The Ones We Bought
In an effort to jump start the season of tomatoes we decided to buy a few plants already started at our local nursery. I’m not big on hybrids but Chris’ mom loves Early Girl and so we decided to give her a try.
I ended up with two Cherokee Purple’s because when I went to grab this one, I broke the tomato. Guilty, I had to get a second one and pay for both. I decided to try sticking the broken end into the pot to see if it would root, but also to see if the original rooted part would re-leaf too. It didn’t, but the broken piece I stuck in did root! I didn’t do anything special, had no rooting hormone and didn’t actually particularly care for it for several days after because I went into the field for work. But here it is still living!
The Ones We Started From Seed
For most of our tomato planting existence we have started them by seed. It’s pretty awesome to see them through the whole cycle.
Sun Gold’s are one of my favorites, a very prolific tomato. I’ve saved seeds from them in the past and grown them again and frankly, I felt they were pretty much the exact same thing. Being an F1 hybrid they aren’t supposed to come back true from seed if you save the seeds, but the ones I had were yellow, the same size and tasted great.
Arkansas Traveler is my very favorite tomato. If my niece were here I’d have her say, as if she’s talking to our cat Samson, “You’re my best, old friend”. Because really, it is my best, old friend.
This is another one of Chris’ favorites, Sabre Ukrainian. It is a sauce tomato and is excellent for making into spaghetti sauce. We get our seeds (when we aren’t saving them) from Amishland Seeds. They are pretty rare/uncommon so you don’t get many seeds for your money. Use them wisely!
That said, we have several other tomato seedlings that need to go in the ground still but we’re waiting for a few other beds to empty out before putting the tomatoes in. I wish I had about 10 beds dedicated to tomatoes.
What are you favorite tomatoes to grow?