Many summertime vegetable gardens contain tomato plants because so many people like the taste of fresh homegrown tomatoes. If you are thinking about growing tomatoes, you will find many different varieties to choose from. It's always a good idea to contact your local county agricultural extension office to find varieties that do best in your area. However, there are some varieties that can be successfully grown nearly everywhere in the United States, under the right conditions.
Better boy tomato plants mature within 72 days after sprouting from seed. As an indeterminate variety, it grows into a long vine up to 6 feet and needs staking, caging or trellising to keep the fruit from touching the ground. Better boy produces uniform tomatoes up to 12 ounces and is resistant to verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt and nematodes.
The early girl variety of tomato plant is known for its early maturity that occurs 54 days from germination. It is the fastest producing full-size tomato plant. The tomatoes produced are 5 ounces in size and the plant is resistant to verticillium wilt. Early girl is grown where the season is very short, such as in the southern U.S. where arrival of hot temperatures in spring can delay or prevent tomato formation on some plants. Early girl is an indeterminate, or vining, tomato variety that needs to be supported or staked.
The beefmaster tomato variety is a long maturing tomato variety that produces tomatoes 85 days from sprouting. The tomatoes produced are large and can weigh up to 2 pounds. It is an indeterminate tomato variety that needs support due to the heavy fruit and long vines. It is resistant to verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt and nematodes.
The Floramerica tomato variety is grown all over the U.S. and is a good producer of 12-ounce tomatoes. It is a determinate variety that produces all the fruit for the season in about six weeks once it begins to produce tomatoes, which is about 75 days from germination. Floramerica tomatoes are known for their bright red color and uniform size. The Floramerica variety is resistant to verticillium wilt and fusarium wilt.
The celebrity variety of tomato is probably one of the best-known varieties in the U.S. It is a determinate, short vine that does not need staking. The 10- to 12-ounce tomatoes are produced over a six-week period in about 70 days from germination. Celebrity is known for its disease resistance and ability to produce a heavy crop of uniform, good tasting tomatoes. It is resistant to verticillium wilt, two types of fusarium wilt, nematodes and tobacco mosaic virus.
Lemon boy is a different variety of tomato that is yellow instead of red when it is ripe. Although it is not less acidic than other tomatoes, it tastes sweeter because it has a higher sugar content. It is a tall-growing indeterminate type of tomato plant and is highly productive. The full-size tomatoes produced weigh up to 7 ounces or more. The lemon boy tomato variety is resistant to verticillum wilt, fusarium wilt and nematodes.