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The Best Tomatoes to Grow for Upstate South Carolina

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More than 10,000 varieties of tomato plants are available in the United States, according to statistics from produce provider Timco Worldwide. Tomatoes are great for canning, cooking, fresh eating and many other uses. The best tomatoes for growing in the humid climate of upstate South Carolina are those varieties that are crack resistant and humidity tolerant. Plant them in 4 to 5 inches of rich soil in a sunny location and watch them grow.


Goliath tomato plants are one of the best varieties to grow in the humid, warm climate of upstate South Carolina. These huge tomatoes get their name from the expansive foliage and large fruit that they produce. This variety of tomato is an early producer that boasts brilliant red fruit full of tangy and sweet flavor. It produces fruit right up until the first frost. Goliath tomatoes usually reach 1 to 2 lbs in weight, but it is not altogether unusual for this variety of tomato plant to produce fruit weighing up to 3 lbs. Goliath tomatoes are hardy and disease resistant.


Brandywine tomato plants have won various contests for best-tasting tomato. This tomato variety dates back to 1885. It is an Amish heirloom variety that vigorously produces an abundance of red tomatoes weighing 1 to 2 lbs each. The rich, creamy taste of brandywine tomatoes make them delectable in sauces, salads and soups. This variety is also a favorite on burgers, sandwiches, wraps and in many other recipes.

Viva Italia

Viva italia tomato plants grow well in upstate South Carolina. This variety of tomato plant produces deep red, plum-shaped fruit with a sweet and tangy taste that is great for cooking and particularly suitable for salsa. Viva italia plants produce a hearty and abundant crop of tomatoes with fruit usually weighing about 3 oz each.

Sun Gold

Sun gold tomatoes were voted the number-four best-tasting heirloom tomato in a Los Angeles event called Tomatomania. This is a variety of cherry tomato that ripens to a bright, golden orange color. Sun gold tomato plants vigorously produce 1/2 oz fruit throughout the warm summer months. The produce of these tomato plants tastes sweet and intensely fruity. Toss them with red varieties of cherry tomatoes for a colorful and flavorful salad.

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