How to Choose the Best Tomato Seeds for Your Garden
With such a large amount of tomato varieties to choose from, selecting the best choices for your garden can be a daunting challenge. You can select from many different colors: pink, red, yellow, orange, purple/black, blue, bi-colored, and other colors like white, green, and even brown.
Are you growing in containers or in the garden, or both? And how many containers, and how large is your garden that offers space for how many tomato plants?
Once you determine how many plants you want for your containers and/or garden then you can look at other criteria for your selection:
1. Growth Style: Size and productivity of the plant. What plant growth style suits your needs.
2. Days to maturity of fruit:
3. Purpose of Harvest: Will you be growing tomatoes for snacking and salads (which may require some cherry or smaller fruited varieties), for canning or salads (which may require smaller - medium sized fruits, making sauces (which may beg for meatier paste tomatoes, or bigger-fruited varieties for sandwiches, salads or other favorite culinary delights. I suggest including within your total plant count: a selection of different colored cherry varieties, different shapes and colors of medium to larger-sized varieties, and at least one paste tomato variety. This will assure you of having a harvest of distinctive flavors along with a beautiful display of colors and shapes to entertain your family and friends.
4. Open-pollinated, Heirloom tomatoes or Hybrid: There are three different kinds of tomato varieties: Open pollinated/non-heirloom, open-pollinated heirloom and hybrid.
Gary Ibsen - TomatoFest.com