Large Tomato Varieties
Large tomatoes seen in supermarkets are often bland in taste and mealy because of being picked before maturity, while those grown in your own garden can be picked at the peak of ripeness, which means extra sweet, juicy flavor. Tomatoes, according to tomato.org, are rich in vitamins A and C and lycopene. Tomatoes come in two types, determinate, which reach a certain size, and indeterminate, which will continually get taller and larger throughout the growing season.
Better Boy tomato plants produce large, firm fruits weighing up to 14 oz. Tomatoes reach maturity about 75 days after planting. These hardy, indeterminate tomato plants are virtually disease-resistant, and you need to stake or cage them because of the weight of the fruit, and so they have adequate room to grow.
This beefsteak-type tomato, with a meaty, less juicy fruit, can weigh in at approximately 14 oz. and will produce a bountiful crop of large tomatoes up until the first frost. An indeterminate variety, Big Beef tomatoes need plenty of room to grow, reaching maturity in about 70 to 75 days. It is a hardy tomato, resistant to many diseases, making it a carefree plant.
Another large variety is the Celebrity tomato, bearing fruit weighing in at 10 to12 oz. This determinate plant is more compact than other varieties; it is strong and is less likely to need staking or support. The fruit matures about 70 days after planting.
The Supersteak tomato produces a consistently round fruit compared with many other varieties and has some of the largest tomatoes growing, from 16 oz. and up. The fruit has a rich, robust flavor, and this indeterminate tomato is a vigorous plant that requires staking or caging. Tomatoes mature in about 80 days.
Heat Resistant Varieties Of Tomato Plants
“Arkansas Traveler” originated in the Ozark Mountains before the 1900s and is heat tolerant and crack resistant. This 6 to 8 foot plant produces flavorful fruits that weigh about 6 to 8 oz. They mature in 75 days and are tolerant of drought conditions. It produces crack-resistant fruit weighing 9 to 11 oz. on a plant 2 to 3 feet tall. These indeterminate tomatoes are tolerant of humidity, heat alternaria stem canker and fusarium wilt, and will resist cracking. “ Porter Improved” produces 1-inch long, cherry tomatoes with an egg shape that appear even in low humidity or high heat. The “Husky Cherry Red” is a dwarf indeterminate tomato continuously producing 1-inch fruit on a 3 to 4 foot plant until frost occurs. Summer Set” is a semi-determinate that will continue to set its large 10 to 12 oz. The globe-shaped fruit of “Summer Set” are firm with the classic tomato flavor and mature in 75 to 78 days on plants 4 to 6 feet tall.
- University Of Missouri Extension: Growing Home Garden Tomatoes
- Tomato: Lycopene
- Bonnie Plants: Heat Tolerant
- Harvest to Table: Mid Season Tomato Checklist
- UC IPM Online: Time to Plant
- LSU AgCenter: Success with Summer Tomatoes
- UC IPM Online: Fruit Cracks
- Bonnie Plants: Arkansas Traveler Heirloom Tomato
- Bonnie Plants: Yellow Pear Heirloom Cherry Tomato
- Bonnie Plants: Heatmaster Tomato
- Bonnie Plants: Florida 91 Tomato
- Bonnie Plants: Creole Tomato