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Favorite tomato varieties to grow

Posted by barryla61 (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 26, 11 at 14:02

Looking for other tomato lovers in VA and what varieties they like to grow the most.
Here's some on my favorites...
Golden Rave
4th of July
Tomato Berry
Early Goliath
Lemon Boy
Big Beef
Mortgage Lifter
Cherokee Purple
Razzle Berry - pink tomato

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RE: Favorite tomato varieties to grow

  • Posted by rian 7va (My Page) on
    Sat, Jul 2, 11 at 21:02

Really like Golden Rave! We grew it first three years ago by accident--it was mislabeled as Cherokee Purple. We weren't able to find it this year. Where did you get yours?

My husband's family swears the best tomato is German Johnson but when we grew it here the flavor wasn't as good. Only tried it one year though--we should give it one more chance, I guess.

The most reliable for us are early girl and celebrity. But we usually add a few heirlooms too. The zebras were fun and really productive for us--didn't like lemon boy--never tried Goliath. Maybe next year because you recommend it.

RE: Favorite tomato varieties to grow

Golden Rave seed came from Park Seed
We LOVE goliath, great producer and tasty

RE: Favorite tomato varieties to grow

For slicers:
Big Beef
Striped German (heirloom red/yellow)
Kellogg's Breakfast (heirloom yellow)
Bloody Butcher (small, very early red)

For cherries:
Isis Candy (heirloom yellow/red oblong fruit)
Black Cherry

For paste/canning:
Viva Italia (very productive and disease resistant)
Super Marzano (very sweet)

We have a tough time growing some of the heirlooms such as Brandywine as their resistance to blight is weak and in our humid climate they succumb quickly. Although I like the flavor, it's a pity to waste weeks of tending a plant that dies before it produces fruit.

RE: Favorite tomato varieties to grow

Thanks Barry, we usually get our tomatoes as plants, but the farmstand we buy from has changed owners so I guess seeds are in our future. Appreciate the tip about where to buy Golden Rave.

RE: Favorite tomato varieties to grow

We enjoy the old heritage/heirloom variety called BRANDYWINE....the RED ones. Not the prettiest tomato for sure, not as resistant to problems as some hybrid varieties, but some kinda good tasting!! Worth a try if you have that variety available from a grower in your area.

We've grown BETTER BOY variety for years, and enjoy that one as well. Good producer and great tasting tomato.

The HANOVER TOMATO FESTIVAL is coming up this weekend (Saturday, July 9, 2011) at Pole Green Park in Hanover County, just north of Richmond. Search "Hanover Tomato Festival" in interested. Last year the event drew about 42,000 people. Admission is free. Y'all come !!

RE: Favorite tomato varieties to grow

We tried a couple of BrandyBoy's this time. Fair taste but not producing much fruit.
Also planted Tye Dye, don't know if it's because of all the rain we've had, but it has almost NO FLAVOR and is very watery.
Will not plant either again.

RE: Favorite tomato varieties to grow

  • Posted by tomva 7-central virginia (My Page) on
    Mon, Oct 3, 11 at 12:58

#1 so far is cherokee purple
#2 black brandywine
can you tell I like the black toms
3 redbrandywine
4 paul robeson
those are my favorites that Ive tried in my garden from seed.I grow them from seed using the wintersowing year I will add a few more new ones.I hope we have a good year as this one was very good

RE: Favorite tomato varieties to grow

Spring is just around the corner, and down the hall a ways, but I have started planning (o.k. I never stopped) Has anyone else tried the Black Krim? I had two last year (bought the seeds online and I think they were past their prime) The ones I got were wonderful, but the plants were not very prolific. Could it have been not very good seeds? Because I would love to try them again.

RE: Favorite tomato varieties to grow

I am looking for sunburst tomaote seeds... for an older neighbor that can not get online.. can anyone help... he mentioned china??? Please help ..

RE: Favorite tomato varieties to grow

Using Google, enter Reimer Seeds. They have packages of Sunburst seeds.

RE: Favorite tomato varieties to grow

Personally, I prefer the great taste of the famous Hanover tomato. Not only does the plant produce large; beffy tomato's, but puts out a lot of tomato's. I ferment the seeds myself every year for the next years planting season. Have local buyers that request a number of plants each year from me, and I sell the seeds to others as well. The key to producing good seeds is the fermentation process. Would be happy to explain the process to you if you wish.

RE: Favorite tomato varieties to grow

Hmmm.... JohnsFarm247,I was raised in Hanover County, VA, and never knew that there was a specific variety called "Hanover." If you have more information on the variety, I would be interested in hearing it.

As an interesting story, one year my Dad & I bought seedlings from the same grower. He planted his in the Hanover sand near Mechanicsville and I planted mine in the clay of Chesterfield. Both of us fertilized and otherwise treated the tomatoes the same. His were delicious and mine were just okay.

It's anecdotal evidence to be sure, but I really believe that the soil tomatoes are grown in makes a huge difference in the taste. I've been very tempted to order a dump truck load of Hanover sandy soil to be delivered to my place just to grow tomatoes! ;-)


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