Tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by yogihelen
June 19, 2010
I am wanting to plant some smaller tomatoes next year. My neighbor has some tomatoe plants about 3 feet tall and bears a lot of tomatoes.I planted some potatoe tomatoes and they are hugh, about6 ft. tall.I would like to know what is the best tomatoe for the Houston area. I like canning tomatoes and table ones also. Thank You.

Answer from NGA
June 19, 2010


There are two types of tomatoes: determinate and indeterminate. Determinate types are also called bush tomatoes. They grow to a certain size, then develop their fruits all at the same time. Determinate type tomatoes are great for canning and for table use. Indeterminate tomato plants continue to grow and produce tomatoes all summer long. Plants can grow over six feet tall. If you are looking for a smaller tomato, grow a determinate type. The following varieties are great for Houston:
Improved Better Bush; indeterminate; Good producer of large fruits. Big Beef; Indeterminate; Large fruits with great taste. Carmello; Indeterminate; Very productive; Great taste. Carnival; Determinate; Good producer; Good taste and large tomatoes. Celebrity; Determinate; A very popular tomato for Houston. Dona; Indeterminate; Always a solid producer in my garden; Great taste. Floramerica; Indeterminate; Made for hot weather; Another very popular tomato for Houston. Jet Star; Indeterminate; Very productive in my garden.;Good flavor. Wild Texas Tomato; Indeterminate; This is the most flavorful tomato I grow. The fruits are a little smaller than a marble, but packed with flavor. Usually the first and last tomato of the season. Reseeds freely. Don't miss this one!

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