It’s taken me a little more time than I originally planned to get this post up, but better late than never! (Again, I swear I have a good excuse.)
Tomatoes come in so many shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors and I like to try a little of each every year. This year I grew 13 different varieties of tomatoes, some are ones I’ve grown before, but a good handful were new ones. Here are some insights into each variety, and thoughts about if I would grow them again.
Check out last year’s recap here.
This cherry tomato was a beauty. A dark burgundy-red when ripe, this variety was an excellent producer. It was the second variety of the year to ripen, right after the trusty Sungolds. It was a larger cherry tomato and would be great for slicing over a salad and looks beautiful in a caprese salad. It had a great flavor, not too tangy, and really easy to eat. Which was great, because it produced a lot of tomatoes!
Will I plant again? Absolutely. If not this coming spring, then definitely another one.
When I was browsing the plant sale this year for one last cherry tomato to try out, someone recommend this variety. After I planted it, I realized that it really is a popular variety around these parts. It basically is a mini Roma tomato and it’s pretty adorable. The skin is a little tough, like other sauce tomatoes, but it would make a terrific addition to a sauce or salsa you were interested in making. They grow really well, in fact, I broke my transplant I bought and rerooted it in some water and then planted it a little later in a pot. And the plant is still thriving, even in November!
Will I plant again? If I have plans to make some sauce with tomatoes, I would definitely plant again. It’s a great producer and just might provide more pounds of tomatoes than it’s larger version, the Roma.
Jenni had a few extra tomato transplants this year and I grabbed this variety since I had never tried growing a pear tomato before. I love the shape of these little cherry tomatoes, so cute! I grew this variety in a pot, and it never got that huge or produced a ton. Although, I bet if I had planted it in the ground it would have made a difference for this variety. The skins of this variety were a little tough as well, but still tasted great cut in half and added to a salad.
Will I plant again? Probably not. Although, I would be willing to try another pear tomato again and plant it in the ground as I think it will thrive a little better.
This is my go-to cherry and I make sure to plant it every year. This year it was the first variety to get ripe, which also made it the most exciting one to eat! These yellow-orange tomatoes have an excellent, full flavor. A little tang, but incredibly easy to eat. They also produce a ton and will be the first and last to give you fruit.
Will I plant again? Of course! Like I said, it’s my go-to cherry and I make sure to plant this variety every year.
I’ve heard good things and bad things about this variety, so this year I decided to grow it and see for myself. And I do have to say I really enjoyed this one. It didn’t get huge and out of control, like many indeterminate types of tomatoes, and it set lots of medium/large sized fruit around the same time. It was also an early producer, but once it was done I didn’t get anymore fruit like the other varieties that usually produce until the first frost (or until you pull them out). The best part of this beefsteak tomato was its color. Can we say gorgeous? A deep red with greenish-black tops. Plus they make the most beautiful BLTs, oh my! A word of advice, though, be careful that they don’t get too overripe as they get mealy pretty quickly.
Will I plant again? Definitely. I would even be willing to try it again this very next spring. So manageable, an excellent producer, tasty, and gorgeous.
This variety is appropriately named. It was a champion! This was the first ripe tomato of my larger tomatoes, and it was also the last one to produce fruit. And can we talk about hearty? Nothing seemed to take this plant down. At the end of the summer I stopped watering my tomatoes because I didn’t think I could eat one more, and this variety kept chugging away. It was the only plant alive and it still had fruit on it! They have a nice flavor, not too mealy, and could pretty much be used for whatever your little heart desires.
Will I plant again? You betcha! This was truly a champion tomato and was incredible to watch grow and produce.
This was one of my favorite beefsteak tomatoes to grow last year, so I tried it again. It grows huge fruit, one of the largest of the varieties I grew this year. And the color is so unique, a pink-red color. I didn’t get a ton of these tomatoes this year. Unfortunately, the squirrels broke into the garden right when they were about to be picked and helped themselves to this tasty snack. Plus, because they are so large, the plant doesn’t produce a ton. But still produces enough to enjoy a few of these gems. These are amazing to slice up and eat on a sandwich, or roast them and can them for later.
Will I plant again? I think I will. If not this coming spring, then another one down the road for sure.
I grew this variety a few years ago and feel in love with it. So meaty, so large, and I loved that it was green! I tried it again last year and didn’t get amazing results, but I thought I would give it another go this year. This year, sadly, wasn’t much different than last year. Hardly anything set and persevered until it was time to harvest. I did get one magnificent tomato this year, so it wasn’t a total failure. These are tasty tomatoes, and so huge, and are excellent on a burger, making legit fried green tomatoes, or for roasting.
Will I plant again? Probably, eventually. But after two years of a so-so harvest I think I might give it a break for a year or two.
When I bought this variety, I had dreams that it would taste like a peach. It didn’t (although, I can’t say I wasn’t surprised) but it did look like a peach—fuzzy skin and all. Well, a yellow-looking peach. This ended up being a great variety to grow. It produced many small/medium-sized yellow tomatoes. They sliced up nicely, and tasted pretty good. I had so many I used them on sandwiches, to make salsa, in salad, and still had plenty left to can. The fuzzy skin might throw a few people off, but I didn’t notice when I actually ate them as the skin was pretty thin and easy to eat.
Will I plant again? More than likely. They did really well, and I liked that they were yellow…and fuzzy.
This variety has the weirdest name. When I ordered some seeds last fall, these got sent as a thank you for ordering type thing. So when Jenni was starting some tomatoes indoors from seeds, I added some of these seeds to the mix. These are basically a yellow Roma. Long, oblong fruit that was a greenish-cream when growing and turned cream-yellow when ripe. The plant was a really leggy plant. At first I thought there was something wrong with the plant as it was growing, but since I planted a couple in different places (in-ground and pots), I realized it was just how it grew. It produced a decent amount of fruit, and I roasted and canned some for salsa down the road. A great sauce tomato, but I didn’t care to eat it raw.
Will I plant again? Not necessarily. I am starting to realize I don’t really care for sauce tomatoes because they are a little tougher to eat raw. But if sauce is your thing, I would definitely give this variety a go.
I’ve been trying to perfect the art of growing tomatoes in containers. So naturally, a variety that was more appropriately sized for a container was my go-to option. Last year I unsuccessfully planted a dwarf variety and knew I didn’t want to go the dwarf route this year. So I selected this recommended bush variety. I got about 3-5 small/medium tomatoes from this plant. They were pretty standard-type of tomato and sliced up well. But it grew kind of odd—tall and long and not very bushy. It didn’t grow out like other types of tomato plants, so I see why it is a bush variety, but it almost grew like a tree or something. It was weird.
Will I plant again? No. I am not sure going with bush/dwarf varieties is worth it to me for container gardening. I’ve had much better luck planting regular-sized varieties in pots than these types that are recommended.
This was my top contender last year, and I couldn’t wait to plant it again in my garden this year. Again, it grew pretty well, but I was disappointed with the fruit this year. I grew multiple plants—in my raised bed and in a pot—and had different results with both. The ones in the pots were pretty small, more like a small cherry, but mostly purple-black with barely any reds apparent. The ones in the raised bed weren’t very dark purple-black and were more of an orange/red instead of a fuchsia/red when the fruit was ripe. And maybe my taste buds changed this year, but the flavor wasn’t that great for either one. I know this is a newer variety, so maybe the second year wasn’t as good as the first year.
Will I plant again? Maybe. After falling in love with this variety last year and being so disappointed this year I feel a little torn. I might give it a break this coming year and try again down the road.
Now if you want a good container tomato, grow this variety. This is the third year I have grown this variety, and every year it consistently does well. This year I opted to just plant it in a container, and somehow the squirrels stayed away and I was able to harvest a decent amount. The fruit was smaller than last year, but it wasn’t enough to be concerned about. This year also, the plant did die off quicker than last year in a pot, but I am going to blame myself for being bad at watering at the end of the summer. Great tomato, nice to eat, and very versatile.
Will I plant again? The chances are high. It’s been a staple in my garden for the past few years and I have a feeling it will be a staple again.
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