When it comes to tomatoes, you have a choice of colors.  Did you know there are over 1,000 choices of tomatoes in seed catalogs? Most local nurseries carry a dozen or so choices. 

Tomatoes come in other colors than just red. Here is a sample: variations of red, black, purple, green, yellow, if that isn’t enough for you, they also come SPECKLED! 

From seed to maturity, the time to ripen varies from about 60 days to 90 days for most tomatoes.  Your harvest will be lengthened if you plant a varying dates of maturity.  We all want the tomato season to last as long as possible, right?

I always plant early tomatoes like Early Girl or Fourth of July.     Early girl is a determinate (plants that look more like a bush, are bred to be compact, they mature early, and fruit usually ripens about the same time)

Early Girl can handle temperature down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. I have to wait longer to get the big slicing tomatoes like Big Boy.  Brandy-wine, Better Boy and Big Boy are larger varieties. 

Need more choices of the large varieties: Black Cherry, Matt Wild Cherry, Big Beefsteak, Green Zebra, & Celebrity.  Celebrity is another determinate plant that matures in 70-75 days, and can grow to 4 feet high.

The Amish developed Brandywine, which is a phenomenal climber, reaching up to 10 feet!

A favorite of mine for cherry types is the Sun Gold, which is a yellow tomato.   A red cherry tomato is always in my garden.   I do not remember what variety it is as it has been replanting and starting by itself for years. 

I hope you have some new ideas in tomato varieties to try out this year.  It’s almost time to start those seeds, if that’s your plan!  Check back to read all about germinating your seeds indoors.