Tomato Plant Varieties for Texas

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Hardiness Zones for Texas range from Zone 6 in the panhandle to Zone 11 at the southernmost tip on the Gulf of Mexico. The state has an ideal climate for growing many types of tomatoes. In addition to the common varieties available to consumers in Texas home and garden centers, many exotic and heirloom tomato varieties can also thrive in Texas.

Sunmaster

Sunmaster tomatoes grow well in many parts of Texas, particularly in the central and north central parts of the state. Sunmasters produce large, firm fruit with an average number of tomatoes. Texas A & M University's test plants produced 75 tomatoes per plant with an average of 17 lbs. of fruit produced per plant. The average weight of Sunmaster tomatoes in this study was 3.2 ozs. Sunmaster are spring tomatoes that generally ripen by mid-June.

Sunbeam

Sunbeam tomato plants produce uniformly sized fruit. The average number of tomatoes produced on Texas A & M University's test plants was 50 tomatoes per plant with an average of 14 pounds of fruit produced per plant. The average weight of Sunbeam tomatoes in the Texas A & M University trial was 4.8 ozs. Sunbeam are spring tomatoes that generally ripen by mid-June.

Heatwave

Heatwave tomatoes averaged 3.2 ozs. per fruit in a Texas A & M University study. Heatwaves produced an average of 63 fruit per plant and grew an average of 13 lbs. of fruit per plant. Heatwave are spring tomatoes that generally ripen by mid-June.

Majesty

Majesty tomatoes showed in a study conducted by Texas A & M University to be very uniform, and averaged 4.8 ozs. per tomato. Majesty tomatoes included in this study produced around 50 tomatoes per plant, with the average yield per plant being 13 lbs. Majesty tomatoes also ripen in mid-June in most parts of Texas.

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