What's your favorite tomato?

donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)January 13, 2009

I am going to plant vegetables this year for the first time in a decade. I always planted Better Boy, etc. before and they were fine. But, I long for that old fashioned tomato that has a bit of bite to it. Do you have good luck with a variety that might fit that description? I don't want something that I have to continually spray and deal with insects and disease. And, I hope to grow enough to can.

Thanks for your suggestions!

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razorback33(z7)

I usually grow Better Boy or Big Boy, which have about the same flavor to me. When I was a youngster, my mother planted Rutgers and occasionally Mariglobe, both now considered heirloom tomatoes. Back then, I liked their taste, but hated picking the hornworms off!
Experienced an almost total failure with Better Boy? tomatoes last year. Purchased the plants from a Voc HS greenhouse, instead of my usual source, and they produced nice robust vines, that never bloomed until very late in the summer. Tomatoes were very small, but tasty. They still had ripe fruit at first frost. I believe they started the wrong seed, that weren't Better Boy.
You might try Rutgers, if you like the taste, they are a good canning tomato.
Rb

    Bookmark   January 14, 2009 at 12:29AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Donna, head on over to the Tomato Forum! You'll find loads of 'reviews' on just about every tomato characteristic you can think of!

I'm trying to decide which tomatoes I'm going to plant, too!

    Bookmark   January 14, 2009 at 4:02PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Thanks, guys. I will keep an eye out for Rutgers, and who knew there was a tomato forum? Will check it out.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2009 at 1:55PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Just a note to you guys that I found a place on E-Bay that sells heirloom tomato seeds. Small packets are just $1.29! I ordered Rutgers, Arkansas Traveler, and Old Virginia. I was extra happy when the seeds came and I saw that they are grown in Alabama. (It's an E-Bay store called heirloom vegetables. Very wide selection.)

I will probably plant some Better Boy to hedge my bet too. After the article in Horticulture Mag last month on how to get them into the ground a full month earlier, I sowed the seed today. (Such fun to try new things! :)

    Bookmark   January 22, 2009 at 1:38PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Correction on that E-bay seller. It is heirloomgardenseeds.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2009 at 6:28PM
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countrycat

Last year we planted some lemon tomato's They were especially good. Yellow skin but a homegrown tomato taste.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2009 at 1:50PM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

Did you see Trudi's offer on the seed exchange?

Here is a link that might be useful: interesting site

    Bookmark   February 3, 2009 at 3:34PM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

Sorry here is another link

Here is a link that might be useful: tomato seeds

    Bookmark   February 3, 2009 at 3:46PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Wow! What an amazing and generous offer. I already have seed, but maybe someone else can take advantage. Thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   February 4, 2009 at 11:42PM
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gonebananas_gw

A retired extension agent here in central SC home grows and recommends "Better Boy" or "Bonnie" for the disease resistance but old "Marion" for the taste. I will try the last this year.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2009 at 8:39AM
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shanky2008(7)

pink brandy wines.love them!

    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 6:10AM
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