Tomato Varieties in Texas

If you're growing vegetables in Texas, chances are good you're growing tomatoes. According to the Texas A&M Extension, this sweet, juicy crop is the most popular in the state. All tomatoes require full sun, frequent watering and well-amended soil. But some varieties can handle heat and dry weather better than others, making them a good choice for the often tough Texas climate.

Saladette

The Saladette is a small, sweet, meaty tomato perfect for sauces and salads. The plum-shaped fruit is about 3 inches tall and ready to harvest in 68 days. The Saladette, a hybrid of the Ensalada, is determinate. This means the plant will grow like a bush, rather than a vine, and its fruit will ripen in a short timespan, rather than all season long.

Small Fry

Smally Fry is a bite-size cherry tomato that harvests in 65 days. This compact plant produces clusters of brilliant red, round, sweet fruit. Unlike many determinates, this hybrid will continually produce tomatoes until the first frost.

Big Set

Big Set produces medium-sized red fruit in 75 days. It is semi-determinate, meaning it will get larger than most determinate tomatoes. The University of California Extension says this late-season tomato produces a very heavy crop.

Arkansas Traveler

The Arkansas Traveler is known for its great heat and drought tolerance, according to Heirloom Tomatoes of Texas. This indeterminate heirloom has large crops of pink to bright red heavy fruit with balanced sweet and tart flavors. It is ready for harvest in 85 days.

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