The Q&A Archives: tomato for heat

Question: What tomato varieties do you recommend for the summer heat in Alabama? I'd like an assortment of types if possible.

Answer: Tomato varieties can be classified as early season, mid-season and late season based on the number of days from setting out of plants until first fruit can be harvested. Early season varieties range from 50 or fewer days to 69 days. Examples are Early Girl ? 54 days or Quick Pick ? 60 days. Mid-season varieties range from 70 days to 79 days. Examples are Celebrity ? 70 days and Better Boy, 75 days. Late varieties require 80 days or more to ripen fruit. Examples are Ace ? 80 days and Arkansas Traveler ? 85 days. You can also plant some of the heirloom types - Rutgers and Mortgage Lifter are recommended by the cooperative extension office in Auburn.

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