant sale this year, the Carmelita was one of those random varieties I grabbed. In fact, I don’t really recall picking it out, but somehow it ended up in my garden. It seemed to do pretty well and produced a good handful of small to medium sized tomatoes. They were more like tomatoes you might pick up from the store with a more seedy and watery flesh, which aren’t necessarily my favorite. But since they were pretty good producers, I diced them up and used them in pasta dishes and salads throughout the spring.
Will I plant again? Personally, probably not. Since I don’t care for this type of tomato, I would rather have space for another beefsteak or some other unique variety. But if you do like a typical tomato that is a good producer, I definitely recommend this variety.
This is the first dwarf tomato variety that I have grown. I was trying to venture into more container gardening this year and was told that a dwarf tomato plant is what I needed. So I picked out this purple variety. Apparently this dwarf plant can rival any purple heirloom variety out there. Except I have yet to find out…it didn’t produce a single tomato. In fact, it was the only tomato plant that didn’t pop out one fruit this season. It grew tall and skinny, and got lots of blooms late spring/early summer. However, I don’t know if it couldn’t handle the heat or what, but none of those blooms did anything. I fertilized and tried every trick I knew, it just wouldn’t produce anything.
Will I plant again? No. Why would I grow a tomato plant that doesn’t produce any tomatoes? Unless there is some miracle and it starts producing huge purple tomatoes this fall, there is no way I would waste my time again with this variety.
Oh Bella Rosa, how I love your name. I grew this variety last year and it produced a good amount of fruit early on, so I decided to grow it again this year. But I mixed it up a little and tried it in a container this year. And it seemed to do just as well in a pot as it did in the ground. Except, I should have been much better about watering it as it developed a bad case of blossom end rot early on. Thankfully it recovered but then the squirrels discovered it and it was downhill from there. Last year I only got fruit early on, but this year I think I am going to get a good handful of fall tomatoes from this plant because it currently has tons of blooms so, friends, there is hope. This hybrid tomato is supposedly heat tolerant and disease resistant and from what I can tell that seems to be the case. While these are not beefsteak tomatoes, they seem to be a little meatier than some other non-beefsteak varieties so I don’t mind them.
Will I plant again? There is definitely a possibility that I will. The Bella Rosa made an excellent container plant, and I am glad I know that it will do well in both a pot and the ground. I may try something else next year, but I have a feeling I will be returning to this variety down the road.
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