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May 12, 2016 8:44 AM CST
Hi there, I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Do you have any recs for different types of tomato plants that will do well in my garden?
Thanks a bunch!
Name: Daisy I
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May 12, 2016 9:41 AM CST

First determine the length of your growing season - the number of days between your last frost in spring and your first frost in the fall. Read the seed packages or plant tags; somewhere on there, it will state "days to maturity" (or close to that). The number of days until you can expect tomatoes to pick starts counting when you put your little plant in the ground.

So if the package says "100 days" and you plant on June 1, you can expect to pick your first tomato in the first week or so of September. I live in zone 6 and my growing season is 135 days long so I look for tomatoes that have a growing season of 65 to 70 days at the most. I want to pick more than one tomato before the frost kills them.

If you go to the left hand bar on this page and click on "Goodies", you can find your hardiness zone and if you follow the link to the "gardening calendar", it will tell you the length of your growing season. The information you find there is just a guide as weather is unpredictable and you may have other factors influencing your particular climate.

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May 12, 2016 11:55 AM CST
Welcome dreemesicl! You may want to check the Vegetables & Fruit forum, which has several discussion threads specific to tomatoes.

This one is a bit lengthy, I can't slog through that many responses myself, but has valuable information on heirloom varieties.
The thread "Welcome to the Heirloom Tomato thread!" in Vegetables and Fruit forum

This one is more manageable (so far) and focuses on hybrids:
The thread "Hybrid tomato reports" in Vegetables and Fruit forum

You can also search for 'tomato' within that forum which will bring up other threads.

I have found that tomatoes can be persnickety for me and have kept records of which specific varieties I have tried each year, noting how well (or not) they produced and how the taste was. Over the years I have been able to single out varieties that thrive in my particular micro-climate. Good luck and have fun.
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May 12, 2016 1:27 PM CST
Welcome, Tammy ( @dreemesicl ) !

I'm way farther north than you are and I grow all sorts of tomatoes (and definitely get more than 1 tomato from them before the end of the growing season Big Grin ). I plant mine out around the beginning of June, so I would think you can probably plant out now, or even earlier in May, in Cincinnati.

A couple of smaller-fruited ones that we always grow are Juliet and Fourth of July. For larger tomatoes, Celebrity is very popular (although it didn't do the best for me; but that may have been because we had particularly cool weather the summer I tried it). If you know someone nearby that grows tomatoes you could ask them what kinds they like to grow, or ask at the garden center where you go to buy your plants. Others that I really like are Country Taste, Viva Italia, and Pruden's Purple -- but I don't know if those are commonly available for sale, I've been starting my own plants from seed for a long time. I hope you have a great garden season! Smiling
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May 13, 2016 5:47 PM CST
There are so many varieties. And are you looking for snacking and salad types like cherry tomatoes? Or sandwich slicers like beefsteak types?

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