Two Basic Kinds of Tomatos and How to Decide What Kind is Right For You.
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When I have started gardening about 2 years ago, I had no idea what kind of tomatos to buy and start growing in my garden.
I knew I wanted to grow tomatos, since we love to eat them, they are very healthy and I have also heard that tomatos are one of the easiest vegetables to grow.
But how to choose the right kind of tomatos if there are so many varieties! I felt really overwhelmed.
I started by asking one of my friends who was gardening then for at least 3-4 years. She has recommended one of the very popular varieties she was growing herself, called San Marzano. I have checked them out and found out they originated from the small town in Southern Italy, San Marzano sul Sarno, near Naples.
I have research tomatos further and have discovered that there are two basic kinds of tomatos called determinate (or bush tomatos) and indeterminate. Determinate tomatos keep growing to a certain height and then once mature, start producing a full crop all at once. So you have to be ready to collect all these mature tomatos during a short period of time. Then the plants just stop producing flowers and fruits then slowly die.
Instead, indeterminate tomatos, continue growing and once mature, produce flowers and fruits all the time till, in our colder climate, they are just killed by the first frost.
So which variety you choose, depends on your needs. If you like to collect many tomatos at once, perhaps for sale, or if you like canning, then the determinate tomatos are probably a better choice for you. On the other hand, if you will be overwhelmed by they huge number of tomatos your plants can produce all at once and not able to eat or preserve that many tomatos at one time, then a logical choice would be to grow indeterminate tomatos.
Commercial growers usually prefer determinate types of tomatos, since they can harvest all of them at once and it is more economical for them. Also people who like to do a lot of canning all at one time, often like to grow this kind of tomatos.
These are two basic kinds of tomatos and when deciding which one to buy, you should know in advance if they are determinate or indeterminate varieties. Most of the heirloom tomatos are indeterminate.
Once I have discovered that, I immediately knew, I would like to grow indeterminate tomatos since I wanted to collect tomatos all summer long and not all of them at once. I also knew that I wanted to grow no GMO plants, so I made sure I have purchased my seeds from companies, which specialize in “No GMO Seeds” and offer many heirloom varieties.
Stay Tuned for Part 2 and 3 of this Article Coming Soon.
Here is the end of part 1 of this article, so it won’t be too long to read. Stayed tuned to read the rest of this article next week. I will tell you there more about what you should also be looking for when choosing tomato plants and when it is better to start them from seeds, or just buy small plants ready to grow in your garden. Also I will write about tomato plants I have already tried, which one of them I like the most, and where I have purchased my heirloom seeds.
I Look Forward to Your Comments.
I look forward to your comments and finding out more about which tomato plants you have already tried, do you like them and why. Also which variety of tomatos you plan to grow soon and why you want to give them a try.
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