Types of Tomato Plants

A List of Tomato Varieties to grow at home

Here you will find useful information to help you to choose the best type of tomato plant to grow in your garden, indoor or in a greenhouse.

There are many tomato viarieties to choose from. They vary in sizes, colours and flavours. 

Types of tomatoes include:

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Beefsteak tomatoes
  • Plum tomatoes
  • Cocktail tomatoes
  • Salad tomatoes
  • Pear tomatoes
  • Cordon tomatoes
  • Bush Tomatoes

The list above includes some of the most common tomato types which you can come acrross, but there are more. Some of the most popular tomato types you can find in shops are salad tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes and plum tomatoes. These names refer to groups of tomato varieties categorised this way due to their sizes and how we use them. This is what to expect from these kinds of tomatoes:

 

The most popular tomato types

Salad tomatoes

This is a very popular type of tomato which you can often find in the supermarkets. They are the size of a golf ball and as the name suggests, they are great for salads as well as salsas or everyday cooking. 

Cherry Tomatoes

They are the size of a cherry, hence the name. Cherry tomatoes are one of the sweetest tomato varieties, make a great salad ingredient or a snack on its own. 

Beefsteak Tomatoes

They take the name after their size – they are the largest type of tomato. Some people love them because they are easy to handle and slice due to the size. Because of that, they are great for sandwiches or to stuff them.

Plum Tomatoes

Plum tomatoes are very juicy. They also haven’t got many seeds, which makes them perfect for various tomato sauces and purees. 

 

Determinate and indeterminate tomatoes

What is the difference between determinate nad indeterminate tomato plants? 

  • Determinate tomatoes are a bush plant type.
  • Indeterminate tomatoes are a tall vine like plant
  • Semi – determinate tomatoes are between the two – part bush part vine plant.

Tomato varieties

Which tomatoes to grow indoors, outdoors or in a greenhouse?
When to grow them and what fruits you will get.

Examples of tomatoes for growing at home:

 

Tumbling tom red or yellow

Type: determinate
Where: indoor and outdoor, baskets and containers
When: fruits in 8 – 9 weeks, indoors January – March, outdoors March – April
Fruits: rosy red and yellow (depending on the seeds), sweet, small size

Red Alert

Type: determinate
Where: outdoors
When: in 8 – 9 weeks
Fruits: red, small
Flavour: very tasty
Advantage: early crop and thanks to maturing early, not prone blight

Roma VF

Tpe: semi-determinate
Where: outdoors or indoors
When: in 10 weeks
Fruits: red, plum shaped, almost seedless
Advantage: great yields, disease resistant

Marmande

Type: semi-determinate
Where: outdoor
When: in 10 weeks
Fruit: red, large, irregular
Flavour: slightly tart, tasty
Special requirements: extra support due to large fruits

Ailsa Craig

Type: indeterminate
Where: indoor and outdoor
When: fruits in 9 – 10 weeks
Fruit: red, medium size
Flavour: tasty rich flavour

Alicante

Type: indeterminate
Where: outdoors
When: fruits in 9 – 10 weeks, early season, plant out only after last frost as the plants are delicate
Fruit: red, medium size
Flavour: great flavour

Black Russian

Type: indeterminate
Where: outdoors
When: fruits in 9 – 11 weeks
Fruit: dark purple with red, large beefsteak, can be oddly shaped

Black Krim

Type: indeterminate
Where: greenhouse or a warm spot outdoors
When: fruits in  11 weeks
Fruit: large black with reddish glow
Flavour: very juicy and sweet

Brandywine

Type: indeterminate
Where: outdoors
When: fruits in 11 – 13 weeks
Fruit: large, pink and red
Flavour: excellent, considered as one of the best beefsteak tomatoes, dates back to 1800’s
Special requirements: extra support due to large fruits

Gardeners delight

Type: indeterminate
Where: outdoors or greenhouse
When:  fruits in 9 – 10 weeks
Fruit: red, small, slightly larger than cherry tomatoes
Flavour: tangy and sweet

Moneymaker

Type: indeterminate
Where: outdoors
When: in 8 – 9 weeks
Fruits: red, medium size
Flavour: may be a bit bland
Advantage: great yields 

Sungold  F1

Type: indeterminate
Where: outdoors
When: in 8 – 9 weeks
Fruits: yellow and orange, small
Flavour: very sweet
Advantages: tobacco virus resistant

Tigerella

Type: indeterminate
Where: outdoors or greenhouse
When: fruits in 8 – 9 weeks, early season
Fruits: red with orange stripes, medium size
Flavour: excellent flavour
Advantages: great yields

 

I hope this gives you some idea what to expect from different to mato varieties and halps you choose those you want to grow. 

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