There is a lot of buzz among gardeners about heirloom seeds, especially heirloom tomato seeds. If you’re thinking, “Wait a minute, what is an heirloom tomato?” don’t worry, you’re not alone! We’ll help you understand exactly what the term means before you go out shopping for heirloom tomatoes.
The Guide to Growing and Eating Heirloom Tomatoes
Proper pruning will help you get the most out of your heirloom tomato plants. Pruning encourages heirloom tomato plants to grow larger, more flavorful tomatoes, produce more tomatoes throughout the season, escape disease and stay a more manageable size. Left unchecked many heirloom tomato plants can reach eight to ten feet in height with sprawling
There are hundreds of heirloom tomato varieties to choose from. Some thrive in cool weather while others tolerate heat, some are tiny cherry or dwarf tomatoes while others grow to massive sizes. It can be overwhelming trying to decide which heirloom tomato varieties to grow in your garden.
Planning your garden is one of winter’s most enjoyable activities. And every garden plan should include space for at least a few open pollinated heirloom tomato seeds. There are hundreds of heirloom tomato varieties to suit any climate, soil or space. You can plant sprawling indeterminate heirloom vines that stretch up to ten feet in
While heirloom tomatoes have amazing flavor that makes the perfectly red and smooth hybrid varieties in the grocery store taste like plastic, they lack the disease resistance that has been bred into modern tomatoes. Even the best heirloom tomatoes rarely produce as long or as well as a hybrid strain because they succumb to disease
Have you ever enjoyed a stripey heirloom tomato that was perfectly ripened while still bright green? Or bit into a juicy purple tomato that tasted naturally salted? How about decorating your salad with tiny black cherry tomatoes?