What tomatoes will you grow in 2019?


Flavor Bomb cherry tomatoe for sure. They are very sweet and flavorful.



When you say full size, do you mean beefsteak type tomatoes? If you are looking for something that works for general use and is meaty enough for processing you might consider Danko, a determinate (or semi-determinate) heart.


Tony, I’m curious, did you compare it with super sweet 100, which one is sweeter?


I like Copper River.


I mean not cherry and not cocktail size - I have those. My main purpose is making salads, sauces, and also juice. I do not like plum tomatoes as I didn’t see any that have taste. I do have one determinate kind (Defiant) that has good taste but kind of dry - very useful for ajika sauce, but I have one more spot this year available for short tomato, so thought something like salad one, that can be used for juice as well.


Flavor bomb is better overall with similar sweetness but more productive clusters, a tad bit larger, and more flavor.



Tony, thanks for recommending this cherry tomato.


My suggestion of Danko was because hearts are good for a dual purpose tomato, with better taste than any of the pastes (to me) and enough size to be used as a slicer, but still meaty enough for sauces, etc. But it sounds like your other tomato covers you for sauce, so I think @Fusion_power 's suggestion of Sophie’s Choice is a good one.

If you are interested in trying something other than a pink/red, you might consider one of the tomatoes from the Dwarf Tomato Project. Although not determinate, they stay small and do reasonably well for production. One of my favorites is Tennessee Suited which is a dark tomato with stripes, essentially a small beefsteak in size. Very pretty and very tasty. I’ve had the best luck pruning them to 2 stems instead of letting them just become a big dense bush, since in my hot humid area disease is a challenge with any tomato so keeping them trimmed up a bit keeps the air flowing between leaves.

While not a determinate, Druzba is a very nice medium sized red tomato that doesn’t get nearly as tall as most other indeterminates and seems to top out around 4-5 feet for me.


Why is Zogola a (must grow)? Do you consider it one of the good ones?


Zogola is indeed one of the “good” ones, but that is not why I must grow it. I must grow Zogola because the few sources of commercial seed have been crossed with a smaller and less tasty tomato resulting in a lot of seed that is not Zogola being sold as though it is. I have seed of the original pure strain and need to grow it out to supply to https://www.sandhillpreservation.com/vegetables so they will have the correct tomato.

I would not compare much to super sweet 100. It is a relatively tasteless tomato that brix around 10. If you want a sweet tomato, Sungold is hard to beat with brix of 12 to 13. I also sell Hibor which is a small orange pear shaped tomato that can brix up to 14. I want a more flavorful tomato personally so my goal for this year is to cross Hibor with Swamp Sweet Orange pear which tastes delicious but is relatively low in sugar. I hope to combine flavor with sweetness. Time will tell!


My seed order from Tomatoville came with a sample pack of Lime Green Salad tomato. Searched but no mention of it on this site. Anyone grow it and is it worth the space?