Tomatoes are one of the most popular items grown in home gardens. Because they can be grown in a relatively small area, growing and caring for tomato plants is not difficult. Tomatoes have become a staple in many households, but there are many different types of tomato plants.
Beefsteak tomatoes plants produce very large tomatoes. One slice of this tomato will cover a slice of bread. It is not unusual for these hearty tomatoes to weigh two or more pounds each. Look for them to ripen late in the season.
Cherry tomatoes are very small tomatoes, mostly used for salads. These tomato plants produce a bountiful crop of tomatoes, so one plant will be all you will need for your family. These plants will produce tomatoes all the way to first frost.
These are the most commonly seen tomato plants in home gardens. Stake and cage these tomatoes to ensure proper growth. They key is to keep the tomatoes from the touching the soil. The indeterminate tomato plant will produce tomatoes all summer long and keep producing until it is either killed by the frost or cut back by the gardener.
Unlike the indeterminate plant, the determinate tomato plant's tomatoes will ripen early in the season and then stop producing tomatoes. You will get only one good harvest per season from these tomato plants.
Paste tomato plants produce dense, meaty tomatoes with few seeds. These tomatoes are less juicy than other types and have no centre core. Paste tomatoes are ideal for canning.
Jubilee tomatoes are a deep orange/yellow and are a sweeter tomato than the traditional red. This is due to higher sugar content. Jubilee tomatoes ripen early in the season.
There are many varieties of heirloom tomato plants available. These plants are large and sprawling and produce late ripening tomatoes. They are known for being hearty and disease-resistant. Brandywine and Black Krim are just two varieties of heirloom plants.
Roma tomato plants produce small elongated tomatoes which are meaty and good for pastes. They are early ripening tomatoes. They contain few seeds and are disease-resistant. This tomato is often used to produce tomato sauce.